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Which European Countries Speak the Most English?

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that is according to an EU site "the % of the populace who is able to hold a conversation in English?

figures for non-EU countries like Norway and Switzerland are not included but I would think Norway as much as any and Switzerland fairly high as I have heard in Switzerland many times German-speaking Swiss conversing with say French-speaking Swiss in English, not knowing their country counterpart's tongue.

Surprise - only 85 % of Brits and Irish can carry on a conversation in English - well in the Midlands area I'd say it would be much higher - at least understandable English! as most of us would call it!

The lowest country is kind of a surprise to me - lower than Romania, Bulgaria even!

But for the perennial question will I need to know the local language and the angst it may provoke - you may feel comfy going to countries where English is widely spoken (unfortunately these seem to be the most expensive countries!

Note my theory the bigger and more population a country the less likely they are to speak English!

any commens invited!

Prost!

https://www.google.com/search?q=cefalu+images+sicily&es_sm=93&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=luJrVLrVMYv1yASSxoDgAw&ved=0CB8QsAQ&biw=1455&bih=977

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