No Language Barrier: 15 Expat-Friendly Countries That Speak English

Dateline: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

You’ve been itching to live abroad or start working towards a second passport, but one thing stops you.

You’re monolingual.

“Do you speak English?” – asking this over and over again and fumbling for the right words to order a coffee or even register at your new address in your new country has little appeal.

While some will find the total immersion in a foreign language enticing, romantic even, there are plenty of others who shudder just thinking about it.

And that’s why they keep putting off moving abroad and lessening their tax burden.

It can certainly feel isolating not knowing the language that the majority of the people speak. Sure, you can get by with English at touristy spots and hire a local to help you navigate finding a property and the bureaucracy, but it’s not quite the same as connecting with a place on a more personal level.

Yet, if not being able to speak a second language is stopping you from living overseas and gaining tax advantages, don’t let it.

I’ve got you covered – here’s a quick run-down of this article:

  • What’s In a Language, Anyway?
  • 15 Expat Countries that Speak English (and Make Sense Tax-Wise)
  • Other English-First Scenarios
    • Norway, Sweden, Denmark – the Scandinavian Trifecta
    • The Netherlands
    • The Balkans – Serbia, Croatia, and Bulgaria
    • The Baltics – Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia
  • And the Very Best English Speaking Country in the World Is…

What’s In a Language, Anyway?

Prior to moving to a new place, the number one fear faced by expats is… the language barrier.

It comes before the fear of being too far away from friends and family, and way before things like culture shock or lesser healthcare and infrastructure standards.

I know this all too well, having lived and worked in many new countries in my life.

And although I can speak Spanish and communicate well enough in Russian, there is nothing like the feeling of seclusion that comes with not being to understand the news, the shop vendor, or the taxi driver.

A kind smile and hand gestures go a long way, but that’s not really a fulfilled life, is it?

There is so much value in these micro-interactions that there is little wonder people who don’t speak a second language are hesitating to move abroad.

But with so much to gain, both personally and financially, don’t let it become the reason you’re missing out on life.

The great news is that you can decrease your tax burden and move to a new place without having to make compromises on your quality of life.

There are a good dozen of English speaking countries that are great for you tax-wise.

Which one you go for all depends on your outlook, your financial goals, and your offshore strategy.

15 Expat Countries that Speak English (and Make Sense Tax-Wise)

I’ve gathered up the ultimate list of expat-friendly countries where you can get by with English perfectly fine.

Actually, not just get by, but adapt to a whole new culture without speaking a foreign language, create relationships with not just expats but locals too, and really thrive.

Here are the 15 best English speaking countries to move to if you want the tax advantages of living abroad without having to learn a new language.

Now, just to get over some funny-sounding accents…

1. Bahamas

The Bahamas Countries that speak English

The Bahamas is not only among the best countries that speak English but also the best countries for tax-free living.

Obtaining a residence permit for the Bahamas is easy and living in the Bahamas is tax-free.

Considering millions of tourists and an endless number of cruise ships head there each year, it doesn’t sound like a bad life. Beyond the beaches, 87% of Bahamans speak English well.

So, if the island life appeals to you and you’re unphased by the potential devastation that tropical storms can cause (think back to Hurricane Dorian which killed 53 people), it could be a good choice.

And if you want to do business in the Bahamas, it’s a well-recognized tax haven, with favorable tax laws that welcome foreign investment.

2. Belize

Belize Mayan Ruins AND English

If you want to comfortably enjoy the beach and Mayan ruins while speaking English with the locals, head to Belize.

The EU has just removed Belize from its tax haven blacklist and it’s now an even better place to consider for offshore banking.

In fact, you might actually want to move there yourself as the country’s official language is English and a reported 63% of the population speak it.

Sure, there are pockets where Belizean Creole or Spanish are used more often, but English should be enough to go about your affairs and social life.

And needless to say, it’s a beautiful paradise along the coast of the Caribbean Sea: you can explore Mayan ruins or go snorkeling, fishing, sailing, caving…

Adventure awaits.

3. Bermuda

King's Wharf Bermuda

You can find native English speakers and stunning sunsets in Bermuda.

It only makes sense that Bermuda, as a British Overseas Territory, would be among the list of countries where people speak fluent English.

Bermuda is one of the most livable countries with no income tax, although it’s extremely expensive to live there (think $15-a-gallon milk). Finding a property will also be a tall order as it’s in short supply and relatively expensive.

Yet, if you have the cash and want to live on a highly developed island with close travel connections to the United States, Bermuda may be for you.

It is also an excellent offshore banking hub. And at 97%, more Bermudans speak English than do mainland Americans.

4. Dominica

Tropical paradise Dominica countries that speak English

You can get automatic citizenship in this tropical paradise for a $100,000 donation to the Dominican government.

Please note, this bit is about the island of Dominica and NOT about the Dominican Republic – two separate countries.

As home to the world’s most affordable citizenship by investment program, Dominica isn’t just a place to get a second passport, it’s also a Caribbean paradise, where over 2,000 Americans live. These are mostly retirees and sun-birds, so if you’re after an upbeat lifestyle, Dominica is possibly not for you.

Unlike Saint Kitts and Nevis, where English is also very widely spoken, Dominica does have an income tax, so be careful spending too much time there.

5. Gibraltar

Gibraltar English speaking countries

If you want the beauty of the Spanish coast accompanied by an English-speaking population, Gibraltar gives you just that, plus an attractive tax regime.

Gibraltar has long been a European tax-haven and the perfect place to set up shop whether you’re incorporating a business (no capital gains tax) or deciding to become a tax resident (maximum effective tax rate of about 25% with the possibility for a lump-sum tax).

Obviously, being a British Overseas Territory, albeit on the southern coast of Spain, it’s official language is English, so you would have no problem getting by.

Residence permits are easy to come by and the overall culture is rather welcoming. Plus, you can always pop over to Andalusia for the wines, cured meats, and flamenco if you feel bored.

Keep in mind that some uncertainty remains with the impact of Brexit.

6. Ireland

Ireland countries that speak English

Ireland is undoubtedly one of the friendliest countries that speak English.

It will be quite easy to keep a pulse on life in Ireland because, although Irish Gaelic is recognized as the official language, a mere 5% of the population actually speak it on a regular basis.

Ireland runs on English, which is great news for you. And while it’s not exactly a recognized income tax haven, it is an offshore paradise.

Companies such as Apple and Google have long recognized this and have established businesses in Ireland decades ago – the 12.5% corporate tax is the main appeal there.

Virtually everyone in Ireland speaks English. Sure, there is some vocabulary that will be different and the accent will take some getting used to, but Ireland ticks many boxes:

  • A highly reputable country on the international scene
  • Member of the EU, it’s very close to the continent
  • Modern infrastructure, high-standard health care, and education
  • A great quality of life enjoyed by both expats and locals alike

Personal income tax ranges from 20%-40%, but with some smart planning, your decreased corporate taxation could make up for the relatively high-income tax.

And if you don’t qualify for citizenship by descent in Ireland, you can still get residence by investment in the Emerald Isle.

7. Isle of Man

Isle of Man Countries that speak English

If you don’t mind paying a little tax, you could live in this English-speaking country that’s just a short flight from London.

Could you see yourself living on a tiny island in between Ireland and the United Kingdom?

It’s well-connected to both and to Europe too.

It’s a self-governing territory of the British Crown and it features sleepy fishing towns, medieval castles, and vast rural landscapes.

Needless to say, everyone there speaks English, so if you’re after an island that’s a bit closer to where life is happening (as opposed to, say, Mauritius), then the Isle of Man could be a good choice. London, Dublin, and Edinburgh are all just a quick plane ride away.

Income tax operates in two bands of either 10% or 20%, so it’s not too high in exchange for an English speaking environment that has all the amenities that a low-key island life could require.

8. Jersey

Gorey Castle Jersey

Mont Orgueil Castle is known as Gorey Castle to the English speakers on channel island of Jersey.

Don’t be fooled by the town names on Jersey – St Helier, St Ouen and La Pulente all sound suspiciously French.

However, Jersey has two official languages, and one of those is English.

Located in between the UK and France, it’s a so-called ‘channel island’ that offers stability, a relatively high quality of life and a booming finance sector.

There is no capital gains tax on Jersey and the income tax is a flat 20%.

While not that low, you can opt to pay a lump-sum tax that may make it worthwhile to gain access to the Jersey infrastructure and the countries nearby too.

9. Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

Given past British involvement in this Southeast Asian paradise, you can get by just speaking English in Malaysia.

I’ve had a base in Malaysia for many years now and I don’t place learning Malay high on my priority list, even though I spend a good deal of time there.

Here in Kuala Lumpur, practically everyone speaks English to some degree, and if you stay in the city, you don’t need to learn Bahasa Malay. English is the de facto official language.

I’m a huge advocate for living in Kuala Lumpur and don’t mean to insult the locals, but outside of similarities with Bahasa Indonesia, there isn’t a lot of utility for Malay in global business or when traveling elsewhere.

There are also some islands where you can immerse yourself fully in the local culture and speak only English, for example, Langkawi and Penang – and both offer a great quality of life.

Plus, foreign-source income is not taxed in Malaysia, so if you’re bringing in your dollars, pounds or euros into Malaysia, you can spend them tax-free.

10. Malta

Malta Countries that speak English

While it is closer to Italy than it is to Britain, English is the language of choice in Malta.

Malta may as well be the best place to live in Europe when it comes to countries that speak English.

And it certainly helps that it’s a tax haven, allowing offshore companies domiciled there to claim a huge credit on taxes they pay and get their corporate tax rate as low as 5%.

Setting up a company in Malta also allows non-EU citizens to obtain residency in the country. Plus, the territorial tax system means that foreign income will not be taxed unless it is remitted to Malta, at which time it will be taxed at a rate of just 15%.

If living on an island that’s said to be quite traffic-ridden gets boring, you’ll have access to all of Europe without having to do the ‘Schengen Shuffle’, which is great.

On top of Malta’s benefit as an offshore hub for easy banking, low taxes, and openness to industries like gambling, 89% of all Maltese speak English.

All of this makes living in Malta more than just a Mediterranean paradise.

11. Mauritius

Mauritius Countries That Speak English

You may have never heard of this African island nation, but you’ll be amazed at all it has to offer, including an English-speaking populace, tax benefits, offshore companies, and advantages for crypto investors.

English is the official language in Mauritius, so why isn’t it on more people’s radar?

The beaches, underwater waterfalls, snorkeling opportunities galore… This petite Indian Ocean island surely packs a punch.

Yet, what really caught my eye is the ease of doing business there. Its favorable tax laws and expansive banking system mean that you can take your offshore incorporation to Mauritius quite easily.

Income tax rates stand at 10-15% and there are laws saying that only income remitted to Mauritius is taxable. In other words, not all of your worldwide income would be affected.

Finally, Mauritius recently became the very first country in the world to introduce custodian services to digital assets such as Bitcoin. Want to keep yours away from prying eyes?

The answer is Mauritius.

12. The Philippines

Manila Philippines More English In Cities

You’ll have a better chance of running into English speakers in the Philippines if you stay in larger cities like Manila.

I bet you’ve never thought of the Philippines as your English-speaking country of choice, have you?

Through historical ties, English has been the unofficial language of the Philippines for decades. It is widely taught in its schools, although I’d say you should stick to mostly urban areas to experience the 64% of the people who speak English in the country.

As a nice bonus – only income derived from sources within the Philippines is taxed, so if you have foreign income, this would be exempt.

Retirees especially love the Philippines for the relatively low cost of living and the low-key island lifestyle, feet in the sand.

13. Puerto Rico

San Juan Puerto Rico

If you’re willing to move yourself and your business to Puerto Rico, you could enjoy a 4% corporate tax as a US citizen in this US territory where English is widely spoken.

Imagine having the quality of life similar to that of the United States, yet living in a tropical paradise, with abundant flora and fauna.

English and Spanish-speaking Puerto Rico is an unincorporated US territory, which means it gets some of the benefits of being associated with the US, but not all of the rules and regulations.

You can read more about the Puerto Rican tax incentives for US citizens here, but if you’re just interested to see what life is like there, then it would suffice to say that it’s an eclectic mix of the English and Spanish cultures.

14. Singapore

Singapore Skyline

Nothing says opulence and luxury like Singapore. The fact that it’s one of the tax-friendly countries that speak English is just the icing on the top.

Singapore is a place where so many nationalities and cultures intermingle that it’s hard to imagine it as a place where English is widely spoken.

But forget the preconceptions – most Singaporeans are native bilinguals. If you want to do business, English is also the de facto language of banking, hand-shaking, and contract signing.

You should know that one in five of the expats in Singapore is a millionaire; it’s an extremely pricey place to live and you’ll need some good capital to make the move.

I wouldn’t recommend burning the ships and severing all ties with your home country if you were to come live in Singapore, however.

Sure, it can be great, but it can also feel a tad too sterile and uneventful, as far as countries go.

15. Vanuatu

Port Vila Vanuatu Countries that speak English

You can get residence or citizenship in Vanuatu and enjoy tax-free living in the English-speaking country.

Vanuatu is far, far away.

It might make sense to New Zealanders or Australians to move there because, for them, it’s relatively close. But for everyone else…?

Imagine visiting family back in Los Angeles every Christmas – a logistical nightmare at worst, and an extremely long journey of 3+ flights at best.

However, if you want to take the plunge and give Vanuatu a chance, you’ll be glad to know that 62% of the population speaks English.

Plus, it’s one of the easiest places on earth to pay zero income tax and get a second passport in a matter of months.

Other English-First Scenarios

If you’re not so much concerned about the lessening of your tax burden or if you are simply looking for the best English speaking countries to live in for a part of the year (thus not becoming a resident as per my Trifecta Strategy), here are some more set-ups.

But first, let’s take a walk down memory lane.

While my family traveled rather extensively when I was a child, I’ll never forget one of my first solo trips as an adult.

Owing to my partial Norwegian heritage, I went to Norway. And I had figured that languages like Spanish or Chinese would be of little use, so I took a few months before the trip to learn Norwegian.

Not exactly the first language most people would want to learn, right?

So, one early autumn morning, I arrived at Oslo airport, made it through the amazingly efficient immigration desk in short order, and headed into the city center.

Oslo’s central station was largely empty on a Sunday at 8 am, but I was eager to practice my new language skills, as there aren’t exactly a glut of Norwegian speakers outside of, well, Norway.

I asked one of the few people working outside the train station “Hvor er Storting gate”, or “Where is Parliament Street?”

Without missing a beat, the guy looked up at me and replied, “It’s the second street over there on the left.”

Months of listening to old cassettes – yes, that was the only product available for learning Norwegian back then – seemed to have all been for naught as no one in Norway wanted to speak Norwegian with me.

As one of the world’s wealthiest countries (and not a bad place to bank offshore), Norway has encouraged learning English and most of the population speaks it rather fluently.

So, there is little surprise that among a few of the other English-first scenarios that I have listed below, you’ll find Norway first.

Just to be clear, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend becoming a tax resident in the following countries, although a place like Lithuania with its rate of 15% might seem appealing.

1. Scandinavia – Norway, Sweden, Denmark

Lovatnet Lake Loen Norway

If you’re just looking for an English-speaking country to visit, consider the Scandanavian countries. Just don’t stick around long enough to pay taxes.

These Viking lands are economic powerhouses, where the lingua franca is English. So, while it might not be an obvious choice, you should give them a fair chance.

Norway, Sweden, and Denmark are rated as some of the happiest places on earth, so you know that the quality of life there is through the roof.

What they are not, however, are tax havens. Featuring some of the highest rates of income tax in the world, it won’t be suitable for everyone to move there on a permanent basis.

However, if you plan it out carefully and don’t become a tax resident, Scandinavia is an amazing place to live.

High-quality food, top public services, unspoiled nature – this could be all yours and you’d get to enjoy it in English too.

2. The Netherlands

The Netherlands Tulips

The Netherlands has a large population that speaks English as a second language, and apparently they do it very well.

Recently, Rotterdammers were named as the most adept at speaking English as a second language… in the world!

Amsterdam, the Hague, and other Dutch cities are not that far behind, making the Netherlands one of the biggest English strong-holds in Europe (outside of the UK, of course).

If you have ever dreamed of spending your days strolling along the romantic canals of Amsterdam, you’ll be happy to know that over 90% of Dutch speak English. More than 15 million of them, in fact.

While becoming a permanent resident of the Netherlands may not be the best move for tax purposes, Western citizens can easily spend half of their year in Europe’s Schengen area, giving you plenty of time to enjoy a second home in Amsterdam.

Bonus point, the Netherlands has some favorable corporate arrangements in place, thanks to its copious tax treaties and tax participation exemptions (e.g., dividends and capital gains realized are exempt from corporate tax).

It’s a highly stable country with access to all of Europe, extremely modern health, transport, and educational facilities.

What’s not to like? Well, the income tax is the stinger, so watch out and don’t overstay your non-resident welcome.

3. The Balkans – Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria, and More

Dubrovnik Croatia Adriatic Sea

Dubrovnik, Croatia: You may be surprised by how many English speakers you can find in Eastern Europe.

Depending on where you are in the Balkans, you might have some luck with Italian or German. However, the main second language of the younger generation is English.

Sure, the older generator might still be monolingual or speak Russian as their only foreign language. But stick to bigger cities like Zagreb, Sofia or Belgrade, and you shouldn’t encounter any problems assimilating into the community as an English speaker.

Some Balkan countries also have favorable tax regimes with flat income tax rates and are extremely grateful for foreign capital by way of incorporating business or investing.

So, if you are looking for an English speaking expat country that’s a bit under the radar, the Balkan countries might be a good choice for you.

4. The Baltics – Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia

Vilnius Lithuania Countries that speak English

You may not have put Lithuania on your list of countries that speak English, but you are sure to find plenty of English speakers here and in neighboring Estonia and Latvia.

The Baltics are usually skipped over in favor of someplace else, usually with richer cultural history, better food, or a milder climate.

And if you think this way too, you’re really doing yourself no favors. These three countries have been experiencing some of the fastest growth rates in the EU over the last three years.

There’s loads of investment potential and the programs for foreign capital, as well as some terminated tax exemptions, are really generous.

With more and more foreign investment and tourism, the Baltics can provide quite a comfortable life that comes at a fraction of the cost of Scandinavia, but many of the same amenities.

Especially in Vilnius, Riga, and Tallinn, you can work towards lower tax rates and fully immerse yourself in the social life speaking English only.

And the Very Best English Speaking Country in the World Is…

… the one you move to after you do your due diligence.

I’ve given you lots of food for thought as to which world country you can call home and still go about your daily life solely in English.

Yet, as my team and I always say, “go where you’re treated best.”

Choosing an English speaking country is a puzzle that needs to be picked apart:

  • Will it make sense for you to become a resident in the country?
  • Would you want to invest there too?
  • Are you going to take your business there?

At the end of the day, where you choose to live is all part of a holistic strategy that you can use to create a life of greater personal and financial freedom. If you want help figuring out which country fits best into your individualized plan, feel free to reach out.

Andrew Henderson
Last updated: Oct 1, 2020 at 12:39PM

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  1. Hollow

    No mention of Belize????

    • Nomad Capitalist

      Belize and Singapore would make the top 10. 80% English speaking.

      • james jones

        Thailand was impressive to me.

      • Lillian Chebet

        I am from Kenya, born and raised. I need to move quickly from this country, the rate of unemployment and being underpaid is the norm here. Taxes are in their high and cost of living is unbearable.
        Considering that I am a single mother of two babies, both below 3 years, which country can I easily move to? I am looking for a country to permanently move to and raise my babies.
        An English speaking country where I easily secure a job and live comfortably

    • Hafi Rahman

      There is mate

    • Deborah J Dirk-Halley

      Has lots of crime. Choose New Zealand, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Netherlands.

  2. Robert Collins

    Sweden and Netherlands are dangerous places if you are a man. Too many women crying false rape for money shakedowns. You are guilty even though there is no proof in their vaginas or any physical contact and you can lose your freedom on a mere unsubstantiated allegation just like the Wikileaks founder.

    • Freek

      Other than finding this a bit of a weird comment, I’ve been living in The Netherlands for whole my life and literally never heard this before. It may be a law, we are a progressive country, though it never happens.

      Regarding the article, we Dutch do all speak English, and I know this is the case in Scandinavia as well

      • Ouch!

        Though many Scandinavians and Dutch nationals speak some English there are a lot who don’t.

    • NYB

      Must be American.

      • MGTOW

        #Metoo, #Timesup, and it is 2018 now… False allegations are the new normal. If you went there in 2015 and invested your money you would really be in a bind right now. I would say the OP was right on target. Or do I need to link videos showing women running around Sweden mimicking horses protesting statues of men on horseback or the #inteerkvinna ? Sweden is not a country to invest in or travel to at this time. (Especially if you are a man) A Swedish Police station was actually attacked with grenades on 17 January 2018. To ignore this and continue calling Sweden a model nation for travel and investment is to ignore the problems that unbridled immigration and certain political leanings have created there. The climate for healthy investment is not there.

        • Angel

          This is not accurate at all.

    • John

      Are you sure you talk about NL or Sweden? Or did you just have a bad tream that you took for true?

    • Matt Johnson

      You should probably stop raping so many people.

    • Angel

      What nonsense!!!!

  3. grahame paul

    Hi Andrew
    You can add No 8 South Africa to your list of expat countries to live and where English is widely spoken, even though there are 10 more official languages spoken here. You don’t need to know or understand these other languages. But if you don’t mind a bit of crime now and then, South Africa can be a popular destination to spend some time. You only need to get out when it gets a little too hot to handle. And I’m not talking about the weather here.

    • Amelia

      Left South Africa 7 months ago. Beautiful country however not just a bit of crime. Lots of crime. I worked in Joburg known as Gangsters Paradise. Am in the UK due to language. Would prefer to move to either Spain or Portugal. Not sure if we will get a job and have 3 grandchildren and a daughter to consider. Any advice will be welcomel

    • Garry

      A bit of crime now and then….what South Africa do you live in? People are leaving South Africa in their droves. 500 000 in the past 10 years. Crime is totally out of control, farm murders are politically motivated. Land expropriation without compensation if you are white. 55 murders every day, hi jacking rape and violent crime are amongst the highest in the world. Education excluding elite private schools are amongst the worst in the world, you only need a 35% pass to get into university. Violent Protesting and burning of buildings happens throughout the country every day. Public transport is non existent, Xenophobic attacks on foreigners is a real problem, and to top it off political parties like EFF and BLF are blatant racists and are calling for whites to be slaughtered or sent back to Europe in open parliament….the ruling ANC does nothing……oh yes we are also a junk status economy and below investment grade so is this enough reason to leave South Africa off the list ?

  4. P.

    But Danes are very cold. I got a real shock when I visited Copenhagen, people just aren’t friendly. I felt quite uncomfortable during my stay there.

    • paperheart

      We’re just very introverted, it’s not really normal to talk to strangers… where are you from?

      • P.

        From Ireland. One local after I asked her for directions even stopped me to explain that you’re not unfriendly it’s just you’re way. She even used the word cold. I get it. Hey I find Irish people annoying so every country is different I suppose. 🙂

  5. walt bowlby

    Canada speaks english too.

    • Shiloh

      But if someone wants to experience a new culture, Canada is hardly the first choice. It’s a beautiful and amazing country but lets be real, it’s not that different from the US… it IS different, but compared to Europe, it’s pretty close. 🙂 But I love Canada, the people are so great.

      • Jack

        How are you supposed to really experience a new culture if you don’t learn their language, though? 🙁

      • Deborah J Dirk-Halley

        Yeah, why don’t those come from Central America, Mexico don’t make the effort to learn the language of their country they just showed up in . Americans always bend over backward for other countries. I find it insulting for those who just not only show up and expect all the necessities of all they want.

  6. Jones

    You can add Iraq to that list.

    • Abdul Bin Ameen

      Sure, if you are tired of living. Explosives and bullets are more in circulation than Coffee.

    • Lynn

      So one of the reasons you rate the Scandinavian countries is excellent public services? Who do you think pays for those? Not you apparently by the tenor of this article. Do you think those citizens who pay their higher taxes for excellent public services are suckers? You should go where you deserve.

  7. Lulu

    Hi Andrew,
    Could you add some tips about New Zealand? I saw it mentioned earlier in your article, but it’s not on the list. Are there good reasons for that? It is beautiful there, and I always tell people I would love to live there! I would love to hear your advice on how easy or difficult it would be take up residence. Thank you! Lulu

    • Rich

      New Zealand is a beautiful country and the people are friendly. It is somewhat socialistic and has some accompanying problems. The biggest negative is that they have little industry and thus goods that you can easily get in the U.S. may have to be imported, and that takes time. For example, if you need a part for your car you may have to wait for weeks. The positives way outweigh the negatives.

      • Andrijana Maletic

        Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Rich.

  8. Shiloh

    As someone living in China, that would be false. Shanghai and Hongkong is not “almost everyone”.. those are the only two places you can count on it. Even in Beijing, I use my Chinese often bc virtually no one speaks English.. and any other cities like Chengdu and Chongqing? Forget about it. Unless you have a tour guide you absolutely cannot expect it.

  9. Hazel Cassidy

    He mentioned Ireland as an obvious choice because… English is our first language. Certainly not the second language. Spoken by 100% of the people, sheesh – I thought that was common knowledge.

  10. Lady 'T'

    Please let me know the best English speaking country I can live in. Taking into consideration I am an African woman, a paraplegic and with a zeal and zest to live longer. I want to be able to do legitimate work and earn money. give advice and if possible contact me on suggestions privately, please.

    • Mr. Perfect

      Try New Zealand. I love it here, everyone speaks English, and the country has a bit of everything. We have mountains, forests, beachs, citys, and farmland, all in a nice compact package.

  11. NiveLives

    You can also add Israel.
    Almost all natives will have reasonable english skills.
    English is taught as a second language in all main public schools (starts in elementary school).
    Also consumption on english media is prevalent (film, TV & music)

    • Deborah J Dirk-Halley

      That is a very good suggestion. Israel is a wonderful country and is very innovative when comes to technology.

  12. Kostas Notias

    The demonym for the Bahamas is Bahamian.

  13. chantry

    I could not гefrain from commenting. Perfectly written!

  14. diyana

    I’m a student who is expecting to go to a university abroad and have a job what would be the best countries with low expenses.

  15. Jason D Carroll

    I am a Christian. As such, the euro nations, and especially the Norwegian trifecta are a no-go zone for me. There have been several cases of children seized from homes due to “Christian indoctrination” and the Euro nations are embracing Sharia law. I cannot go there.

  16. Kelvin

    Need more info.

  17. USAsux

    Girl what, why do you think Scandinavia has some of the happiest citizens in the world??? There are high tax rates because their government actually cares about its citizens and appoints those tax dollars to benefitting the communities and people that live there instead of billions going to the military. Just because there is a high tax rate does not mean your net income would be less than in the shitty US.

    • Deborah J Dirk-Halley

      So true.

  18. Joe

    Oh yes Israel, if you like living in a fascist most religious governmet then add that to your list and have fun observing the racism happening everywhere you look.

  19. ian

    As a devout athiest could I live in israel ? Doubtful

    Cyprus however yes. I spent 3 years there with the RAF 1968 to 1971. Loved it so much that after leaving the RAF I bought a home in Ayia Napa. Great decision.

    They even drive on the left.


    • Phil Carrick

      Great article thank you. Despite also being in the RAF Ian, I was never fortunate enough to have a free holiday there like you lol. Would you recommend Cyprus as a place to live?

  20. Wes GADDIS

    It’s apparent that some of the commenters did not read the title of the web page. It is Nomad Capitalist not Nomad Socialist. lol have a great day.


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