List of English Speaking Countries

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:

Country Region Population
Antigua and Barbuda Caribbean 85,000
Australia Australia 22,374,370
The Bahamas,
Caribbean 331,000
Barbados Caribbean 294,000
Belize Central America / Caribbean 288,000
Botswana Africa 1,882,000
Cameroon Africa 18,549,000
Canada North America 33,531,000
Dominica Caribbean 73,000
Eritrea Africa 5,224,000
Ethiopia Africa 82,101,998
Fiji Oceania 827,900
The Gambia Africa 1,709,000
Ghana Africa 23,478,000
Grenada Caribbean 106,000
Guyana South America / Caribbean 738,000
India Asia 1,143,540,000
Ireland Europe 4,581,269
Jamaica Caribbean 2,714,000
Kenya Africa 37,538,000
Kiribati Oceania 95,000
Kingdom of the Netherlands Caribbean (and Europe) 17,000,000
Lesotho Africa 2,008,000
Liberia Africa 3,750,000
Malawi Africa 13,925,000
Malta Europe 412,600
Marshall Islands Oceania 59,000
Mauritius Africa / Indian Ocean 1,262,000
Federated States of Micronesia Oceania 111,000
Namibia Africa 2,074,000
Nauru Oceania 10,000
New Zealand Oceania 4,294,350
Nigeria Africa 148,093,000
Pakistan Asia 165,449,000
Palau Oceania 20,000
Papua New Guinea Oceania 6,331,000
Philippines Asia 90,457,200
Rwanda Africa 9,725,000
Saint Kitts and Nevis Caribbean 50,000
Saint Lucia Caribbean 165,000
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Caribbean 120,000
Samoa Oceania 188,359
Seychelles Africa / Indian Ocean 87,000
Sierra Leone Africa 5,866,000
Singapore Asia 4,839,400
Solomon Islands Oceania 506,992
South Africa Africa 47,850,700
South Sudan Africa 8,260,490
Sudan Africa 31,894,000
Swaziland Africa 1,141,000
Tanzania Africa 40,454,000
Tonga Oceania 100,000
Trinidad and Tobago Caribbean 1,333,000
Tuvalu Oceania 11,000
The United Kingdom Europe 61,612,300
The United States North America 309,442,000
Uganda Africa 30,884,000
Vanuatu Oceania 226,000
Zambia Africa 11,922,000
Zimbabwe Africa 13,349,000

List of English Speaking Countries According to their Continent

North America:

  • United States
  • Canada

  • United Kingdom
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Malta

  • Jamaica
  • Barbados
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Bahamas
  • Guyana

  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Fiji
  • Samoa
  • Tonga
  • Solomon Islands
  • Micronesia
  • Vanuatu
  • Kiribati

  • India
  • Pakistan
  • Singapore
  • Philippines
  • Sri Lanka
  • Malaysia

  • South Africa
  • Nigeria
  • Cameroon
  • Kenya
  • Zimbabwe
  • Ghana
  • Rwanda
  • Sudan
  • Botswana
  • Ethiopia

Are you Seeking for Visa to the United Kingdom?

List of majority native English speaking countries

The UK government classifies the following overseas countries as majority native English speaking:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada*
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • 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.

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