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A Complete List of English-speaking Countries

English is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. In this article, Buzzle compiles a list of all the nations where English is spoken.
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Fact about English being an official language in many countries in the world
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English is not an official language in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia―the countries where it is the native language.

The history of English goes back in the 5th century A.D., when Germanic tribes had invaded Britain. One of the tribes, Angles, came from "Englaland", from which the words "English" and "England" were derived. Since then, English has gone through various changes as Old English, Middle English, Early Modern English, and Modern English.

Over the last 2,000 years, the language has undergone various grammatical as well as phonological changes. Today, it is the third most-spoken native language after Spanish and Mandarin. It is the primary language of several sovereign states, and is widely learned as a second language in several countries.

English-speaking Countries and Territories

English Speaking Countries

RANK COUNTRY/TERRITORY TOTAL POPULATION TOTAL ENGLISH SPEAKERS ENGLISH SPEAKERS (%)
#1 Isle of Man 84,500 84,500 100
#2 American Samoa 55,500 55,500 100
#3 Gibraltar 30,000 30,000 100
#4 British Indian Ocean Territory 3,000 3,000 100
#5 Barbados 285,000 280,700 98.5
#6 United Kingdom 64,105,700 62,823,500 98
#7 Ireland 4,593,100 4,501,200 98
#8 New Zealand 4,546,200 4,455,300 98
#9 Jamaica 2,718,000 2,650,100 97.5
#10 Australia 23,591,500 22,883,800 97
#11 Bermuda 64,200 62,300 97
#12 U.S. Virgin Islands 106,400 102,100 96
#13 Falkland Islands 3,000 2,900 95.5
#14 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 109,000 103,600 95
#15 United States 318,554,000 299,440,800 94
#16 Dominica 71,300 67,000 94
#17 Niue 1,600 1,500 94
#18 Marshall Islands 60,000 56,100 93.5
#19 Palau 21,000 19,400 92.5
#20 Anguilla 13,500 12,400 92
#21 Pitcairn Islands 56 50 92
#22 Guam 159,400 145,100 91
#23 Grenada 103,300 94,000 91
#24 Guyana 784,900 710,300 90.5
#25 Netherlands 16,863,400 15,177,100 90
#26 Malta 416,000 370,200 89
#27 Trinidad and Tobago 1,328,000 1,162,000 87.5
#28 Bahamas 351,500 305,800 87
#29 Suriname 534,200 464,800 87
#30 British Virgin Islands 29,500 25,700 87
#31 Sweden 9,684,800 8,328,900 86
#32 Denmark 5,634,400 4,845,600 86
#33 Canada 35,427,500 30,290,500 85.5
#34 Israel 8,206,400 6,975,400 85
#35 Vanuatu 264,600 220,900 83.5
#36 Sierra Leone 6,190,300 5,168,900 83.5
#37 Northern Mariana Islands 53,900 44,700 83
#38 Liberia 4,397,000 3,627,500 82.5
#39 St. Helena 4,000 3,300 82
#40 Belize 349,700 285,000 81.5
#41 Singapore 5,399,200 4,319,400 80
#42 Antigua and Barbuda 86,300 69,000 80
#43 Norfolk Island 2,300 1,800 79.5
#44 St. Kitts and Nevis 55,000 42,900 78
#45 Cayman Islands 55,500 42,500 76.5
#46 Austria 8,527,200 6,224,900 73
#47 Cyprus 865,800 632,000 73
#48 Finland 5,460,500 3,822,300 70
#49 Montserrat 5,000 500 9.5
#50 Germany 80,716,000 51,658,200 64
#51 Switzerland 8,160,900 4,978,100 61
#52 Nauru 10,000 6,000 60
#53 Belgium 11,202,100 6,609,200 59
#54 Slovenia 2,063,600 1,217,500 59
#55 Federated States of Micronesia 101,400 58,300 57.5
#56 Philippines 100,083,700 56,547,300 56.5
#57 Luxembourg 549,700 307,800 56
#58 Greece 11,123,000 5,672,700 51
#59 Estonia 1,315,800 657,900 50
#60 Netherlands Antilles 227,100 113,600 50
#61 Samoa 187,800 93,900 50
#62 Papua New Guinea 7,398,500 3,699,300 50
#63 Pakistan 188,020,000 92,129,800 49
#64 Croatia 4,290,600 2,102,400 49
#65 Puerto Rico 3,615,000 1,753,300 48.5
#66 Nepal 26,494,500 12,319,900 46.5
#67 Hong Kong 7,219,700 3,321,100 46
#68 Latvia 1,996,500 918,400 46
#69 Jordan 6,618,000 2,978,100 45
#70 Bosnia and Herzegovina 3,791,600 1,706,220 45
#71 St. Lucia 180,000 77,400 43
#72 Aruba 101,500 43,100 42.5
#73 Iran 77,652,000 32,613,800 42
#74 Zimbabwe 13,061,200 5,420,400 41.5
#75 Cameroon 20,386,800 8,460,500 41.5
#76 Lebanon 4,966,000 1,986,400 40
#77 Brunei 393,200 153,300 39
#78 France 65,959,000 25,724,000 39
#79 Botswana 2,024,900 775,500 38
#80 Lithuania 2,939,400 1,117,000 38
#81 Seychelles 91,000 34,600 38
#82 Egypt 86,967,000 30,438,400 35
#83 Iraq 36,004,500 12,601,600 35
#84 Italy 60,762,300 20,659,200 34
#85 Poland 38,496,000 12,703,700 33
#86 Solomon Islands 581,300 183,100 31.5
#87 South Africa 54,002,000 16,740,600 31
#88 Romania 19,942,600 6,182,200 31
#89 Tonga 103,000 30,900 30
#90 Lesotho 2,098,000 587,400 28
#91 Thailand 64,456,700 17,403,300 27
#92 Portugal 10,477,800 2,829,000 27
#93 Czech Republic 10,517,400 2,839,700 27
#94 Slovakia 5,415,900 1,408,100 26
#95 Bulgaria 7,245,700 1,811,400 25
#96 Kiribati 106,500 25,600 24
#97 Spain 46,507,800 10,231,700 22
#98 Andorra 76,100 16,700 22
#99 Ghana 27,043,100 5,679,000 21
#100 Fiji 858,000 175,900 20.5
#101 Malaysia 30,229,000 6,196,900 20.5
#102 Hungary 9,879,000 1,975,800 20
#103 Cook Islands 15,000 3,000 20
#104 Kenya 45,546,000 8,653,700 19
#105 India 1,247,890,000 230,859,600 18.5
#106 Bangladesh 156,788,000 28,221,800 18
#107 Madagascar 21,263,400 3,827,400 18
#108 Namibia 2,113,100 359,200 17
#109 Turkey 76,667,800 13,033,500 17
#110 Zambia 15,023,300 2,403,700 16
#111 Mauritius 1,259,800 201,600 16
#112 Kazakhstan 17,285,000 2,679,200 15.5
#113 Rwanda 10,537,200 1,580,600 15
#114 Morocco 33,347,400 4,668,600 14
#115 Bhutan 750,500 86,300 11.5
#116 Cambodia 15,184,100 1,518,400 10
#117 Sri Lanka 20,277,600 2,027,800 10
#118 Tanzania 44,928,900 4,492,900 10
#119 Chile 17,773,000 1,688,400 9.5
#120 Yemen 25,235,000 2,271,100 9
#121 Uganda 35,357,000 2,828,600 8
#122 Brazil 202,991,000 16,239,300 8
#123 Algeria 38,700,000 38,700,000 7
#124 Argentina 42,669,500 2,773,500 6.5
#125 Russia 146,068,400 8,033,800 5.5
#126 Mexico 119,713,200 5,387,100 4.5
#127 Swaziland 1,268,000 57,100 4.5
#128 Colombia 47,722,000 1,908,900 4
#129 Malawi 16,829,000 673,200 4
#130 Turks and Caicos Islands 31,500 1,100 3.5
#131 St. Pierre and Miquelon 6,000 180 3
#132 Tokelau 1,400 40 3
#133 Gambia 1,882,500 47,100 2.5
#134 China 1,366,130,000 13,661,300 1
#135 Honduras 8,555,000 42,800 0.5
#136 Ethiopia 87,953,000 439,800 0.5
#137 Dominican Republic 10,378,300 51,900 0.5
#138 Guadeloupe 405,700 200 0.1

So, exactly how many countries speak English? Well, to answer that question, it is an official language in 83 countries, and is spoken in 55 other countries.
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Published: August 19, 2014
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