What Countries Speak English as the Official Language?

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English-speaking travelers would be wise to know which countries list English as an official language. Arriving in a new place only to find that the majority of the natives speak a different language can make even the most basic of transactions quite difficult. Many countries have several official languages, with English being only one of them. Read on to learn which of the 195 countries in the world you could visit without a translation manual.

North and South American Countries

  • North and South American countries that feature English as an official language include Antigua, Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Kitts, Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, The Bahamas, Trinidad, Tobago and the United States.

African Countries

  • African countries that feature English as an official language include Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, the Gambia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

European and Asian Countries

  • European and Asian countries that feature English as an official language include India, Ireland, Malta, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore and the United Kingdom.

Other Countries

  • Other countries that feature English as an official language include Australia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

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