Looking for English-speaking countries to travel to? You’d be surprised just how global the English language is, with some foreign countries having a very high percentage of an English-speaking population.
You might be searching for English-speaking countries for a few reasons. One might be that you are a novice traveler looking to dip your toe into exploring abroad and you want the comfort of your native language. Another might be to connect with more English speakers in new and different cultures. Or perhaps you’re just curious about which countries speak your language around the world.
Here is a list of the Top 21, all with more than 80% of their population speaking English! (You might be surprised at some!)
Note: I have not put Canada or the United States on this list, because 80% of my readers are from these 2 countries! In order to give you 20 new ideas, I didn’t put your home country on this list because it’s a given.
English-Speaking Countries: The Top 21 In The World
Belize is a gorgeous Caribbean country that boarders Mexico – its capital city is only a 1.45 hour flight from Cancun! 82% of residents in Belize speak English, largely to do with the nation being a British colony until the 1970’s.
Expect: World class snorkeling, chill ‘island time’ vibes, mayan ruins
Singapore has always been a melting pot of global cultures, but many are surprised to know that 83% of people who live there speak English! Visiting Singapore you’ll surely hear many other languages (like Mandarin and Malay) but English is widely spoken throughout the island nation.
Expect: world-renowned street food, extremely clean and safe streets, hot and humid weather
While Hebrew is the country’s official language, 85% of Israel’s population also speaks English. Other languages you’ll hear include Arabic and Russian if you decide to visit this Middle Eastern country on the Mediterranean Sea.
Expect: Jaw-dropping historical sites, nice beaches, impressive museums
Of course, the official language of Sweden is Swedish, but 86% of people identify as also speaking English. And those who speak it, speak it very well as Sweden has been recognized by the language proficiency company ‘EF English First’ for best proficiency of English in the world.
Expect: Cool weather, excellent public transportation networks, medieval towns
Sweden’s neighbor Denmark also has the same percentage of English speakers at 86%. Danish is the official language of the country, with almost half of Danes also speaking German.
Expect: mouth-watering pastries, Viking history, quaint cities
More Denmark Travel Advice: Copenhagen on a Budget
English is the official language of the Bahamas in the Caribbean, but most residents speak a English based Creole version of the language called ‘Bahamian Creole English’.The “h” is often dropped, so it sounds like “ouse” for “house” or “t’anks” for “thanks.” – says the official tourism page for the country.
Getting there is closer than you think – you can reach The Bahamas in 50 minutes flying from Miami.
Expect: Crystal clear waters, gorgeous islands, world-class beaches
15. Trinidad and Tobago
English is the official language of this couth Caribbean country, located just a few miles off the coast of Venezuela. There are also many different creole dialects and indigenous languages spoken throughout Trinidad and Tobago, due to the melting pot history the country has.
Expect: Vibrant ‘Carnival’ season, foodie-haven, culturally rich history
Malta has two official languages: Maltese and English. Until 1964, Malta was under British control, which gave the Mediterranean island its English influence. 89% of residents can speak English, with many of them also able to speak Italian and French. Quite the polyglot society!
Expect: Ancient architecture, spectacular view-points, plenty of water sports
More on Malta: Advice For Expats Moving to Malta
While the official language of The Netherlands is Dutch, English is spoken by 90% of the population. This small European country is a great place to visit for novice travellers looking for safe place to explore.
Expect: century old windmills, intriguing canal streets, picturesque tulip fields.
More Articles on The Netherlands: click here
Guyana is the only South American country with English as it’s official language. Over 90% of Guyanese speak English, with local Creole dialects also being widely spoken. While tourism isn’t as popular as other South American or Caribbean nations, Guyana offers some incredibly authentic experiences.
Expect: Calypso music, noisy and vibrant cities, dense natural wonder filled jungles
The tiny island nation of Palau in Micronesia has two official languages: English and Palauan. Since the Philippines is also the closest neighbor to Palau, Tagalog can also be heard.
Expect: Warm and rainy days, incredible islands, rich coral reef systems
Read More About Palau At: 8 under-rated countries that deserve more toursits
Dominica, located in the Caribbean, was a British Colony until the 70’s, making English the official language of the island. A dialect of Creole French is also spoken, as Dominica was a French Colony before the Brits took over. 94% of residents in Dominica speak English!
Expect: eco-adventures, rainforests, waterfalls, and tons of nature
9. the Philippines
Many people aren’t aware that English is one of two official languages of the Philippines, which is why such a massive majority of the country has a native grasp of the language. While most have English as their second language, it’s wide spoken across the islands by almost everyone.
A whopping 97% of Bermudians speak English, as this island is still a British territory with English registered as the official language. You’ll find Bermuda about 650 miles off the coast of South Carolina, sitting out in the Atlantic Ocean.
Expect: Pastel colored houses, famous dive sites, turquoise waters
Not surprisingly, 97% of people in the land down under speak English, although the country does not have any recorded ‘official’ language. Australia still has some aboriginal languages spoken throughout the country that they are trying to preserve.
Expect: Great beaches, vast deserts, warm weather
Jamaica has been independent from British rule since the 60’s, but still carries English as it’s official language with almost every resident being completely fluent. Other dialects include an English and West African influenced Creole called Jamaican Patois.
Expect: Great music, jerk food and local rum, lots of resorts to choose from
5. United Kingdom
I know the UK speaking English seems like a given, but it’s important to mention it in the list! The UK is made up of four constituent countries: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, all perfect to explore for English speakers. Some minority languages throughout the UK include Gaelic and Welsh.
Expect: Magnificent architecture, stunning countryside’s, castles galore
More UK Articles: England and Scotland Travel Guides
4. New Zealand
English is the official language of New Zealand, with 98% of the population speaking it on a daily basis. The other language you might encounter is Maori, which is spoken by the indigenous people of the island.
Expect: Movie backdrop views, world class surfing and skiing, massive variety in outdoor adventures
Ireland has a 98% rate of its residents speaking English, however over 40% of the population can also speak Irish, which is in the Celtic language family. Eastern Canadians and Americans can fly over to Ireland in just over 5 hours.
Expect: Cool/wet weather, green and foggy country-sides, history packed towns and cities
The official language of Barbados is English, but also expect to hear ‘Bajan’ (a mix of British English and West African dialects) especially in informal situations. Barbados was a British colony until the 60’s, which influenced English being so widely spoken.
Expect: Great nightlife, heavenly beaches, delicious seafood
Did You Know? Americans can visit Barbados for up to 6 months Visa-free!
Gibraltar is a tiny British nation located on the southern tip of Spain. English is the official language with almost 100% of residents speaking it, however Spanish is also widely spoken.Expect: Caves, castles and limestone cliffs
Read More About Gibraltar in: Warmest places in Europe in winter
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Five of the largest of these are sometimes described as the "core Anglosphere"; they are the United States of America (with at least 231 million native English speakers), the United Kingdom (60 million), Canada (19 million), Australia (at least 17 million), and New Zealand (4.8 million).Which is the most English-speaking country 2022? ›
- United States — 332,915,073.
- United Kingdom — 68,207,116.
- Canada (except for Quebec) — 38,067,903.
- Australia — 25,788,215.
- Liberia — 5,180,203.
- Ireland — 4,982,907.
- New Zealand — 4,860,643.
- Jamaica — 2,973,463.
These Are The Most Attractive English Accents In The World:
- South Africa (0.39 – Cost-of-Living vs Germany)
- Guyana (0.65)
- Croatia (0.67)
- Jamaica (0.70)
- Belize (0.73)
- Trinidad and Tobago (0.75)
- Portugal (0.78)
- Malta (0.90)
According to Everest Language School, “the Dublin accent is probably the one you will hear the most.
While we have already discussed that Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland are some of the top English speaking countries, we shouldn't forget that Germany and Belgium are very high up the list, with over 62% of the population in Germany being English speakers and 61% in Belgium!What country speaks only English? ›
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The closest language to English is one called Frisian, which is a Germanic language spoken by a small population of about 480,000 people. There are three separate dialects of the language, and it's only spoken at the southern fringes of the North Sea in the Netherlands and Germany.Which language will dominate in 2050? ›
Mandarin. Mandarin is likely to be the most spoken language in 2050 because of its vast number of speakers. The economic influence of China will also prove vital for the continued use and spread of Chinese languages around the world.
- Chinese. Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world—spoken in some form by 1.2 billion people—so it only makes sense to include it on this list. ...
- Spanish. ...
- Korean. ...
- French. ...
- German. ...
- 6. Japanese. ...
- Italian. ...
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- Italian. ...
- Arabic. ...
- English. ...
- (Brazilian) Portuguese. ...
- 5. Japanese. ...
- Turkish. ...
- Irish/Scottish Gaelic. ...
British. More than half of respondents (52%) said they like the British accent, a greater percentage than for any other dialect. The British accent in general was the favorite across those who identified as men and women, and was also ranked among the sexiest and most trustworthy.Which is the hardest accent of English? ›
The New Zealand Accent!What is the prettiest accent? ›
Turns out, the gruff yet lilting Scottish accent took out the top spot for women (hello, Outlander's Sam Heughan), with 86% of the 1,250 women surveyed listing it as 'the sexiest accent'.What is the safest English country? ›
New Zealand has been ranked as the most peaceful English-speaking country in the world. New Zealand came 4th in the Institute for Economics and Peace's Global Peace Index, after Iceland, Denmark and Austria. That makes New Zealand the safest destination for English learning.Which English country is best for living? ›
15 Expat Countries that Speak English (and Make Sense Tax-Wise)
- Bahamas. ...
- Belize. ...
- Bermuda. ...
- Dominica. ...
- Gibraltar. ...
- Ireland. ...
- Isle of Man. ...
The picturesque Greek Island of Antikythera has a population of around 20 residents and is paying people to move there. If chosen to be part of the program, people will be given land, a house, and a monthly stipend of about $565, or around ₹45,000, for the first three years.
Option 1: the American accent
The most popular English accent of them all. Spread around the world by American cinema, music, television and more than 350 million North Americans (including Canadians, eh), this is the easiest accent for most people to understand, whether native speakers or non-native speakers.
The British accent was voted the absolute hottest on earth, coming top in countries as far-flung as Sweden, China, India and the USA. A British brogue was particularly desirable in Asia, with South Korea and Malaysia also finding UK accents too hot to handle.
Closest Language: Scots
The closest language to English is arguably Scots. We say arguably as the language is often regarded more as a dialect of English than an actual language. In fact, according to a 2010 study by the Scottish government, 64% of Scottish citizens don't consider it a distinct language.
- Portugal. This country is famous for good food, beautiful beaches, a relaxed lifestyle, and affordable living. ...
- Slovenia. This Central European country became an independent country in 1999. ...
- Spain. ...
- Croatia. ...
- Bulgaria. ...
1. What are the cheapest countries to live in Europe that speak English? A: Poland and Latvia are pretty inexpensive European countries where 25-30% of people can understand and speak English. However, you can find English speaking people at almost all the major tourist attractions in Europe.Which European country has the lowest cost of living? ›
- 1 Ukraine. 1.0.1 Cost of Living in Ukraine.
- 2 North Macedonia. 2.0.1 Cost of Living in North Macedonia.
- 3 Romania. 3.0.1 Cost of Living in Romania.
- 4 Bosnia and Herzegovina. 4.0.1 Cost of Living in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- 5 Serbia. ...
- 6 Bulgaria. ...
- 7 Montenegro. ...
- 8 Russia.
- United States: 268M. ...
- India: 125M. ...
- Pakistan: 94M. ...
- The Philippines: 90M. ...
- Nigeria: 79M-100M. ...
- The United Kingdom: 59.6M. ...
- The Netherlands: 15M English Speakers. ...
- Denmark: 4.8M English Speakers.
English originated in England and is the dominant language of the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, and various island nations in the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean.Which European countries speak English the best? ›
The top spot is taken by the Netherlands, with between 91 and 93 per cent of Dutch people saying they are able to hold a conversation in English. Out of the European countries, Italy came in the lowest place, so if you fancy moving there it's worth considering language classes beforehand.What language is farthest from English? ›
The first prize goes to Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian/Montenegrian. They are all based on the same dialect and are completely mutually intelligible. The differences between them are comparable to the differences between UK, US & AUS English.What's the easiest language to learn? ›
- Frisian. Frisian is thought to be one of the languages most closely related to English, and therefore also the easiest for English-speakers to pick up. ...
- Dutch. ...
- Norwegian. ...
- Spanish. ...
- Portuguese. ...
- Italian. ...
- French. ...
You might not realize how widely spoken Arabic already is, with about 300 million native speakers. It's also been deemed the fastest growing language within the U.S. and even the fastest growing language on the internet. Why should Arabic's growth matter to you?
Of all the foreign lingos making headway in the industry, Chinese (Mandarin) is the highest-paid language. A person who speaks Chinese receives as much as an Rs. Million-plus yearly.What language will dominate the world? ›
By 2050, Mandarin Chinese will still be the language with the biggest number of native speakers in the world, but China's ageing population and the decrease in birth rates will restrict its predicted growth to only 27%, a low percentage compared to the expected boom for Spanish and English, in second and third ...What language makes the most money? ›
- Spanish. Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world with over 430 million native speakers. ...
- French. ...
- Mandarin Chinese. ...
- German. ...
- FRENCH – MOST BEAUTIFUL SPOKEN LANGUAGE. If there is a language which draws a unanimous worldwide consent regarding its beauty, it is French. ...
- GERMAN – MOST BEAUTIFUL SUNG LANGUAGE. ...
- ARABIC – MOST BEAUTIFUL WRITTEN LANGUAGE. ...
- ITALIAN – MOST BEAUTIFUL BODY LANGUAGE.
- English. Possessing a wealth of adopted words, English is an incredibly expressive, varied and flexible language. ...
- Spanish. ...
- 3. Japanese. ...
- Sign language. ...
- Brazilian Portuguese. ...
- Turkish. ...
- Italian. ...
- Arabic language. Arabic is one of the most beautiful languages in the world. ...
- English language. English is the most gorgeous language in the world. ...
- Italian language. Italian is one of the most romantic languages in the world. ...
- Welsh language. ...
- Persian language.
English is massive and is a truly global language. It is perfectly possible to travel everywhere in the world with English alone. In places around the world with a lot of international tourists, one is almost guaranteed to be able to comfortably speak English.How do you travel if you only speak English? ›
- 1) Initiate conversation. ...
- 2) Keep it simple. ...
- 3) Make eye contact and smile. ...
- 4) Be exceedingly polite. ...
- 5) All you need is Hello, Yes, No, Excuse Me, Please, Thankyou. ...
- 6) Listen. ...
- 7) Remember that you're the one that didn't bother learning the foreign language.
While it is always easier if you are fluent in the host country's language, only speaking English shouldn't stop you and there are plenty of jobs abroad for English speakers.
Yes. There might be some places where you can't directly communicate with people in English, but here gesturing should suffice. English is by far the most universally understood language in Europe. Remember that Europeans also travel between each other's countries.How many countries can you visit with an English passport? ›
In 2022 British passport holders can travel to 141 countries without a visa, to 42 using visa-on-arrival, and visit 26 others with a valid eVisa. Only 30 destinations require UK nationals to obtain a visa, with 8 others granting them entry using the eTA system.How many countries I can travel with English passport? ›
As of 30 April 2022, British citizens had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 187 countries and territories, ranking their passport 5th in terms of travel freedom (tied with France, Ireland and Portugal) according to the Henley Passport Index.Where Can UK citizens travel freely? ›
- Albania – 90 days.
- Anguilla – 90 days.
- Antigua and Barbuda – 180 days.
- Argentina – 90 days.
- Armenia – 180 days.
- Aruba – 30 days, extendable up to 180 days.
- Canada. For those who want to immigrate to an English-speaking country, and prize comfort and safety above all else, then Canada might be the right place. ...
- Germany. ...
- New Zealand. ...
- Singapore. ...
- Australia. ...
- Denmark. ...
Sure. If you're living in a major city, studying a course taught in English, interning or working at a company that requires English, or are living in expat areas such as Costa del Sol or Malaga, you can get by with just English in Spain. In all these scenarios, you can live in Spain even if you don't speak Spanish.What is the best language for travel? ›
- English. If you are reading this article, you are either one of the 360 million native English speakers or one of the billion people who speak it as a second language. ...
- Spanish. Learning Spanish will open up whole continents to you. ...
- Chinese. ...
- Hindi. ...
- Arabic. ...
- Russian. ...
- Portuguese. ...
There are 1.5 billion English language learners and 527 million native English speakers worldwide, meaning that approximately a quarter of the global population has at least some familiarity with English. Despite its importance in global affairs and commerce, English is an immensely difficult language to learn.Which country allows foreigners to work? ›
Germany is an easy country to get a work visa because of its labor shortage. Due to an aging population, Germany is focused on bringing in more immigrants to fill in the labor market. However, to get a work visa for Germany, you have to be a skilled individual and have work experience.Does English sound good to foreigners? ›
Does English sound beautiful to non-English speakers? Yes! It's a very pleasant language for me (a Persian speaker), and it's very harmonious and romantic depending on how it's spoken. I find the North American accents (Canadian and USA) to be incredibly beautiful.
The Dutch are the most proficient English speakers in the world, a global study of English skills has found. Swedish education company Education First used an online language proficiency test to rank countries where English is not the most spoken language. They tested 2.3 million people across the world.Can you survive in Germany with just English? ›
There's no doubt that you can survive in Germany without knowing German. Every German usually studies English from the age of 5 and especially the younger generation watches British or American series.