We’ve heard of the Koreans being the Irish of Asia. But in a recent video video interview in the Wall Street Journal World Bank president Jim Yong Kim says that “Koreans have expressly said they want to be the Amsterdam of Asia.” To many, that would mean Korea wants to legalise certain narcotic substances – not something you would naturally associate with Korea. But what he meant was that Korea wants their young people to speak at least two foreign languages – for example Chinese and English. Certainly makes a lot of sense for a number of reasons, and in the ten years or so that I’ve been visiting Korea I’ve noticed English language skills foreign language skills improving. But maybe Oslo or Copenhagen would have fewer confusing connotations than Amsterdam.