A huge and helpful guide to 67 English speaking countries (and more!)

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Karolina Assi

English is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. Currently, itโ€™s spoken by over 1.35 billion people around the world. However, not all 1.35 billion speak English as their native language - (only) 360 million do.

But this whopping number of English speakers around the world means that English can open many doors for you whether thatโ€™s for personal fun and development or as a great language to learn for business purposes โ€“ or both! This universal language will allow you to communicate with an overwhelming amount of people from almost any country.

So, whether youโ€™re planning a trip to an English speaking country or youโ€™re just curious to know where this beautiful language is spoken, hereโ€™s a list of 75+ countries and non-sovereign entities around the world where English is spoken.

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 one official language. Many countries use English as a lingua franca or a de facto working language to facilitate communication between citizens who speak different languages or dialects. Our list will include these countries as 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.

Scotland and English are English speaking countries of Europe.

Country Flag Capital Population Percentage of the population
that speaks English
England ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ London 55,980,000 92%
Wales ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ Cardiff 3,136,000 99%
Scotland ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ Edinburgh 5,454,000 98.6%
Ireland ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Dublin 4,937,786 98.37%
Malta ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡น Valletta 441,543 62.39%
Gibraltar ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Gibraltar 33,691 100%
Isle of Man ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Douglas 85,033 99.93%

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.

English speaking countries in Africa.

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

Country Flag Capital Population Percentage of the population
that speaks English
South Africa ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Johannesburg 59,308,690 31%
Nigeria ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Abuja 206,139,589 86.42%
Mauritius ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡บ Port Louis 1,271,768 15.97%
Botswana ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ผ Gaborone 2,351,627 38.42%
Cameroon ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Yaounde 26,545,863 38%
Gambia ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Banjul 2,416,668 2.34%
Ghana ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ Accra 31,072,940 66.67%
Kenya ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ช Nairobi 53,771,296 18.83%
Lesotho ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ธ Maseru 2,142,249 27.86%
Liberia ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ท Monrovia 5,057,681 82.87%
Namibia ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Windhoek 2,540,905 17.24%
Malawi ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ผ Lilongwe 19,129,952 3.88%
Seychelles ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡จ Victoria 98,347 37.63%
Sierra Leone ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Freetown 7,976,983 83.53%
Saint Helena ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ญ Jamestown 6,077 Unknown
Somalia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ด Mogadishu 15,893,222 Unknown
South Sudan ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ธ Juba 11,193,725 Unknown
Sudan ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Khartoum 43,849,260 Unknown
Swaziland ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Mbabane, Lobamba 1,160,164 48.2%
Tanzania ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฟ Dodoma 59,734,218 9.89%
Rwanda ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ผ Kigali 12,952,218 15%
Uganda ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Kampala 45,741,007 89.9%
Zambia ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Lusaka 18,383,955 16%
Zimbabwe ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ผ Harare 14,862,924 82.07%

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.

Canada is an English speaking country in the Americas.

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

Country Flag Capital Population Percentage of the population
that speaks English
United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Washington DC 334,497,000 95.5%
Canada ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Ottawa 38,341,700 83.06%
Belize ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฟ Belmopan 410,981 81.65%
Guyana ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡พ Georgetown 793,000 90.55%
Bermuda ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฒ Hamilton 65,000 96.92%
Falkland Islands ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Stanley 3,672 Unknown

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!

The Bahamas is an English speaking country in the Caribbean.

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

Country Flag Capital Population Percentage of the population
that speaks English
Puerto Rico ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ท San Juan 2,860,853 48.61%
Jamaica ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Kingston 2,961,167 97.64%
Antigua and Barbuda ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Saint Johnโ€™s 97,929 80%
Anguilla ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฎ The Valley 15,003 92.31%
Bahamas ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ธ Nassau 393,244 87.13%
Barbados ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ง Bridgetown 287,375 93.91%
British Virgin Islands ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ฌ The Valley 30,231 86.96%
Cayman Islands ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡พ George Town 65,722 76.6%
Sint Maarten ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฝ Philipsburg 42,876 Unknown
Dominica ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Roseau 71,986 94.03%
Grenada ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Saint Georgeโ€™s 112,523 90.91%
Saint Kitts and Nevis ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ณ Basseterre 53,199 78%
Saint Lucia ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡จ Castries 183,627 43.03%
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡จ Kingstown 110,940 95%
Turks and Caicos Islands ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡จ Cockburn Town 38,717 Unknown
Trinidad and Tobago ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡น Port of Spain 1,399,488 87.74%
US Virgin Islands ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ฎ Charlotte Amalie 104,425 95.97%

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.

India is an English speaking country in Asia.

Hereโ€™s the list:

Country Flag Capital Population Percentage of the population
that speaks English
India ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ Delhi 1,380,004,385 12%
Pakistan ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐ Islamabad 220,892,340 49%
Philippines ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ Manila 109,581,078 58.2%
Singapore ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Singapore 5,850,342 83.10%
Brunei ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ณ Bandar Seri Begawan 437,479 39.07%

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.

Australia is an English speaking country in Oceania.

Country Flag Capital Population Percentage of the population
that speaks English
Australia ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Canberra 25,499,884 92.80%
New Zealand ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Wellington 4,822,233 97.82%
Cook Islands ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Avarua District 17,564 19.80%
Fiji ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฏ Suva 896,445 20.62%
Guam ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡บ Hagรฅtรฑa 168,775 91.09%
Kiribati ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Tarawa 119,449 24.21%
Marshall Islands ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ญ Majuro 59,190 98.33%
Micronesia ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Palikir 548,914 57.66%
Nauru ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ท Yaren District 10,824 96.67%
Northern Mariana Islands ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ต Saipan 57,559 83.33%
Palau ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ผ Ngerulmud 18,094 92.50%
Papua New Guinea ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฌ Port Moresby 8,947,024 49.76%
American Samoa ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ธ Pago Pago 55,191 80.1%
Samoa ๐Ÿ‡ผ๐Ÿ‡ธ Apia 198,414 49.86%
Solomon Islands ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ง Honiara 686,884 31.68%
Tonga ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ด Nukuโ€™alofa 105,695 30%
Vanuatu ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡บ Port Vila 307,145 83.55%

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.

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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 freely communicate 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.

If youโ€™d like to learn more about the English language, explore all the free resources on our English language blog.