Nations in which English is an official language (
). Anglosphere countries are a subset of those where English is the main native language.
Official as majority language
Official as minority language
Co-official as majority language
Co-official as minority language
Not official as majority language Not official as minority language
The term "majority language" is here defined as a language of which more than 50% of the population have some command. It does not mean that this command is native, nor that English is the most widely used language of the respective country.
Over 2 billion people speak
English  . English is the  , largest language by number of speakers and the  third largest language by number of native speakers . With 300 million native speakers, the  is the largest English speaking country. As pictured in the pie graph below, most native speakers of English are United States of America . Americans
Additionally, there are 79 million native English speakers in
, 92 million in the Nigeria , 60 million in the Philippines , 30 million in United Kingdom , 29 million in Bangladesh , 25.1 million in Canada , 4.7 million in the Australia , and 4.9 million in Republic of Ireland . Other countries such as Ghana and Uganda also use English as their primary and official languages. New Zealand
, European Union is one of 24 official languages and is widely used by institutions and majority of population as native ( English and United Kingdom ) and as a second language in other member states. Ireland
Estimates that include
speakers vary greatly, from 470 million to more than 2 billion. second language  calculates that, as of 2003, non-native speakers outnumbered native speakers by a ratio of 3 to 1. David Crystal When combining native and non-native speakers, English is the  . most widely spoken language worldwide
Besides the major
, such as varieties of English , British English , American English , Canadian English , Australian English , Irish English and their sub-varieties, countries such as New Zealand English , South Africa , the India , Philippines and Jamaica also have millions of native speakers of Nigeria ranging from English-based creole dialect continua to languages . Standard English
India now claims to be the world's
English-speaking country. The most reliable estimate is around 10% of its population or 125 million people, second only to the US and expected to quadruple in the next decade. second-largest 
Majority English-speaking countries
- Countries where English is spoken natively by the majority of the population.
There are six large countries with a majority of native English speakers that are sometimes grouped under the term
. In numbers of English speakers they are: the Anglosphere (at least 231 million), the United States of America (in United Kingdom , England , Scotland and, Northern Ireland ) (60 million), Wales   (at least 20 million), Canada (at least 17 million), Australia (4.8 million) and Republic of Ireland (4.8 million). New Zealand
Pie chart showing the percentage of native English speakers living in "inner circle" English-speaking countries. Native speakers are now substantially outnumbered worldwide by second-language speakers of English (not counted in this chart
English is also the primary natively spoken language in the countries and territories of
, Anguilla , the Antigua and Barbuda , Bahamas , Barbados , Belize , the Bermuda , the British Indian Ocean Territory , the British Virgin Islands , Cayman Islands , the Dominica , Falkland Islands , Gibraltar , Grenada , Guam , Guernsey , the Guyana , Isle of Man , Jamaica , Jersey , Montserrat , Pitcairn Islands , Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha , Saint Kitts and Nevis , Saint Vincent and the Grenadines , South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands , and the Trinidad and Tobago .
Turks and Caicos Islands
Other substantial communities of native speakers are found in
(4.8 million) South Africa and  (79 million, 53%). Nigeria