Why the Dutch Are So Good at English

The locals are overwhelmingly tall. They ride their bikes everywhere very freely and without helmets. They’re great at sea level living. And now, in the most recent EF English Proficiency Index (EF EPI) ranking they came in #1 place for English. This was out of 72 countries measured in English skills. Over 90% of people in the Netherlands claim to know English. So, why are the Dutch so good at English?

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It’s a tiny country filled with 17 million people and it has the 17th largest GDP in the world, and the 5th largest in the EU. The Middle East and South America rely on sizeable Arabic-speaking and Spanish-speaking market to drive growth, but...

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