Geographical distribution of English speakers

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The article provides details and data regarding the geographical distribution of all English speakers, regardless of the legislative status of the countries where it's spoken. The English language is one of the most widely spoken languages of the world, and it's widely used in the international communication as lingua franca. Many international organizations use English as their official language.

Statistics

Native speakers

This table depicts the native speakers of the language, which means that the table includes people who have been exposed to the English language from birth and, thus, excludes people who use the language as a L2.

Country Absolute % Year Reference
 Australia 18,183,270 77.7% 2016 [1][note 1]
 Austria 58,582 0.7% 2001 [2]
 Belgium 49,753 0.4% 2012 [3][note 2]
 Canada 20,896,087 56.0% 2016 [4]
 Finland 20,713 0.4% 2018 [5]
 France 281,330 0.4% 2007 [6][note 2]
 Germany 551,276 0.7% 2010 [7][note 2]
 Hong Kong 303,309 4.3% 2016 [8][note 1]
 India 259,678 0.02% 2011 [9]
 Ireland 4,149,847 87.1% 2016 [10]
 Israel 154,920 2% 2011 [11][12][note 1]
 Italy 750,158 1.3% 2012 [3][note 2]
 Liechtenstein 139 0.4% 2015 [13]
 Luxembourg 10,018 2.1% 2011 [14]
 Macau 18,140 2.8% 2016 [15][note 1]
 Malta 15,413 3.7% 2012 [3][note 2]
 Namibia 50,225 2.4% 2011 [16]
 Netherlands 195,296 1.2% 2012 [3][note 2]
 New Zealand 3,819,972 90.1% 2013 [17]
 Singapore 1,440,364 36.9% 2015 [18][note 1]
 South Africa 4,537,884 8.3% 2016 [19]
 Suriname 10,502 2.2% 2004 [20]
 Spain 1,021,682 2.2% 2016 [21][note 2][note 1]
  Switzerland 432,886 5.1% 2016 [22][note 1]
 Thailand 323,779 0.5% 2010 [23]
 United Kingdom 58,249,154 92.2% 2011 [24]
 United States 251,184,316 78.9% 2016 [25][26][note 1]
Total 365,274,926 -

References

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  9. ^ Statement 1 : Abstract of speakers' strength of languages and mother tongues - 2011
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  21. ^ "Personas entre 18 y 64 años de edad según las lenguas maternas más frecuentes que tienen, por características del lugar de residencia". www.ine.es (in Spanish). Retrieved 2018-11-19.
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  25. ^ "Language Spoken at Home by Ability to Speak English for the Population 5 Years and Over". American FactFinder, factfinder.census.gov. U.S. Census Bureau, 2012-2016 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates. 2017. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  26. ^ "American Fact Finder, 2016 ACS". Census Bureau QuickFacts. Retrieved 2018-11-18.
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h The reported population size was obtained by projecting the respondent percentage to the total population, since the source either included the part of the population who didn't answer or didn't take into account some parts of the population, for example children.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Population data by Eurostat, using the source year. "The number of persons having their usual residence in a country on 1 January of the respective year". ec.europa.eu. Retrieved 2018-11-08.


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