15 Most Populous Countries that Speak a Germanic Language

Can you name the most populous countries where a majority of the residents are native speakers of a Germanic language?
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Last updated: December 19, 2019
First submittedNovember 27, 2017
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Population
Country
326 m
United States
82.8 m
Germany
65.7 m
United Kingdom
36.7 m
Canada
24.7 m
Australia
17.2 m
Netherlands
11.4 m
Belgium
10.1 m
Sweden
Population
Country
8.81 m
Austria
8.45 m
Switzerland
5.78 m
Denmark
5.29 m
Norway
4.83 m
New Zealand
4.79 m
Ireland
2.73 m
Jamaica
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Level 83
Nov 27, 2017
Missed Belgium because "oh those who speak German are in a small minority". Forgot all about the Flemish.
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Level 79
Nov 30, 2017
Still, I think the quiz should show the number of germanic langage speakers, not the whole population. There are about 6.7 millions of Flemish of German speakers in Belgium.
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Level 67
Dec 27, 2017
And the dutch. Don't forget the Dutch.
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Level 63
Mar 18, 2019
@SirGeorgington. Yes. The Dutch.
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Level 63
Nov 27, 2017
What about South Africa?
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Level 70
Nov 27, 2017
Wikipedia says that Zulu is the most common native language
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Level 68
Dec 27, 2017
...but speakers of Afrikaans and English combine to give 23.1% of the population, ahead of Zulu's 22.7%.
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Level 59
Dec 27, 2017
It has to be a majority of the speakers, according to the instructions. Not just the largest group.
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Level 59
Oct 16, 2019
And Zulu is closely related to Xhosa and other non-Germanic languages of South Africa, so majority of South Africa speaks a Bantu language.
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Level 76
Dec 3, 2017
Excellent idea for a quiz, just the right amount of tricky :)
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Level 68
Dec 27, 2017
What about South Africa? No single language is spoken by over 50% of the population, and the most common is Zulu, however English and Afrikaans are both Germanic and together exceed Zulu by a narrow margin.
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Level 59
Dec 27, 2017
Combine all the Bantu languages into one group and they'll easily beat the united English-Afrikaans with their 75%.
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Level 57
Dec 27, 2017
hi posers no way 12 of 15 is 35 percentile unless everyone is taking the quiz 30 times
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Level 69
Dec 27, 2017
How many quizzes are you going to comment this on before realizing that's not how it works?
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Level 60
May 15, 2018
even if most people were taking the quiz multiple times to get all the answers, it couldn't take more than 3, let alone 30
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Level 67
Aug 25, 2019
Evenso only the first attempt counts. On some quizzes the result are surprising, (rather high scores on stuff i ve never heard about) but this one is simple so a high score is to be expected.

and if on the 30th attempt you d still only get 12 right i think there might be some memory issue, no obscure answers here so the ones you missed the first time you could easily remember the 2nd try.

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Level 67
Jan 16, 2019
at the moment getting 12 right would mean you beat 49%

There is nothing weird about that. The quiz was quite easy, I was silly to forget canada, but other than that the only one I didnt guess was jamaica (maybe If I had more time, cause was allready thinking about, what is the biggest place where they speak english)

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Level 57
Dec 27, 2017
uhm i feel very satisfied that my immense talents were not challenged in the slightest manner since i am clearly superior to the Geo serfs who are embarrassing themselves here , needless to say i achieved 100 percent and feel quite special thank you
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Level 41
Dec 28, 2017
Ok.
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Level 48
Dec 27, 2017
got jamaica (24%) but missed austria (93%)
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Level 32
Dec 27, 2017
What about Iceland? And Luxembourg? 2012 statistics has 52% native Luxembourgish and 2% native German, plus an unknown percentage of English.
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Level 81
Dec 27, 2017
When Luxembourgs population gets 5 times larger it will most certainly belong on this list.
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Level 32
Dec 27, 2017
I had missed the 'most populous' part!
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Level 69
Dec 27, 2017
Yah, there's more people in Anaheim, California than there are in Iceland.
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Level 57
Jan 2, 2018
Nice Anaheim reference.
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Level 20
Dec 27, 2017
Jamaica!!!! Whaaaaa??!!
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Level 38
Mar 10, 2018
Jamaicans speak English and English is a Germanic Language.
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Level 55
Nov 23, 2019
Jamaican here. It's the language of the nation. As with the UK and Australia, we too have variations of words we use in local dialect (slangs). Some parts of Jamaica have a more intense accent than others. We will purposefully speak in a more intense accent around eavesdropping foreigners just to keep them from understanding our conversations.
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Level 60
Dec 27, 2017
My country, 'tis of thee / Austria-Hungary / Obey your King
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Level 61
Dec 27, 2017
suriname?
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Level 74
Dec 27, 2017
Population. I doubt Suriname has 1m.
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Level 54
Jan 8, 2018
About 600.000, actually
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Level 36
Jan 23, 2018
They speak German in Tirol in Italy, afaik.
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Level 63
Feb 21, 2020
Tyrol is in Austria. South Tyrol is in Italy with supposedly 315K German speakers.
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Level 59
Mar 13, 2018
Icelandic? Is that not germanic?
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Level 82
Mar 26, 2018
They only have ~300K population.
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Level 45
Jul 13, 2018
Just curious, why does India or Singapore not count in this quiz?
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Level 66
Aug 16, 2018
Most of their residents don't speak English natively.
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Level 55
Nov 15, 2018
Thought the same thing. The children grow up bilingual in most cases. So which constitutes their native language?
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Level 45
Nov 10, 2018
Didn't realize Germanic equaled Nordic................................. Damn.
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Level 67
Jan 16, 2019
It doesnt. Though in scandinavia germanic languages are spoken.
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Level 63
Jun 9, 2019
Yes, it does. Nordic languages are Germanic. The Norse were Germanic peoples.
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Level 67
Aug 25, 2019
No it doesnt, they are two different terms. Which are NOT interchangeable. One refers to language and the other to region. And germans, belgians, the dutch and the english etc are Not nordic people. And finland is a nordic country but they do not speak a germanic language there.
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Level 38
Nov 30, 2018
Excellent quiz. Thank you.
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Level 55
Jan 3, 2019
No Poland? I thought Poland has large German speaking people
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Level 32
Jan 5, 2019
It does, but it's not the majority.
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Level 67
Jan 16, 2019
They arent all large...
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Level 59
Oct 16, 2019
Poland has fewer than 100 000 native German speakers. Most of the Germans either fled or were expelled from Poland during the last months of WW II and shortly afterwards.
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Level 35
Jan 13, 2019
Liechtenstein is German speaking! Also, shouldn't Ghana be on the list too? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghanaian_English
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Level 67
Jan 16, 2019
but not populous, same goes for iceland, which at first I was surprised not to see on here either
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Level 53
Mar 15, 2019
Jamaica?
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Level 48
Jul 17, 2019
I was surprised to see Jamaica here and not Iceland or Guyana
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Level 55
Nov 23, 2019
Guyana has a smaller population. There are more of us Jamaicans than there are Guyanese.
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Level 47
Mar 1, 2020
Actually guessed Jamaica somehow :)