The best countries in Europe for expats who only know English
If you're an English speaker planning to move to another European country in 2022, you might want to go somewhere where you can get along with people right from the start.
Although learning the local language of your new home should be a priority, it takes time.
In some European countries, English is widely spoken. Other countries require knowledge of the local language just to apply for residency.
Northern European countries have the best English language skills
Croatia is in 10th place, but northern European countries dominated the ranking. Finland and Sweden come in 9th and 8th, while Denmark is in third place.
In second place comes Austria, scoring 641 points out of a possible 800. The Netherlands takes first place, with 91 to 93 percent of Dutch people saying they are able to hold a conversation in English.
Of the European countries, Italy was ranked lowest.
Which European countries require language skills for residence permits?
In order to obtain permanent residence and citizenship, Germany requires knowledge of the language. Current regulations require German at level B1.
In Norway, temporary residence permits have no language requirements, while permanent residence permits require good knowledge of the language.
Permanent residence in Switzerland also requires knowledge of one of its languages ??(German, French or Italian) at level A2 for speaking and A1 for writing.
Both France and Sweden are currently considering introducing language requirements for long-term or permanent residence permits.
Which European countries have the lowest language requirements?
Many countries do not require language skills for residence permits and only require language skills to apply for citizenship.
Spain, for example, only requires an A2 qualification in Spanish to apply for citizenship. Portugal also requires A2 level for citizenship. Countries like Italy and France require B1 level language skills to apply for citizenship.