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Young Czechs and Slovaks skilled in languages

YOUNG people in Slovakia and the Czech Republic have an above-average knowledge of foreign languages compared to young people in some other European Union member countries, the news wire TASR wrote.

These findings are based on a survey conducted in six European countries over the past three years within the fifth EU Framework Programme - Young People and European Identity, coordinated by professor Lynn Jamieson from the University of Edinburgh.

They were presented in Bratislava on June 18 by Slovakia's national project coordinators, Ladislav Machacek and Gabriel Bianchi, of the Slovak Academy of Sciences.

The aim of the project, funded by the European Commission and conducted in Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Great Britain, Slovakia, and Spain, was to find out how young people perceive their identity, citizenship, and bonds with regard to their local community, nation, and Europe.

It shows, among other things, that, while most young Slovaks and Czechs have travelled abroad in recent years, most young Spaniards and Britons have not.

A large number of young Czechs and Slovaks want the experience of studying and working abroad, with the intention of returning to their home countries.

Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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