A mammoth list of English-speaking countries

"English is the official language of 67 different countries and 27 non-sovereign entities around the world. But apart from that, English is also spoken in many countries where itโ€™s not an official language.

In fact, some countries where english is commonly spoken may have more than official language. many use as a lingua franca or de facto working language to facilitate communication between citizens who speak different languages dialects. our list will include these well, when relevant.

English speaking countries of Europe

In Europe, there are only a handful of countries where English is recognized as an official language. However, in many countries where itโ€™s not an official language - such as Norway, Denmark, or the Netherlands - itโ€™s still spoken by the majority of the population.

Youโ€™d be surprised how well some nations speak English, even though itโ€™s not their native language! Hereโ€™s a short list of all the countries in Europe where English is an official language, with their capital and the percentage of the population that speaks English.

CountryFlagCapitalPopulationPercentage of the population
that speaks English
England๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟLondon55,980,00092%
Wales๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟCardiff3,136,00099%
Scotland๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟEdinburgh5,454,00098.6%
Ireland๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ชDublin4,937,78698.37%
Malta๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡นValletta441,54362.39%
Gibraltar๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฎGibraltar33,691100%
Isle of Man๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฒDouglas85,03399.93%

English speaking countries in Africa

Africa is the second biggest continent on the planet with 54 countries. Itโ€™s only natural for you to wonder if there are any countries which speak English officially or unofficially on this huge and fascinating continent. The answer is, there are! 24 African countries use English as one of their main languages. For some of them, itโ€™s the official language, while for others, itโ€™s used as a lingua franca or a de facto working language.

Letโ€™s take a look at the list of English speaking countries in Africa.

CountryFlagCapitalPopulationPercentage of the population
that speaks English
South Africa๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆJohannesburg59,308,69031%
Nigeria๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌAbuja206,139,58986.42%
Mauritius๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡บPort Louis1,271,76815.97%
Botswana๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ผGaborone2,351,62738.42%
Cameroon๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒYaounde26,545,86338%
Gambia๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฒBanjul2,416,6682.34%
Ghana๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญAccra31,072,94066.67%
Kenya๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ชNairobi53,771,29618.83%
Lesotho๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ธMaseru2,142,24927.86%
Liberia๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ทMonrovia5,057,68182.87%
Namibia๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฆWindhoek2,540,90517.24%
Malawi๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ผLilongwe19,129,9523.88%
Seychelles๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡จVictoria98,34737.63%
Sierra Leone๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฑFreetown7,976,98383.53%
Saint Helena๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ญJamestown6,077Unknown
Somalia๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ดMogadishu15,893,222Unknown
South Sudan๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ธJuba11,193,725Unknown
Sudan๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฉKhartoum43,849,260Unknown
Swaziland๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฟMbabane, Lobamba1,160,16448.2%
Tanzania๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฟDodoma59,734,2189.89%
Rwanda๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ผKigali12,952,21815%
Uganda๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฌKampala45,741,00789.9%
Zambia๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฒLusaka18,383,95516%
Zimbabwe๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ผHarare14,862,92482.07%

English speaking countries of the Americas

While North part of the Americas mostly speaks English, the main languages spoken in South America are Spanish and Portuguese.

However, in both Central and South America, there are a handful of countries where English is an official language, such as Belize in Central America and Guyana in South America.

Letโ€™s take a closer look at the countries in the Americas where English is spoken, from North to South.

CountryFlagCapitalPopulationPercentage of the population
that speaks English
United States๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธWashington DC334,497,00095.5%
Canada๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆOttawa38,341,70083.06%
Belize๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฟBelmopan410,98181.65%
Guyana๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡พGeorgetown793,00090.55%
Bermuda๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฒHamilton65,00096.92%
Falkland Islands๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฐStanley3,672Unknown

English speaking countries in the Caribbean

When you think of the Caribbean islands, what comes to mind are palm trees, turquoise water, and white sand beaches. And Spanish-speaking natives. However, you may be surprised to find out that some Caribbean islands speak English as their official language!

Hereโ€™s a list of countries where English is spoken in the Caribbean.

CountryFlagCapitalPopulationPercentage of the population
that speaks English
Puerto Rico๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ทSan Juan2,860,85348.61%
Jamaica๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒKingston2,961,16797.64%
Antigua and Barbuda๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฌSaint Johnโ€™s97,92980%
Anguilla๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฎThe Valley15,00392.31%
Bahamas๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ธNassau393,24487.13%
Barbados๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡งBridgetown287,37593.91%
British Virgin Islands๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ฌThe Valley30,23186.96%
Cayman Islands๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡พGeorge Town65,72276.6%
Sint Maarten๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฝPhilipsburg42,876Unknown
Dominica๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฒRoseau71,98694.03%
Grenada๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฉSaint Georgeโ€™s112,52390.91%
Saint Kitts and Nevis๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ณBasseterre53,19978%
Saint Lucia๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡จCastries183,62743.03%
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡จKingstown110,94095%
Turks and Caicos Islands๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡จCockburn Town38,717Unknown
Trinidad and Tobago๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡นPort of Spain1,399,48887.74%
US Virgin Islands๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ฎCharlotte Amalie104,42595.97%

English speaking countries of Asia

Asia is home to a few of the most populated countries in the world, such as India and China. Out of 48 countries in Asia, five recognize and speak English as their official language. However, that doesnโ€™t mean that English is not commonly spoken in other Asian countries! In fact, many Asian citizens speak at least some English as their second or even third language.

Hereโ€™s the list:

CountryFlagCapitalPopulationPercentage of the population
that speaks English
India๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณDelhi1,380,004,38512%
Pakistan๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐIslamabad220,892,34049%
Philippines๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญManila109,581,07858.2%
Singapore๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌSingapore5,850,34283.10%
Brunei๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ณBandar Seri Begawan437,47939.07%

English speaking countries in Oceania

Did you know that Oceania is the most diverse region of the planet when it comes to languages? Currently, itโ€™s estimated that there are 450 Oceanic languages!

However, aside from a multitude of indigenous languages, most countries in Oceania are English speaking. This is why this article couldnโ€™t be complete without a list of countries in Oceania where English is spoken.

CountryFlagCapitalPopulationPercentage of the population
that speaks English
Australia๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บCanberra25,499,88492.80%
New Zealand๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟWellington4,822,23397.82%
Cook Islands๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฐAvarua District17,56419.80%
Fiji๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฏSuva896,44520.62%
Guam๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡บHagรฅtรฑa168,77591.09%
Kiribati๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฎTarawa119,44924.21%
Marshall Islands๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ญMajuro59,19098.33%
Micronesia๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฒPalikir548,91457.66%
Nauru๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ทYaren District10,82496.67%
Northern Mariana Islands๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ตSaipan57,55983.33%
Palau๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ผNgerulmud18,09492.50%
Papua New Guinea๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฌPort Moresby8,947,02449.76%
American Samoa๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ธPago Pago55,19180.1%
Samoa๐Ÿ‡ผ๐Ÿ‡ธApia198,41449.86%
Solomon Islands๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡งHoniara686,88431.68%
Tonga๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ดNukuโ€™alofa105,69530%
Vanuatu๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡บPort Vila307,14583.55%

Fun facts about countries where English is spoken

If you enjoy learning languages and discovering other cultures, then you might want to know more about the English language! Curiosities are always fun to learn, so letโ€™s go over a few surprising facts about countries where English is spoken. Let's start with an interesting detail about English in the United Arab Emirates!

1. Almost everyone in the UAE speaks English.

According to surveys, around 90% of the population of the United Arab Emirates can communicate in English. This is because the country has a large expatriate community, and people from diverse backgrounds and nations use English to understand each other. English is taught in schools as a second language and is the most commonly used language for international businesses and diplomacy in the UAE.

2. English is not recognized as an official language of the United States.

Yes, you read that right. Although the USA is one of the countries where English is the primary language of the population, it has never declared it as an official language. In fact, the USA doesnโ€™t have an official language. Thatโ€™s because the USA is a multilingual territory, and has been even before the founding of the republic. Not declaring an official language - despite the fact that English has always been its predominant language - was a way of protecting that linguistic diversity.

3. Some American states have their own official language, apart from English.

Although the USA has no official language as a country, some of its states do. While 32 of them have declared English as their official language, there are a few that have also recognized other official languages. For example, Alaska recognizes 20 indigenous official languages, apart from English. In Hawaii, Hawaiian is recognized as an official language next to English.

4. Thereโ€™s only one English speaking country in South America.

While South America is primarily a Spanish-speaking continent, thereโ€™s one South American country where English is an official language. Itโ€™s Guyana, and it used to be a British colony until 1966, when it gained its independence. However, even though English is an official language in this country, the majority of the population speaks Guyanese Creole as their main language.

Discover the English-speaking world.

As you can now see, the English-speaking world is hugely diverse. English is a language spoken on almost every continent on the planet. It connects different cultures, enabling us to communicate freely with people in different countries.

And as you continue learning English, youโ€™ll keep on discovering new things about the countries where English is spoken and sinking deeper and deeper into this fascinating world.

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