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If you're reading this story, the chances are you've got a pretty good grasp of English.
You're not alone -- an estimated 1.5 billion people speak English today, making it the most commonly used language in the world.
The majority are non-native speakers with English as their second language, while it serves as a third or fourth language for hundreds of millions more.
So which destination holds the most fluent non-native English speakers?
According to a new report by international education company by EF Education First, the Netherlands can lay claim to the best non-native English speakers across the globe.
The results of its English Proficiency Index, based on a free online test taken by 2.3 million volunteers, indicate that the Dutch are the most fluent.
Sweden was positioned just below, with a score of 68.74 out of 100, while Norway came in third with 67.93 points.
Although the destinations with "very high proficiency" were largely made up of European countries, Singapore and South Africa also scored highly, coming in fifth and sixth place respectively.
It's worth noting that destinations with greater access to computers and internet will likely have had higher numbers of participants, which may have skewed the results.
The report also found that English was the most widely studied second language in the world by far.
Bilinguality appears to be less of a priority for Americans, if a separate study by non-partisan American think tank Pew Research Center is anything to go by.
Published last year, the analysis found that just 20% of school students in the United States were studying a foreign language.
EF Education First's poll was measured by testing non-native English speakers in 100 countries and over 400 cities and regions who voluntarily agreed to take the test.
1. Netherlands 70.31 荷兰2. Sweden 70.72 瑞典3. Norway 68.38 挪威4. Denmark 67.34 丹麦5. Singapore 68.63 新加坡6. South Africa 66.52 南非7. Finland 65.86 芬兰8. Austria 63.13 奥地利9. Luxembourg 66.33 卢森堡10. Germany 63.74 德国11. Poland 62.45 波兰12. Portugal 60.02 葡萄牙13. Belgium 63.52 比利时14. Croatia 60.16 克罗地亚