Eight major languages are spoken in Western Europe (Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish) along with many others such as Basque, Irish and Welsh.

Beyond Britain and Ireland, English is very widely spoken in northern countries such as the Netherlands, generally becoming less common the further south you go. Residents of large cities, towns and tourist hubs are more likely to speak at least some English; less so or not at all in remote areas.