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|Country||Eligible population||Total English speakers||Total English speakers (%)||As first language||As first language (%)||As an additional language[a]||As an additional language (%)||Comments|
|United States||296,603,003||283,160,411||95.46||234,171,556||79.0||48,988,855||16.5||Figures are from the 2011-2015 American Community Survey 5-year estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau for persons age 5 and older. Total English speakers are those who either spoke English at home (i.e. as first language), or reported speaking another language at home but could speak English "very well" or "well" (i.e. as an additional language).|
|India||1,028,737,436||125,344,737||12.18||226,449||0.02||125,118,287||12.16||Official language. 2001 Census figures for population and first, second, and third languages. English as a first language is only spoken by 226,449 people, as a second language by 86,125,221, and as a third language by 38,993,066.|
|Pakistan||145,000,000||17,000,000 – 81,000,000||11.72 — 49.00||81,000,000||Official language of the state.|
The percentage of total speakers was 49% in 2009.
|Philippines||110,437,852||70,371,000||63.72||36,935||0.0037||70,371,000||63.72||Total population: Census 2010. Proportion of total speakers: Census 2000, text above Figure 7. 63.71% of the then 66.7 million people aged 5 years or more could speak English. Proportion of native speakers: Census 1995, as quoted by Andrew Gonzalez in "The Language Planning Situation in the Philippines", Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 19 (5&6), 487–525, p. 492: .04% of the then 68.4 million people were native speakers of English. (1998). "Six out of 10 people aged 5 and over can speak english (63.71%)."|
|United Kingdom||64,000,000||59,600,000||97.74||54,400,000||92.14||5,128,000||5.60|| Additional English speaker figures are for usual residents aged 3 years and over with a main language other than English who can speak English "very well" or "well".|
|Germany||80,600,000||45,400,000||56||272,000||0.338||45,100,000||56||Native speakers: Statistisches Bundesamt (cited here).|
Non-native speakers: Eurobarometer report 2012
Does not include foreign military personnel based in Germany.
|Canada||34,767,255||29,973,590||86.21||19,460,850||52.40||10,287,415||28.69||Source: . The 2016 count reported that 23,757,525 people were able to conduct a conversation in English but not French, while 6,216,065 were able to converse in both English and French. The census also asked for the first language learned at home in childhood and still understood by the individual: 52% or 19,460,850 reported English as their sole mother tongue, 165,320 reported both English and French as mother tongues, 533,265 reported English and a non-official language as mother tongues, and 33,900 reported English, French and a non-official language as mother tongues.|
|Australia||21,394,309||17,357,833||97||15,013,965||70.17||2,343,868||17|| The 2001 census data is subject to multiple interpretations. The data noted that 18,972,350 persons out of 21,394,309 total were speakers of a language, and excluded young children. However, more than a million of those 18,972,350 persons provided no information; 879,778 did not give information on proficiency, and 203,101 were "overseas visitors" who were not asked. Of the 17,889,671 persons for whom an inquiry was made 17,357,833 spoke English only, or "well" or "very well" as a second language; while 531,838 spoke "not well" or "not at all".|
|South Africa||52,981,991||16,424,417||31||4,930,510||9.3||11,493,907||22||Native speakers from 2011 Census.|
Non-native speakers: Crystal (2003), p. 109.
|Poland||38,501,000||14,300,000||37||100,000||14,200,000||Source: Central Statistical Office Additional language speakers are people age 18–69, who reported that the English language as their first of second best foreign language, Central Statistical Office Native language counted as those who speak English at home.|
|China||1,270,000,000||81,700,000||6.43||81,700,000||6.43|| Among 390.16 mainland chineses who have learned english 20.94% are able to conduct daily conversations|
|Brazil||205,000,000||10,542,000||5||292,000||0.14||10,250,000||5||Source: British council (2012) and EF. Only 5% of Brazilians have a proficient grasp of English as a second or foreign additional language and an additional 6% have a very rudimentary knowledge. Brazil has 240 thousand British descendants and 180 thousand North American ancestry citizens including the Confederados cultural sub-group, descendants of the Confederate colonies.|
|Russia||138,312,535||7,574,303||5.48||2,522||7,571,787||Source: Composition by Nationality and Language Ability, Citizenship, Tables 4.5 and 4.1, Russian Census (2010). The "total" figure is the number of residents who reported English as one of the languages they knew. The "first language" figure is the number of residents who reported "American" or "English" as their nationality. The "additional languages" figure is the difference. More than 9 million schoolgoers studied English as a foreign language in 2008–2009.|
|Belgium||10,584,534||6,250,000||60||6,250,000||60|| (the 2012 report seems to have a critical typo) Note that the Belgian population is divided in two distinct linguistic regions: The Dutch-speaking Flanders, and the French-speaking Wallonia (note that the region of Brussels also has a majority of native French speakers). Like in the Netherlands, a high percentage of Flemish people speak English fluently, and in Wallonia, a lower percentage of people speak English, which brings down the total percentage.|
|Israel||7,303,000||6,205,000||84.97||100,000||1.37||6,105,000||Source: Ethnologue (2005)|
English is widely spoken, both by the Jewish majority and by minority ethnic groups.
|Mexico||120,664,000||15,686,262||11.6||15,686,262||11.6||Consulta Mitofsky-Tracking Poll Roy Campos: Las Lenguas Extranjeras en México, January 2013; and II Conteo de Población y Vivienda, Instituto Nacional de Estadística, Geografía e Informática (INEGI).|
|Switzerland||7,637,300||4,680,000||61.28||73,400||0.96||4,606,600||Figure for speakers of English as "main language", according to Federal Statistical Office, Neuchâtel 2008 Source for number of non-native English speakers is a 1999 publication by Prof. François Grin cited here: [switzerland.isyours.com]|
|Ireland||4,422,100||4,350,000||98.37||4,122,100||93.21||237,900||; Central Statistics Office ; Travbla|
|Singapore||5,607,300||4,218,737||83.1||1,873,302||36.9||2,345,435||Source: 2015 Census. Second language speaker figure only includes those literate in English aged 15 or more and does not include third language proficiency. General Household Survey 2015 "Language Spoken at Home Among Residents Aged 5 Years and Over"|
|Ghana||27,000,000||18,000,000||66.67||18,000,000||66.67||Source: 2010 Ghanaian Census|
|New Zealand||4,275,100||3,673,623||97.82||3,673,623||85.93||There were 4,027,947 responses to 2006 Census: Language spoken. 3,673,679 gave English as a response, 81,936 had no English but another language. The balance of 272,382 were; no language (too young) 75,195, no response 196,221, response unidentifiable 588, response outside scope 378. Hence it is most meaningful to express the English-speaking per cent without including the figures for these 272,382. This gives 97.8% English-speaking, 2.2% non-English-speaking (3,673,679 and 81,936 divided by 3,755,565)|
Crystal (2003), p. 109, gives figures of 3,700,000 native speakers and 150,000 second language speakers.
|Papua New Guinea||6,331,000||3,150,000||49.76||150,000||2.37||3,000,000||[c]|
|Hong Kong||7,336,585||3,903,063||53.2||300,417||4.3||3,587,590||According to 2016 population census, Hong Kong has approximately 3.9 million speakers, of whom 300,417 regard English as their "usual" language.|
|Argentina||42,192,500||2,752,681||6.52|| Percentage of people who state to have a high level of English. Another 19.49% and 16.23% of people said they had an intermediate and low level, respectively, of English.|
|Colombia||47,661,368||2,012,950||4.22||75,600||1,937,350||Total was estimated by multiplying projected population for 2014 (DANE) by percentage of Colombian population that speaks English 4.09% then 63,600 was added to that figure which is the total of American and British residents. Figures for native speakers are as follows: 60,000 U.S. citizens that reside in Colombia 12,000 are Colombian Raizal from San Andrés and Isla de Providencia where they speak San Andrés–Providencia Creole 3,600 British expatriates|
|Kazakhstan||12,156,705||1,874,583||15.4||602||1,873,981||Number of those who understand spoken English, from these 1.9 million: 311,435 (2.6%/16.6%) can only read, 931,444 (7.7%/49.6%) can read and write in English. The number of native speakers is the sum of Americans and Englishmen "by nationality". (Census 2009)|
|Chile||16,634,603||1,585,027||9.53||Source: 2012 Census.|
|Trinidad and Tobago||1,305,000||1,145,000||87.74||1,145,000||[f]|
|Madagascar||23,042,300||4,147,614||18||4,147,614||18||The main languages are French and Malagasy.|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||120,000||114,000||95||114,000||[n]|
|U.S. Virgin Islands||108,448||113,000||95.97||98,000||15,000||[o]|
|Isle of Man||80,058||80,000||99.93||80,000|
|Northern Mariana Islands||84,000||70,000||83.33||5,000||65,000||[r]|
|Antigua and Barbuda||85,000||68,000||80||66,000||2,000||[s]|
|Federated States of Micronesia||111,000||64,000||57.66||4,000||60,000|||
|Marshall Islands||59,000||60,000[dubious ]||98.33||60,000||98.33|
|Saint Kitts and Nevis||50,000||39,000||78||39,000||[v]|
|British Virgin Islands||23,000||20,000||86.96||20,000||[x]|
|Nauru||12,000||11,600||96.67||900||10,700||English is spoken as the language of government and commerce.|
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