English Speaking Countries

Name the countries where more than 50% speak English as a first language.
From various sources including Wikipedia and Ethnologue
Includes speakers of English creoles (marked in red)
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Last updated: July 29, 2019
First submittedJune 7, 2010
Times taken250,953
Average score62.5%
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Country
99
Barbados
99
Jamaica
99
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
99
St. Kitts and Nevis
98
Grenada
95
Trinidad and Tobago
92
United Kingdom
90
Antigua and Barbuda
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Country
90
Guyana
90
Ireland
85
New Zealand
79
United States
75
Bahamas
73
Australia
70
Belize
57
Canada
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Level ∞
Jul 28, 2019
I redid this quiz because the Wikipedia source I used originally was inaccurate. The percentages listed should be considered estimates.
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Level 75
Jul 28, 2019
Surprised to discover that in St Lucia, a British Commonwealth country, French Creole is the majority-spoken language.
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Level 87
Jul 28, 2019
Colonies get traded. Just look at the Falklands.
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Level 76
Jul 29, 2019
I looked. Nothing to see there.
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Level 83
Jul 29, 2019
Falklands was more of a "Tag, it's mine" game between the British, Spanish, and Argentinians until the British thought to set up an actual colony there.
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Level 83
Jul 29, 2019
Just look at "Death in Paradise".
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Level 87
Nov 16, 2019
You may act all rufty and tufty until all those penguins feel insulted.
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Level 77
Jul 29, 2019
Got them all except the UK. Where I am.
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Level 70
Jul 29, 2019
I forgot America. Ashamed. Very ashamed.
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Level 50
Aug 21, 2019
But they don't really speak English. (Joke)
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Level 38
Jan 6, 2022
....the continent???
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Level 23
Jul 29, 2019
I really doubt that ten percent of Ireland do not speak English as a first language.
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Level 68
Jul 29, 2019
Irish Gaelic + immigrant languages I'd imagine...
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Level 67
Aug 5, 2019
Ireland is not the same as uk you know, english is the adopted language not the original. Though it has near completely overshadowed gaeilge (irish) not many native speakers left only a few regions
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Level 67
Aug 21, 2019
There are not that many people in Ireland (I think the population is a little under five million), so you only need 500,000 people to account for that 10%. Between immigrants and people whose first language is Irish, I'd think it's a very reasonable number to attain.
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Level 71
Aug 21, 2019
It's about 6,600,000.
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Level 61
Aug 21, 2019
Lilylee - 4.8m in the Republic of Ireland, 6.6m on the island of Ireland
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Level 78
Aug 21, 2019
In the 1960s it was under 3 million. Now almost 5 million. In 1841 it was 8 million.
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Level 59
May 6, 2022
Yes, but 1841 was pre-partition
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Level 39
Aug 21, 2019
The majority of this quiz is in the Caribbean:)
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Level 65
May 29, 2020
No, I think it's on my computer.
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Level 43
Aug 21, 2019
I really thought more African countries were English speaking
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Level 66
Aug 21, 2019
Not many where it is spoken as a first language, but quite a lot where it is used as a lingua franca or one of many official languages.
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Level 54
Aug 26, 2021
Many use it as an official language for the simple reason that SO many Indigenous languages exist that they just need a common de jure tongue for governance even though very few people speak it day to day.
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Level 48
Aug 21, 2019
Guyana and Belize are in the heart of Latin America. But glad I knew guys in the Army from those places. They were British enclaves in mainland Latin America. A lot of people don't know that.
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Level 60
Aug 21, 2019
Where is Malta?
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Level 78
Aug 21, 2019
In the Mediterranean.
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Level 74
Sep 23, 2019
Just above Africa.
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Level 87
Nov 16, 2019
Milk balls?
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Level 54
Aug 26, 2021
Most people speak Maltese as their mother tongue and know English or Italian as a second language.
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Level 36
Apr 17, 2022
And call them Maltesers.
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Level 28
Aug 21, 2019
Do they not Speak english in South Africa? I think they do
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Level 78
Aug 21, 2019
First language. Afrikaans in South Africa and many native ethnic languages. Try the other quiz mentioned, "English Speaking Countries" as opposed to first language on this quiz.
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Level 71
May 14, 2021
I do not believe that Afrikaans is South Africa's first language.
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Level 76
Dec 17, 2021
I thought Zulu was the most common
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Level 58
Aug 21, 2019
I kept looking for other Caribbean countries when I fdound out that I missed Australia and New Zealand.
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Level 64
Aug 21, 2019
Me too except I only overlooked Australia. Got so hooked up on trying to remember all the Caribbean islands
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Level 17
Nov 2, 2019
Same here. I thought for sure the one I'd missed would be a Caribbean island or a singular African country that made it on here. But nope. Australia. I guess when I typed in New Zealand I assumed I'd already done Australia, but apparently not.
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Level 27
Sep 22, 2019
I did quite well on the Caribbean countries, missing only Grenada--and I considered it, but then assumed it was more likely Spanish. But I forgot Ireland!!! So BAD of me, especially considering I'm of partial Irish heritage.
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Level 18
Nov 3, 2019
I thought that english was the official langauge of Nigeria,

and most countries in Europe speak english as a 2nd language, I don't know anyone who doesn't speak english

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Level 67
Nov 14, 2019
At home??
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Level 43
Nov 26, 2021
But not as a first language.
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Level 52
Nov 12, 2019
For my own curiosity, why are some of the percentage backrounds red and some white?
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Level 79
Nov 14, 2019
"Includes speakers of English creoles (marked in red)"
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Level 42
Nov 24, 2019
i. forgot. canada.
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Level 38
Feb 20, 2020
I was focusing on the Caribbean countries that I didn't know and forgot Ireland and Canada. *facepalm*
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Level 55
Mar 17, 2020
Don't they speak English in all the former British colonies in Africa?

i.e. Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Ghana, etc..

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Level 63
May 5, 2020
They do a lot in those countrires, at the top though it states;

"Name the countries where more than 50% speak English as a first language."

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Level 56
Mar 19, 2020
I'm surprised that only 30 percent had Guyana. It used to be called British Guyana just like French Guyana.
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Level 65
May 29, 2020
It's French Guiana, but I wonder why its called that. Is it French for Guyana?
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Level 49
Jun 12, 2022
no, in French it is called "Guyane"
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Level 49
May 25, 2020
malta?
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Level 67
Jun 15, 2020
Hey, all these countries except maybe one have also experienced genocide. Probably a just coincidence, though.
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Level 76
May 14, 2021
You don't know what 'genocide' actually means.
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Level 51
Feb 24, 2022
the deliberate killing of a large number of people from a particular nation or ethnic group with the aim of destroying that nation or group

Millions of people died during slavery - but it will never be considered genocide by some and others see it differently - no need to put people down and argue technicalities. No one knows everything - we are here to learn. Your definition is apparently different form Canady, can YOU be OK with that?

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Level 69
Jul 11, 2022
“A just coincidence” and “just a coincidence” mean two very different things. I suspect you meant the latter.
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Level 47
Jun 15, 2020
And what about the island of Dominica? I'll do some research, but when I was there most folks spoke English.
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Level 43
Nov 26, 2021
Not really, actually. While English is the official language there, most of the population speak a form of French Creole as their first language. This is also the case with St. Lucia, another Caribbean country where English is also the official language.
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Level 85
Aug 27, 2020
So close to forgetting Canada (wow)
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Level 28
Sep 22, 2020
forgot about st vincent and the grenadines!!!
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Level 58
Oct 24, 2020
This quiz would look quite different with just fluent speakers, not native language. I’d say it’d be a lot longer, especially in Europe and Africa.
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Level 57
Nov 30, 2020
India as well.
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Level 16
Jan 1, 2021
if you know the Caribbean this should be easy for you
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Level 65
Feb 19, 2021
Am I the only one who finds it odd that the percentage of Canadians who speak English as a first language is given as 57%? I know that French is the predominant language in Québec, and that there's a large immigrant population, but 57% seems very low.
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Level 55
Jun 28, 2021
Imo it's not that surprising,

57% of the country speaks English

Around 21% speaks French

That adds up to about 78%

~22% of the Canadian population is made up of immigrants... which would add up to basically equal 100%

Its true that there are probably many English and French speaking immigrants. But on the other hand, many children (of immigrants, or other) learn their parents' or family's language before they learn English or French, making it their first language.

I don't know if the two of those cancel each other out, but I wouldn't be surprised if they did.

Please forgive me if any of this doesn't make sense or the math doesn't add up... I just got my wisdom teeth out and I still have the anaesthetic in my system lol

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Level 54
Aug 26, 2021
Indigenous languages as well as languages spoken by immigrants make up something like 20% which leaves another 23% for French which I think is accurate so 57% seems feasible.
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Level 46
Mar 1, 2021
I thought Malta was a completely English speaking nation?
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Level 71
Mar 14, 2021
In Malta almost everybody speaks English as a second language, but the main first language is Maltese and the national dish is Maltesers.
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Level 58
Mar 22, 2021
I got em all except... Canada.. How can I skip Canada while even guessing Mexico? That's dumb.
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Level 54
Aug 26, 2021
In all fairness it is at the bottom of the list. Roughly half of Canada has another language as their mother tongue.
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Level 36
Mar 28, 2021
Why you didn't put India? The language English is important for India.
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Level 76
May 14, 2021
The quiz looks for countries with a majority of people speaking it as a first language.
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Level 22
Apr 28, 2021
English is also spoken in St Lucia,Botswana,Namibia,and Zambia
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Level 43
Nov 26, 2021
But not a majority as a first language in those countries.
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Level 22
Apr 28, 2021
It is also spoken in South Africa
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Level 76
May 14, 2021
Less than a majority of people there speak it as a first language
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Level 54
Aug 26, 2021
57% is the baseline for this list. Nowhere near that fraction of South Africans speak English as their first language.
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Level 44
Apr 29, 2021
You forgot India.
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Level 22
May 29, 2021
India should be in the list.
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Level 43
Nov 26, 2021
English is not widely used as the first language there.
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Level 25
Jun 3, 2021
Barbados? Seriously?
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Level 43
Nov 26, 2021
Why? English is the official language there and Bajan Creole, an English-based creole, is the native language of most of the population.
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Level 25
Jun 3, 2021
Carribean?
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Level 43
Nov 26, 2021
Several Caribbean countries are there. By the way, it's "Caribbean", not "Carribean".
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Level 22
Jul 4, 2021
Also Fiji and Mauritius
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Level 27
Oct 3, 2021
UK Has Risen To 100% In 2021 - 2056
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Level 27
Oct 3, 2021
I Think
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Level 43
Dec 31, 2021
As soon as I remembered the Caribbean countries, it was easy, I just typed them all to see what works
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Level 38
Jan 6, 2022
The Philippines: Am i a joke to you?
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Level 69
Jan 8, 2022
I doubt the Philippines have that many native English speakers. The relevant Wikipedia page doesn't even list English as part of natively spoken languages.
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Level 81
Feb 20, 2022
I suspect Singapore will land on this list in the next few years. Wikipedia (quoting Statistics Singapore) has English as the first language of 48.3% of Singaporeans, and it's growing rapidly: in 1990 that figure was only 18.8%. English is certainly the dominant language of Singapore, not only does it have a plurality of first-language speakers (having overtaken Mandarin in the last decade), but it is the lingua franca amongst Singaporeans generally, with the overwhelmingly majority of Singaporeans being able to speak it.
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Level 26
Feb 25, 2022
people get UK more than Australia >:
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Level 72
Jul 2, 2022
I mean, it is the country where English came from in the first place.
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Level 36
Apr 17, 2022
surprised The Bahamas only has 75%, probably made up of a lot of Haitian immigrants and very low percentage of europeans here for overseas banking
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Level 32
Jun 28, 2022
Where's South Africa?
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Level 72
Jul 2, 2022
At the southern tip of Africa.

(Though to answer the question you're actually asking, South Africa isn't on this quiz because less than 10% of its population speak English as a first language, and the cutoff for this quiz is 50%.)