Norway completes the triad of the three main Nordic countries that are considered most fluent in English. It has similar rates of English proficiency to Sweden and Dernmark (85-90% of the population) and consistently ranks as the fourth best country in the world for English language skills – see here and here.
Norwegian, Swedish and Danish all have their roots in Old Norse and a speaker of one has a default capability to at least understand the other two languages. But the Scandinavians’ language ability doesn’t stop there. Virtually all are fluent in English too.
Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Iceland have English proficiency rates in the 85-90% range. Finland is a little behind at around 70% proficiency, but this is still higher than most other countries in the world where English is not the first language.
What country speaks the most English?
India is the most populous nation with English as its official language, with over 1 billion people. The smallest nation where English is an official language is Niue, which has a population of just 1,600 people.
As Sweden aims to internationalise its higher education sector and attract more foreign talent, one of its advantages is the country’s high English proficiency. For the fourth time in the past eight years, Sweden ranks number one on the 2018 EF English Proficiency Index .
Why do Norwegians speak English so well?
Scandinavians Recognise the Benefits of Speaking English Outside of Scandinavia. The main reason Scandinavians push to become fluent in foreign languages is unsurprising. … As English is considered the main international language, there is a particular emphasis put on learning this language, above all others.
Does Denmark speak English?
Denmark has one official language: Danish. However, there are several minority languages spoken throughout the territory, if you include The Faeroe Islands and Greenland. Danes are taught English from a very young age and 86% of all Danes speak English as a second language.
But, Norwegian is definitely the easiest Nordic language to learn from the Scandinavian region. When it comes to Danish vs Norwegian, Norwegian is easier to understand. Their writing is the same, and there’s not a lot of difference between vocabulary and grammar either.
Does Finland speak English?
English. The English language is spoken by most Finns. Official statistics in 2012 show that at least 70% of Finnish people can speak English.
Do Swedes and Norwegians speak the same language?
There is no single official language of Sweden and Norway and the people of the countries speak Swedish and Norwegian respectively. Every common language of Scandinavian countries has its own unique features. Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish form a dialect continuum of Scandinavian languages.
Which country speaks worst English?
|2021 Rank||Country||2021 Proficiency Band|
|109||Rwanda||Very Low Proficiency|
|110||Democratic Republic of Congo||Very Low Proficiency|
|111||South Sudan||Very Low Proficiency|
|112||Yemen||Very Low Proficiency|
Does Norway speak English?
The vast majority of Norwegians speak English in addition to Norwegian – and generally on a very high level. Many university degree programmes and courses are taught in English.
Which European country speaks English the most?
With a proficiency of 71.45%, the Netherlands is the country with the highest proficiency in English in all of continental Europe. Whether it’s the similarities between English and Dutch, or some other factor, the population of this region can speak English at near-native levels.
Can Norwegians understand Swedish?
They generally speak their local dialect. Because of these Norwegian get to use of an understanding wide variety of spoken dialect that probably makes them understand Swedish and Danish. Studies show that Norwegian speakers generally understand Danish and Swedish better than Danish and Swedish understanding each other.
What language is closest to English?
The closest language to English is one called Frisian, which is a Germanic language spoken by a small population of about 480,000 people. There are three separate dialects of the language, and it’s only spoken at the southern fringes of the North Sea in the Netherlands and Germany.
Finland, according to some Finns I know, is not part of Scandinavia, which comprises Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Together with Iceland and Finland (and the Faroes), they together form the Nordic Countries.