At issue are data from the EF English Proficiency Index (EF EPI) report, which analyzes data from 2.2 million non-native English speakers in 100 countries and regions.
Portugal is the seventh country in the world with the best English proficiency, according to the EF English Proficiency Index (EF EPI) report, which analyzes data from 2.2 million non-native English speakers in 100 countries and regions. In a ranking led by the Netherlands, Portugal is still behind Denmark (2nd), Finland (3rd), Sweden (4th), Norway (5th) and Austria (6th).
This is the best record ever of Portugal in this ranking, after having entered for the first time last year the strict group of countries with "high proficiency" in English. Porto is, for the second year in a row, the Portuguese city where this language is best spoken. Coimbra (2nd) and Braga (3rd) close the national podium. Lisbon, which won the award two years ago, was no more than 4th place this year.
EF EPI is based on the results of the EF Standard English Test (EF SET), the world's first free standardized English test. EF SET has been used around the world by thousands of schools, companies and governments for large-scale testing.
Women speak better English
The study - which assessed the English of more than 2.2 million people - concludes that worldwide women speak English better than men, although the disparity is less and less evident compared to past editions of EF EPI.
In Portugal, as was recorded last year, men were better rated than women. Nevertheless, Portuguese women also reach a "very high" level of English this year (61.3 points), well above the average for men worldwide (49.8 points).
Young Portuguese women between the ages of 21 and 25 continue to be the best rated in EPI - a report that shows a correlation between fluency in English and purchasing power, quality of life, innovation and a set of other socio-economic indicators.
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