The report, which has been published every year since 2011, analyzes the results of EF standardized English language tests on a sample of 2,3 million people in 100 countries. Countries, according to the results, were ranked on a scale of 0 to 100 based on respondents ’ability to read and listen. Of the four largest economies in the eurozone, France, Germany, Spain and Italy, “only Germans communicate well in English,” according to a report released by EF Education First, a Swiss company based in Switzerland that focuses on more than 600 foreign language schools in 50 countries. Language was once an obstacle, but today it is common and barely noticeable, for example, to hear a Dutchman order a glass of water from a Russian waiter in Japan. The primary reason for this is the fact that the English language business is the world’s lingua franca. But a new report shows that in certain leading European economies, English language proficiency is declining World Economic Forum. You can study the complete report HERE. The report shows links between the level of ability to communicate in English and a country’s success in a number of development indicators, such as net income and productivity. Also, knowledge of English is an important link in the success of the country’s tourism sector. Guests, who come from all parts of the world, feel much safer and more relaxed if their needs and requirements can be clearly understood. Although in Croatia, for example in Dalmatia, many tourist workers understand Italian and German, it is absurd to expect that they will understand guests from Poland, the Czech Republic, South Korea or China. Precisely for this reason, it is important to educate employees primarily in the knowledge of English, as a universal world language of communication. According to the EF report, Croatia is in a solid 14th place and is classified as a country with very high expertise in English communication. EF scale of English language proficiency levels by country Source / photo: World Economic Forum; Pixabay This is not the first time that studies have shown a link between economic prosperity and bilingualism, but correlations do not necessarily prove a cause-and-effect relationship. The question is whether knowledge of English facilitates global trade and investment, leading to growth and new jobs, or whether rich countries can invest more in bilingual education.