Swiss population's English skills are decreasing

For the fourth year in a row, the country has fallen down the ranks on the English Proficiency Index; the world’s largest ranking of countries and regions by English skills.

According to the annual study by Education First, Switzerland has slipped from 29th place in 2022 to 30th in 2023. 

It comes in just behind Hong Kong at 29th, Argentina at 28th, and Nigeria at 27th and is way outranked by frontrunners The Netherlands, Singapore and Austria at 1st, 2nd and 3rd place respectively. 

The survey also shows that German-speaking Switzerland still outperforms French-speaking Switzerland and Ticino, although all the country's language regions saw their levels fall in 2023.


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