English Speaking Countries 2019

There are many people all around the world that speak English as their primary language. It is the majority language or official language of many nations worldwide. There is a long list of countries where English has been designated as the de jure official language. This simply means that it is legally recognized to be the official language. In some cases, English may be the official language but may not be the primary language. This means that English can be used in business, education and on official documents but may not be the primary language of the majority of its residents. This is the case of nations like India and Pakistan.

India is the most populous nation with English as its official language with a population of over 1 billion people. The smallest nation where English is an official language is Niue, which has a population of just 1,600 people.

The countries where English is the de jure official language are as follows, in alphabetical order:

There are also nations where English is a de facto national language. This means that even though it is not written in law, it is official in practice. Of these nations, the United States is the most populous with a population of over 318 million. There are four nations where English is the de facto language and the primary language. These include: Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.

There are also more countries where English is the de facto official language but is not the primary language. These countries are:

Several non-sovereign entities also have English as their de jure official language. These are, in alphabetical order:

There are also non-sovereign entities where English is the de facto official language. These include, in alphabetical order:

  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • Guernsey
  • Montserrat
  • Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan
  • In three regions – Christmas Island, Cocos Islands and Tokelua – English is the de facto official language but is not the primary spoken language.
Rank Flag Country Population 2019
1India1,366,417,754
2United States329,064,917
3Pakistan216,565,318
4Nigeria200,963,599
5Bangladesh163,046,161
6Ethiopia112,078,730
7Philippines108,116,615
8United Kingdom67,530,172
9South Africa58,558,270
10Tanzania58,005,463
11Myanmar54,045,420
12Kenya52,573,973
13Uganda44,269,594
14Sudan42,813,238
15Canada37,411,047
16Malaysia31,949,777
17Ghana30,417,856
18Nepal28,608,710
19Cameroon25,876,380
20Australia25,203,198
21Sri Lanka21,323,733
22Malawi18,628,747
23Zambia17,861,030
24Zimbabwe14,645,468
25Rwanda12,626,950
26Burundi11,530,580
27South Sudan11,062,113
28Jordan10,101,694
29United Arab Emirates9,770,529
30Papua New Guinea8,776,109
31Israel8,519,377
32Sierra Leone7,813,215
33Singapore5,804,337
34Liberia4,937,374
35Ireland4,882,495
36New Zealand4,783,063
37Kuwait4,207,083
38Eritrea3,497,117
39Jamaica2,948,279
40Qatar2,832,067
41Namibia2,494,530
42Botswana2,303,697
43Lesotho2,125,268
44Bahrain1,641,172
45Trinidad And Tobago1,394,973
46Mauritius1,269,668
47Cyprus1,198,575
48Swaziland1,148,130
49Fiji889,953
50Guyana782,766
51Solomon Islands669,823
52Maldives530,953
53Malta440,372
54Brunei433,285
55Belize390,353
56Bahamas389,482
57Vanuatu299,882
58Barbados287,025
59Samoa197,097
60Saint Lucia182,790
61Kiribati117,606
62Grenada112,003
63Saint Vincent And The Grenadines110,589
64Tonga104,494
65Seychelles97,739
66Antigua And Barbuda97,118
67Dominica71,808
68Marshall Islands58,791
69Saint Kitts And Nevis52,823
70Palau18,008
71Cook Islands17,548
72Tuvalu11,646
73Nauru10,756
74Niue1,615