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10 countries where you can get away with English without any problems
Which traveler does not know these unpleasant situations on vacation, in which one would like to communicate with the locals, but one does not speak their language. However, if you speak English, you should go to the following countries, because you can get away with it there.
In the annual edition of the EF English Proficiency Index (EPI), the language travel provider EF Education First compares the English proficiency of 72 countries worldwide. The result: Above all the Nordic countries, but also the German-speaking countries, impress with their fluent language skills. So if you speak good English, you will have absolutely no problem in Norway, Denmark & Co. chatting with the locals in English.
A stay abroad in the following countries around the globe can also be arranged without any problems with good English - in the countdown:
10th place: Argentina
When you think of Argentina, tango, Patagonia and football immediately come to mind, but the second largest country in South America has so much more to offer: from exciting metropolises with European flair to breathtaking natural landscapes - Argentina has it all. Definitely worth a visit are the cities of Buenos Aires and Córdoba. From there you can also ideally admire the natural spectacles of the country, such as the endless steppes, tropical rainforests, unique glaciers and dreamy beaches. If you cannot or do not want to rely on your Spanish, you can get along well with English in Argentina, especially in the coastal regions and large cities. However, it is of course a good idea to practice a little Spanish, as it is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world.
In Argentina, it's not only easy to communicate, but your wallet is also spared on a holiday here. If you want to find out more about these and other top destinations for small budgets, read on here: 10 of the cheapest vacation destinations in the world
9th place: Hungary
Magnificent cities, flourishing vineyards, the wide steppe of the Puszta and beautiful river landscapes along the Danube and Tisza characterize Hungary. The capital Budapest is particularly worth seeing, with its Art Nouveau buildings, countless thermal baths and a lively art and cultural scene. But there is also a lot to explore in Budapest apart from the capital, for example the flat southern shores of Lake Balaton, the Mediterranean-looking city of Szeged and the enchanting Esterházy Palace in Fertőd, which is considered the Hungarian Versailles and is a World Heritage Site. Hungarian is probably one of the most difficult languages to learn because it is also a very unique language. But anyone who speaks English will get along very well with it all over Hungary.
There is so much to see in the Hungarian capital that a little planning in advance is definitely not a mistake to accommodate as much as possible. Here you can get inspiration: The top 10 things to do in Budapest
8th place: Portugal
If you are looking for a sunny travel destination but don't want to fly far, Portugal is your ideal travel destination. The north attracts with the wine region of Porto and numerous historical buildings, such as the Palace of Sintra, the Alcobaça monastery or the Templar castle Tomar, while the south of the country attracts with golden sandy beaches, steep bays and green natural landscapes. Portuguese is a very melodious language, but if you don't want to learn a new language immediately because of a vacation, you can also use your local knowledge of English in Portugal, as the population throughout the country speaks English very well.
So much to see, so little time - what you shouldn't miss during your stay in the Portuguese capital, you can find out here: The 10 most beautiful sights in Lisbon
7th place: Philippines
The Philippines also enchants with endless white sandy beaches, turquoise water and many a pristine island. Whether diving, trekking or just pure relaxation on the beach - the Philippines have it all and are a true paradise on earth. And best of all: English is the second national language there. This means that there are no language barriers to overcome and as a tourist you can get around this extremely hospitable country easily and without problems.
The Philippines not only offer luxurious holiday comfort for everyone who is looking for it, here you can just as easily go into the wilderness and enjoy the unruly nature. We'll tell you here which places are particularly good for this: 12 islands on which you can become a survivor
6th place: Malaysia
Malaysia offers a varied mix of tradition and modernity. The country is particularly interesting from a cultural point of view, as the Malaysian, Chinese and Indian cultures meet here. This interesting mix can be seen particularly clearly in the capital Kuala Lumpur. If you want to escape the hectic driving force of the metropolis, Malaysia also offers many beautiful hideaways for every taste. Not only lonely sandy beaches attract, but also colorful coral reefs and tropical rainforests. Malay forms the basis for several regionally spoken languages and, with 200 million speakers, is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. If you are not one of them, you will get along very well with English throughout the country.
If you are on vacation in Malaysia and have enough time, you should also plan a trip to neighboring Thailand with its many paradisiacal islands. You can read which of them you should definitely see in our article here: 10 pristine islands in Thailand that not everyone knows - picture-perfect beaches included
5th place: Belgium
Of course, German is also spoken in parts of Belgium, but if you travel to the other parts of the country, have already forgotten your school French and do not understand Flemish, you can easily cope with good English in this country. In addition to the capital Brussels, there are plenty of other must-see cities in this beautiful country, including the lively port city of Antwerp, the world heritage city of Bruges and the cozy student city of Ghent.
Find the best city break deals for Brussels here
4th place: Singapore
As one of the most important metropolises in Southeast Asia, Singapore has developed into a country of superlatives in recent years. The multicultural city-state proudly presents its strong European influence, which is particularly reflected in the Central Business District. Here you will find spectacular skyscrapers, shopping streets and architectural marvels. But that is by no means the only reason to visit Singapore, because the Lion City is also extremely safe, green and clean. Incidentally, English is one of the four official languages in Singapore alongside Chinese, Malay and Tamil and is used a lot in everyday life thanks to the diversity of cultures.
Is it too boring for you to just walk on the well-trodden tourist paths? Here we reveal 7 insider tips for Singapore that are guaranteed to make your vacation in Asia unique!
3rd place: Finland
Finland is often referred to as the northern hidden gem, and not without reason. In winter, the landscape turns into a white winter wonderland, while in summer you can go to one of the countless lakes and relax in a Mökki, one of the traditional Finnish holiday homes with sauna. If you want to go on a discovery tour, you should start in the south of the country and visit cities such as Helsinki, the port city of Turku and the artist city of Porvoo. Culture lovers will love Rauma, while ski fans can enjoy the Lahti winter sports center. At the end of a perfect Finland tour, a visit to Lapland should of course not be missed - the breathtaking view of the northern lights awaits here at the end. Finnish is a very unique language, similar to Hungarian, but English is spoken very well by a large part of the population.
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2nd place: Sweden
Cozy small towns, endless forests, innovative cultural landscapes and a surprisingly mild climate - all of this makes Sweden a unique travel destination. But also the Swedes with their warm and hospitable manner make the country definitely worth visiting. The cities of Sweden also attract visitors to the fascinating country, for example historical charm and modern attractions meet in the Swedish capital Stockholm. Culture lovers, on the other hand, should head to multifaceted Gothenburg, while the south coast city of Ystad impresses with medieval sights and Kiruna offers endless outdoor adventures. Similar to its neighbors in Norway and Denmark, English is spoken by around 80% of the population in Sweden, as it is also very common on television (foreign films are not dubbed and often only have subtitles).
A visit to the magnificent capital of Sweden should definitely be part of a tour of the country. What you shouldn't miss out on, you can find out here: The top 10 sights in Stockholm
1st place: Netherlands
Endless tulip fields, huge windmills and hundreds of rivers, canals and canals characterize this country. Without a doubt, the cosmopolitan city of Amsterdam is the main attraction in the Netherlands. Numerous exciting museums, green parks and a never-ending nightlife beckon between the narrow houses in the historic center of the city. But many other places in the Netherlands should not be missing on a trip to the country, above all the young and dynamic port city of Rotterdam, the cozy art and culture city of Maastricht or the unique Wadden island of Texel with its golden beaches. Like German, Dutch belongs to the West Germanic language group, which also includes English. It is therefore hardly surprising that the Dutch not only understand and speak German well, but also speak very good English.
Do you want to discover and get to know countries from their authentic side and away from the usual tourist hustle and bustle? Then you should definitely take a look at this article: Off the Path: The best insider tips for Holland by Sebastian Canaves
Julie Bonnstädter grew up in Berlin and decided eight years ago to take the plunge across the canal. Now she lives in London and enjoys the fabulous culture and diversity of this unique city. She spends her free time with her dog in the country, in the kitchen to try out culinary recipes or on a trip to discover new and exciting places.
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