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I know many of you would love to travel to Europe but the thought of trying to communicate in a different language seems a bit daunting. So thanks to some feedback I’ve compiled a list of the 5 countries you can visit without speaking the national language.

 Scandinavia

Ok, so Scandinavia isn’t a country, it’s a region. However, the three countries that make Scandinavia are Sweden, Norway, and Finland. English is widely spoken in all of those countries and if you choose to visit you shouldn’t have any issues.

 Denmark

When I visited Denmark I didn’t even know how to say hi in Danish and I didn’t have to. Every place I went in Copenhagen I was greeted with people who spoke English. Whenever people would greet me or needed to ask me something they would speak in English with ease. It was amazing how many people spoke English!

  Greece

I thought when I traveled to Athens and Santorini  I would be lost since I didn’t speak Greek. I didn’t have a thing to worry about because everywhere I went people spoke English. From the small mom and pop shops to big hotels I was able to speak to everyone with ease.

 The Netherlands

Sometimes I think people of The Netherlands speak English better than Americans! You will have no issues getting around with your lack of Dutch skills. Everyone seems to speak English perfectly.

 England/Ireland

In both of these countries English is the official language. Not only do you have plenty of beauty and history to choose from but you can easily do it in English. In both Ireland and England they have very different accents than Americans so if you aren’t accustomed to hearing the differences that may be a bit difficult at first.

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 Malta

This is the only country I can’t vouch for personally but I have known travelers who have gone there and they haven’t had any trouble communicating in English while traveling.

 

Would you add any countries to this list? 

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Some people travel. Roni IS travel. For over 20 years she has been traveling the world and now shares her unique insight with her worldwide audience on her blog, www.RoniTheTravelGuru.com. Whether you have never gotten on a plane or are a seasoned traveler, the expertise and insider knowledge she shares on her blog will help you make your travels an adventure. No where else can you find the uniquely helpful ins and out given to you by someone who has lived overseas for 4 years, speaks fluent English, French and Spanish, and works for a major airline. And guess what? She’s also a licensed elementary teacher and has an MBA.

15 COMMENTS

  1. This is such a great post!!! I’d have to really agree with countries like the Netherlands and Denmark, the level of English comprehension is insane (i often feel so bad for no knowing THEIR language when traveling there). But its so helpful for travelers who are timid of a language barrier.

    Elise, http://www.madeforelise.com

  2. it always fascinates Me how many countries embrace the Wnglish language and speak it fluently. Traveling to a county that speaks another language is intimidating so this is a great list to follow especially if you haven’t traveled abroad.
    I wish I kept up with Dpanish/French from school. Don’t know until later in life how important a second language is.

  3. This is great information! I would love to travel to Europe. These countries are great places to visit. I’m sure I will make to these places one day. I’m adding a few of the countries you listed to my bucket list!

    Thanks for sharing.

  4. As a Greek/Nigerian, I love that you state the truth about Greece, everybody speak English and all tourist place have english staffs.But don’t limit yourself to Athens and Santorini alone, Greece is a big touristic world, explore.

    • I almost only write about my personal experiences, so I’ve only been to Santorini and Athens but I definitely want to explore more, I loved what I saw! Thanks for commenting!

  5. Are you serious? Where is Italy? 🙁

    I perfectly know that English is not spoken widely here, but we have so many beauties to see… (e.g. main cities: Rome, Venice, Florence, Milan, Verona, Bologna…) It worth a visit!
    As English is your native language, you don’t have any problem to communicate. I wouldn’t say “I ONLY speak English”, it’s such a good thing!

    When I was in Vietnam, 2 weeks ago, I met 2 girls from Colorado and they agreed with me that for English speaking people as mother tongue it’s easier to communicate all over the world, even if in some countries this language is not well known.
    Imagine how hard to me understand a vietnamese person speaking a bad English…! 😉 For you it’s easier! At least you master the language.

    So… don’t be afraid to travel to other countries in Europe!! Spain is amazing, as well as Portugal, France…
    I hope my comments will help you to plan your next trip to Europe and sorry for my English :p

    • I love Italy! But as I speak Spanish I was able to communicate with Italians that way. So I couldn’t include it on my list as I didn’t speak English while I was there:-)

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