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|region1name=[[Balkans]]
 
|region1name=[[Balkans]]
 
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|region1items=[[Albania]], [[Bosnia and Herzegovina]], [[Bulgaria]], [[Croatia]], [[North Macedonia]], [[Montenegro]], [[Romania]], [[Serbia]], [[Moldova]]
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|region1items=[[Albania]], [[Bosnia and Herzegovina]], [[Bulgaria]], [[Croatia]], [[North Macedonia]], [[Montenegro]], [[Romania]], [[Serbia]] , [[Moldova]]
 
|region1description=Balkans have a rich, though often turbulent, history with wonderful nature, charming multicultural towns, impressive monasteries and citadels dotting the hillsides, and mountains with beautiful forests, pleasant lakes, and stunning beaches.
 
|region1description=Balkans have a rich, though often turbulent, history with wonderful nature, charming multicultural towns, impressive monasteries and citadels dotting the hillsides, and mountains with beautiful forests, pleasant lakes, and stunning beaches.
  
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|region12description=Russia is a country of vast, empty expanses that spans all the way east to the Pacific Ocean with an immense diversity of peoples along the way, and cultural hot spots such as Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Novgorod on the European side. Ukraine is a diverse country that has a lot to offer, from the beach resorts of the Black Sea to the beautiful cities Odessa, Lviv and Kyiv. North of Ukraine lies Belarus, a country unlike anywhere else in Europe.
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|region12description=Russia is a country of vast, empty expanses that spans all the way east to the Pacific Ocean. Ukraine is a diverse country that has a lot to offer, from the beach resorts of the Black Sea to the beautiful cities Odessa, Lviv and Kyiv. North of Ukraine lies Belarus, a country unlike anywhere else in Europe.
  
 
|region13name=[[Nordic countries]]
 
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*[[Istanbul]] — the only major city to span two continents and a fascinating melting pot of East and West
 
*[[Istanbul]] — the only major city to span two continents and a fascinating melting pot of East and West
 
*[[London]] — Britain's vibrant capital, a true 'global city'
 
*[[London]] — Britain's vibrant capital, a true 'global city'
*[[Madrid]] Spain's capital city
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*[[Madrid]] - Spain's capital city
 
*[[Moscow]] — Europe's largest city is famous for its nightlife and the iconic Kremlin  
 
*[[Moscow]] — Europe's largest city is famous for its nightlife and the iconic Kremlin  
 
*[[Paris]] — the capital of romance (and France) on the banks of the Seine
 
*[[Paris]] — the capital of romance (and France) on the banks of the Seine
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*'''[[Plitvice National Park]]''' — beautiful turquoise-coloured lakes surrounded by a large forest complex in [[Croatia]]
 
*'''[[Plitvice National Park]]''' — beautiful turquoise-coloured lakes surrounded by a large forest complex in [[Croatia]]
 
*'''[[Stonehenge]]''' — the well-known Neolithic and Bronze Age stone monument located on Salisbury Plain, [[England]]
 
*'''[[Stonehenge]]''' — the well-known Neolithic and Bronze Age stone monument located on Salisbury Plain, [[England]]
*'''[[Tara River Canyon]]''' - the deepest canyon in Europe is located in the border of [[Bosnia and Herzegovina]] and [[Montenegro]].
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*'''[[Tara River Canyon]]''' - the deepest canyon in Europe is located in the border of [[Bosnia and Herzegovina]] ([[Repubic of Srpska]]) and [[Montenegro]].
 
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==Talk==
 
==Talk==
English proficiency varies greatly across the continent. In the [[United Kingdom]], [[Ireland]], [[Gibraltar]], [[Cyprus]], [[Malta]], the [[Netherlands]] and [[Scandinavia]], nearly everyone is able to communicate in English with varying degrees of fluency. German-speaking areas (particularly in [[Austria]], [[German]] provinces of [[Switzerland]] and the former West Germany), [[Greece]], [[Slovenia]], [[Croatia]], [[Luxembourg]], and the [[Flanders]] region of [[Belgium]] are also good bets for English, though you may need to bear with heavy accents. Outside these areas, English proficiency will primarily be a function of age, educational attainment (i.e. those who are currently studying at or have recently graduated from university will likely be more proficient), proximity to the city centre and whether they work in tourism-related industries.
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English proficiency varies greatly across the continent. In the [[United Kingdom]], [[Ireland]], [[Gibraltar]], [[Cyprus]], [[Malta]], the [[Netherlands]] and [[Scandinavia]], nearly everyone is able to communicate in English with varying degrees of fluency. German-speaking areas (particularly in [[Austria]], [[German]] provinces of [[Switzerland]] and the former West Germany), [[Estonia]], [[Greece]] and the [[Flanders]] region of [[Belgium]] are also good bets for English, though you may need to bear with heavy accents. Outside these areas, English proficiency will primarily be a function of age, educational attainment (i.e. those who are currently studying at or have recently graduated from university will likely be more proficient), proximity to the city centre and whether they work in tourism-related industries.
  
 
A bit of German and Russian may be known by older generation of people who grew-up in the former Eastern Bloc.  If you can read German reasonably well, you may also be able to understand the writings in Dutch and Scandinavian languages.   
 
A bit of German and Russian may be known by older generation of people who grew-up in the former Eastern Bloc.  If you can read German reasonably well, you may also be able to understand the writings in Dutch and Scandinavian languages.   

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