The seventh edition of the EF English Proficiency index has some interesting things to tell about English as an international language. Which nationality is the most proficient? The Dutch. Which country has slipped to last place in Europe for English proficincy? Italy (thereby putting France in second-last place). And while European countries overall are more proficient than other parts of the world, there are interesting facts on all continents. Also interesting are the profiles of English language teaching initiatives in 20 countries.