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Quality of Life - English profiency

High English proficiency, internationally oriented

The region’s high tech profile, a highly skilled labour force and its favourable geographical location, make it a very attractive region to settle in for international companies and international knowledge workers.

Brainport Eindhoven is an international oriented region. Here you find a large, fast growing and thriving community of international knowledge workers. What makes living in the Netherlands even more attractive is that the Dutch are excellent English speakers.

A multilingual community
The Netherlands ranks number one on Education First’s ranking of countries by English skills, a worldwide benchmark for measuring and tracking adult English proficiency. Almost 90% of the Dutch population speak English and over 75% speak German. In international companies English is the working language but outside office hours you find that most Dutch speak English very well. In school we teach English and 2 other foreign languages, most often German and French or Spanish.
A substantial portion of Dutch media is in English, such as TV, books and advertisements. As a result, Dutch children pick up English quite easily at a young age.

“I like Dutch people. From all the European countries I visited, the Dutch are probably the friendliest and the easiest to approach. They are not closed-off and the people I meet are really passionate about what they are working on. Another good thing about the Netherlands is that everyone here speaks English. Professionals speak it very well.”

Mohammed Khan (22) from England, Automotive product development engineer Segula

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