I decided to write on this list of English Speaking countries, after discovering that before you’re qualified for scholarship into Universities in the United Kingdom, United States, etc, you must come from an English speaking country, or you are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Test Scheme (IELTS).
Brief History of the English Language
The English language approximately used by more 400 million in the world today, which means that there are 400 Million native speakers worldwide, trailing only Mandarin and Spanish. However, it is also the single most popular second language in the world today. As a result, when native and non-native English speakers are combined, it is recognized as the single most widely-spoken global language.
Although the most amazing fact is that English is recognized as an official language in a total of 67 different countries, including been the Defacto Official language in 27 non-sovereign entities. Moreover, it’s one of the major business language in our today business world, as well as the official language of a number of the world’s most important institutions, including the United Nations, NATO, and the European Union.
Which Countries Are the Main English-speaking countries?
The countries which are associated with English is perhaps the United States and the United Kingdom, and these two countries are the two largest English speaking countries. Since the United States have up to 300 million citizens, it is believed that about 230 million in the United States are native speakers, automatically making the United States the largest English-speaking country in the world, closely followed by the United Kingdom, which have about 60 million native speakers.
Despite having two different official languages, Canada has the third largest English-speaking population after US and UK, with somewhere in the region of 20 million native speakers, while Australia is next in the list, with around 17 million native speakers.
Other notable countries with the largest English speaking citizens and where English is the primary language include the Republic of Ireland, South Africa and New Zealand. Combined, these three countries are believed to be home to around 13 million people who speak English as their first and official language.
It should be noted that some of the countries listed have more than one official language and, therefore, English may not necessarily be their most common native language.
List of English Speaking Countries
This is a list of countries where:
- English is considered to be the official language
- or the de facto language, that is the language used by the majority of speakers but not considered the official language.
Non-sovereign entities are not included:
|Antigua and Barbuda||Caribbean||85,000|
|Belize||Central America / Caribbean||288,000|
|Guyana||South America / Caribbean||738,000|
|Kingdom of the Netherlands||Caribbean (and Europe)||17,000,000|
|Mauritius||Africa / Indian Ocean||1,262,000|
|Federated States of Micronesia||Oceania||111,000|
|Papua New Guinea||Oceania||6,331,000|
|Saint Kitts and Nevis||Caribbean||50,000|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||Caribbean||120,000|
|Seychelles||Africa / Indian Ocean||87,000|
|Trinidad and Tobago||Caribbean||1,333,000|
|The United Kingdom||Europe||61,612,300|
|The United States||North America||309,442,000|
List of English Speaking Countries According to their Continent
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List of majority native English speaking countries
The UK government classifies the following overseas countries as majority native English speaking:
- Antigua and Barbuda
- The Bahamas
- New Zealand
- St Kitts and Nevis
- St Lucia
- St Vincent and the Grenadines
- Trinidad and Tobago
- United Kingdom
- United States of America
No other country may be considered as being ‘majority English speaking’ for visa purposes.