English is operating language for 25% of Danish companies

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Business English is becoming more and more widespread in Denmark, with some 25 percent of companies now employing it as their main operating language, according to a survey by the Confederation of Danish Industries (DI).

Of the 400 businesses polled, one in four had now started using English for inter-office e-mails, when placing job adverts, at meetings and in official company documentation.

Mette Fjord Sørensen, DI’s spokesperson, said the trend goes hand in hand with globalisation and is used by companies to attract more international workers.

‘It’s a good signal to send to international customers,’ Sørensen told Berlingske Tidende newspaper. ‘Social integration of foreign employees becomes easier when you can build a bridge between nationalities through a common language. You create a business culture.’

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