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Top 10 European Countries by English Proficiency

Name the countries in Europe with the highest % of people who can speak English, either as a native or additional language.
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level 58
Jun 2, 2017
Maltaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh
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level 44
Jun 9, 2017
Got Malta after remembering it is a former British colony.
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level 57
Sep 5, 2017
Fun fact, Malta voted to join the UK as a constituent country, but later became independent anyway.
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Sep 19, 2017
Aaaaaustriaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!
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level 55
Sep 19, 2017
Nothing to do with your comment, but as happy as I am that comment likes are now a thing, I'm sad that only comments on new quizzes will ever get likes. Kalbahamut had some great ones I'd "like" to find and "like".
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level 74
Jun 2, 2017
Not Iceland? Who else speaks Icelandic??
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level 61
Jun 4, 2017
Danish is a common second language in in Iceland.
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level 50
Sep 19, 2017
I like Icelandic even though I don't speak it. Just saying Eyjafjallajokull impresses people :)
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level 63
Jun 3, 2017
I am continually amazed at the abilities of some Nations to speak other languages, I have Dutch and German friends that speak English as well as any English people, better than some. Not just correct, but using regional jargon as well.
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level 40
Jun 9, 2017
If you are surrounded by countries that speak different languages, you tend to have the language taught to you in school. The ad- vantage (or, in reality, the disadvantage) of being born in the United States is that we are surrounded by "countries" (read states) that speak English. Even so, some states are advanced enough to require the teaching of foreign languages in their High School and Colleges/Universities.
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level 59
Jun 9, 2017
I think there's also a significant difference between countries whose dominant languages aren't usually dubbed over English-language tv and movies. Dubbing does nothing to teach language; subtitling does lots.
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level 58
Jun 12, 2017
As for Germany pretty much everything is dubbed. I like to watch movies in English though (if that's the original language of the movie) because it feels more authentic to me. This and chatting with foreigners in English probably improved my English. I mean I wasn't bad at school but learning or improving a language through something you enjoy is way easier and more efficient.
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level 72
Sep 19, 2017
We had to take a foreign language in my high school back in the '60s, and I took two years of Spanish. However, I can remember very little of it now. Even my daughter who majored in French, did study abroad in France, and has vacationed there more than once now has trouble remembering the language. I have a friend who grew up in Germany but has been in the US over twenty years. She says she is losing some of her native language. I think with language it holds true, "Use it or lose it."
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level 53
Sep 19, 2017
After my first 30 years in Germany, I've been living the last 12 years or so in the UK. Luckily I still have a habit of talking to myself a lot in my native language, so I never forget it. :)
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level 66
Sep 19, 2017
I work internationally on a fairly constant basis. My experience is consistent with these statistics, although it is hard for me to imagine who the 10% of Dutch are who are not English proficient. Damn near 100%, if you ask me. And much higher in Germany and Austria. Yes, I have observers' bias, because I generally am in contact with other businesspeople or folks at airports/restaurants/hotels or other service providers that generally will have contact with English speakers. But, pretty much, English is so invasive due to the cultural impact of the US, even those who are not 'proficient' have a decent working knowledge.
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level 69
Jun 3, 2017
Only 98% in the UK? That means there over a million people in the UK who cannot speak English even as an additional language.
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Jun 6, 2017
Mostly recent immigrants
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level 15
Jun 9, 2017
Maybe some Welsh too.
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level 56
Aug 8, 2017
to whom everyone else is a recent immigrant...
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level 65
Sep 19, 2017
If there are any Welsh people who can't speak English, the numbers must be in the double figures at most. I was born in Wales and spent the first 21 years of my life there, but have never met anybody who can only speak Welsh.
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level 47
Sep 19, 2017
Don't forget Scottish Gaelic - although admittedly, if you know Scottish Gaelic but don't know English and you live in the U.K., you're not going to fare too well.
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level 51
Sep 25, 2017
I met one Welsh person who couldn't speak English, and that was in 1995 and she was very old at that point. She was a rarity even then. I seriously doubt there is more than a handful of monoglot Welsh speakers these days, if any at all.
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Jun 9, 2017
obviously UK
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level 43
Aug 28, 2017
for some quirky reason of my own I missed united kingdom?
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level 57
Sep 5, 2017
Surprised not to see France on this list.
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level 63
Sep 19, 2017
I'm not.
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level 47
Sep 19, 2017
they only like to speak french
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level 63
Sep 19, 2017
Being French myself, I’m not surprised at all.
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level 32
Sep 19, 2017
De même.
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level 55
Sep 19, 2017
Parisians usually speak English, but it is much less common in the rest of the country.
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level 47
Sep 19, 2017
only 98% in Great Britain ???
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level 47
Sep 19, 2017
Well, it's better than the rate in the U.S. Very few people speak Native American these days.
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level 40
Sep 19, 2017
NATIVE American? - Do you mean Navajo, Cherokee, Cree, Mohican or some other?
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level 52
Sep 19, 2017
Actually missed UK because I thought it was "besides the UK"..
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level 35
Sep 19, 2017
Same here. Doh...must read the question!
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level 55
Sep 19, 2017
I am now a US citizen but originally from Belgium. We studied 4 languages in school and I studied Italian later on. Love it.
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level 54
Sep 20, 2017
Would really love to see the figures for the microstates: Monaco, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, San Marino, and the Vatican (all 600 priests that live there or whatever). Kinda surprised none of them made the list.
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