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15 Most Populous Countries that Speak a Germanic Language

Can you name the most populous countries where a majority of the residents are native speakers of a Germanic language?
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Last updated: July 19, 2021
First submittedNovember 27, 2017
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Population
Country
333 m
United States
84.1 m
Germany
68.2 m
United Kingdom
38.1 m
Canada
25.8 m
Australia
17.2 m
Netherlands
11.6 m
Belgium
10.2 m
Sweden
Population
Country
9.06 m
Austria
8.72 m
Switzerland
5.81 m
Denmark
5.46 m
Norway
4.99 m
Ireland
4.86 m
New Zealand
2.97 m
Jamaica
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Level 81
Nov 27, 2017
Missed Belgium because "oh those who speak German are in a small minority". Forgot all about the Flemish.
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Level 84
Nov 30, 2017
Still, I think the quiz should show the number of germanic langage speakers, not the whole population. There are about 6.7 millions of Flemish of German speakers in Belgium.
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Level 80
Dec 27, 2017
And the dutch. Don't forget the Dutch.
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Level 76
Mar 18, 2019
@SirGeorgington. Yes. The Dutch.
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Level 60
Aug 27, 2020
@SirGeorginton Flemish is Dutch. But "the Flemish" aren't Dutch
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Level 68
Nov 27, 2017
What about South Africa?
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Level 69
Nov 27, 2017
Wikipedia says that Zulu is the most common native language
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Level 72
Dec 27, 2017
...but speakers of Afrikaans and English combine to give 23.1% of the population, ahead of Zulu's 22.7%.
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Level 65
Dec 27, 2017
It has to be a majority of the speakers, according to the instructions. Not just the largest group.
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Level 70
Oct 16, 2019
And Zulu is closely related to Xhosa and other non-Germanic languages of South Africa, so majority of South Africa speaks a Bantu language.
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Level 54
Aug 10, 2021
Yes, but a great many of those Zulu and Xhosa speakers are also native English speakers. Being from South Africa you understand that being a native speaker of one language doesn't preclude you from being native in another. English is the lingua franca of South Africa even more so than the rest of the world.
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Level 75
Dec 3, 2017
Excellent idea for a quiz, just the right amount of tricky :)
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Level 67
Aug 5, 2021
Agreed! Fine idea. Next challenging step is work out a quiz of Germanic speakers by country, like the comboxers suggest. Could do two of them, one for actual numbers and one for proportion.
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Level 72
Dec 27, 2017
What about South Africa? No single language is spoken by over 50% of the population, and the most common is Zulu, however English and Afrikaans are both Germanic and together exceed Zulu by a narrow margin.
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Level 59
Dec 27, 2017
Combine all the Bantu languages into one group and they'll easily beat the united English-Afrikaans with their 75%.
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Level 60
Dec 27, 2017
hi posers no way 12 of 15 is 35 percentile unless everyone is taking the quiz 30 times
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Level 75
Dec 27, 2017
How many quizzes are you going to comment this on before realizing that's not how it works?
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Level 59
May 15, 2018
even if most people were taking the quiz multiple times to get all the answers, it couldn't take more than 3, let alone 30
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Level 67
Aug 25, 2019
Evenso only the first attempt counts. On some quizzes the result are surprising, (rather high scores on stuff i ve never heard about) but this one is simple so a high score is to be expected.

and if on the 30th attempt you d still only get 12 right i think there might be some memory issue, no obscure answers here so the ones you missed the first time you could easily remember the 2nd try.

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Level 67
Jan 16, 2019
at the moment getting 12 right would mean you beat 49%

There is nothing weird about that. The quiz was quite easy, I was silly to forget canada, but other than that the only one I didnt guess was jamaica (maybe If I had more time, cause was allready thinking about, what is the biggest place where they speak english)

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Level 60
Dec 27, 2017
uhm i feel very satisfied that my immense talents were not challenged in the slightest manner since i am clearly superior to the Geo serfs who are embarrassing themselves here , needless to say i achieved 100 percent and feel quite special thank you
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Level 46
Dec 28, 2017
Ok.
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Level 75
May 10, 2021
You are clearly quite special.
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Level 45
Oct 18, 2022
good for you...
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Level 56
Dec 27, 2017
got jamaica (24%) but missed austria (93%)
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Level 52
Aug 5, 2021
I got jamaica but forgot Ireland XD The only one I missed.
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Level 36
Dec 27, 2017
What about Iceland?

And Luxembourg? 2012 statistics has 52% native Luxembourgish and 2% native German, plus an unknown percentage of English.

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Level 88
Dec 27, 2017
When Luxembourgs population gets 5 times larger it will most certainly belong on this list.
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Level 36
Dec 27, 2017
I had missed the 'most populous' part!
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Level 70
Dec 27, 2017
Yah, there's more people in Anaheim, California than there are in Iceland.
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Level 59
Jan 2, 2018
Nice Anaheim reference.
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Level 42
Dec 27, 2017
Jamaica!!!! Whaaaaa??!!
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Level 37
Mar 10, 2018
Jamaicans speak English and English is a Germanic Language.
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Level 66
Nov 23, 2019
Jamaican here. It's the language of the nation. As with the UK and Australia, we too have variations of words we use in local dialect (slangs). Some parts of Jamaica have a more intense accent than others. We will purposefully speak in a more intense accent around eavesdropping foreigners just to keep them from understanding our conversations.
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Level 72
Feb 4, 2021
I love Oktoberfest in Kingston!
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Level 63
Dec 27, 2017
My country, 'tis of thee / Austria-Hungary / Obey your King
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Level 64
May 1, 2022
Land where Ferdinand died / Land where Germans confide / From every trench inside / Let bombshells ring!
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Level 64
Dec 27, 2017
suriname?
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Level 78
Dec 27, 2017
Population. I doubt Suriname has 1m.
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Level 58
Jan 8, 2018
About 600.000, actually
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Level 39
Jan 23, 2018
They speak German in Tirol in Italy, afaik.
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Level 64
Feb 21, 2020
Tyrol is in Austria. South Tyrol is in Italy with supposedly 315K German speakers.
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Level 69
Mar 13, 2018
Icelandic? Is that not germanic?
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Level 87
Mar 26, 2018
They only have ~300K population.
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Level 61
Jul 13, 2018
Just curious, why does India or Singapore not count in this quiz?
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Level 69
Aug 16, 2018
Most of their residents don't speak English natively.
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Level 58
Nov 15, 2018
Thought the same thing. The children grow up bilingual in most cases. So which constitutes their native language?
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Level 79
Aug 5, 2021
A large majority of Indians speak either no English at all, or know only a few specific words which get mixed in with whichever Indian language they speak.

The educated elite in India do usually speak good English, and they tend to be the ones who foreigners who haven't visited India encounter (because they are more likely to travel or appear on media with international readch). It's created the impression that India is a lot more anglophone than it actually is.

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Level 49
Nov 10, 2018
Didn't realize Germanic equaled Nordic................................. Damn.
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Level 67
Jan 16, 2019
It doesnt. Though in scandinavia germanic languages are spoken.
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Level 61
Jun 9, 2019
Yes, it does. Nordic languages are Germanic. The Norse were Germanic peoples.
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Level 67
Aug 25, 2019
No it doesnt, they are two different terms. Which are NOT interchangeable. One refers to language and the other to region. And germans, belgians, the dutch and the english etc are Not nordic people. And finland is a nordic country but they do not speak a germanic language there.
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Level 37
Nov 30, 2018
Excellent quiz. Thank you.
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Level 55
Jan 3, 2019
No Poland? I thought Poland has large German speaking people
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Level 44
Jan 5, 2019
It does, but it's not the majority.
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Level 67
Jan 16, 2019
They arent all large...
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Level 70
Oct 16, 2019
Poland has fewer than 100 000 native German speakers. Most of the Germans either fled or were expelled from Poland during the last months of WW II and shortly afterwards.
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Level 35
Jan 13, 2019
Liechtenstein is German speaking!

Also, shouldn't Ghana be on the list too? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghanaian_English

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Level 67
Jan 16, 2019
but not populous, same goes for iceland, which at first I was surprised not to see on here either
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Level 53
Mar 15, 2019
Jamaica?
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Level 47
Jul 17, 2019
I was surprised to see Jamaica here and not Iceland or Guyana
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Level 66
Nov 23, 2019
Guyana has a smaller population. There are more of us Jamaicans than there are Guyanese.
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Level 65
Mar 1, 2020
Actually guessed Jamaica somehow :)
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Level 20
Sep 11, 2020
15/15!!!! This was the first comment I was able to make on any quiz!
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Level 23
Feb 10, 2021
i missed germany
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Level 58
Feb 23, 2021
Singapore???
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Level ∞
Jul 19, 2021
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languages_of_Singapore
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Level 45
Aug 5, 2021
Most Singaporeans speak English as their first language while Chinese, Tamil and Malay are mostly their second language. Considering that most people use English for casual conversations and it is the language used in schools and businesses, I think Singapore should be added to this Quiz
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Level 39
Mar 14, 2021
Belgium speaks french mainly
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Level ∞
Jul 19, 2021
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languages_of_Belgium
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Level 69
Aug 5, 2021
The population number for Belgium is misleading given French accounts for almost half about it. It took me some time to get it right. I recommend changing this.
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Level 70
Aug 5, 2021
It's misleading only if you have trouble with reading comprehension. The table clearly says "population", not "number of speakers of Germanic languages".
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Level 55
Aug 5, 2021
nigeria isn't one?
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Level 59
Aug 5, 2021
English being a Germanic language is still something I can't get over like it usually sounds a lot more like the Romance languages and has more similarities but I suppose old English was very different
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Level 65
Aug 5, 2021
Missed three. All of them English speaking countries.
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Level 68
Aug 6, 2021
If 184 million people in Nigeria speak English, and it is the only official language, I would say they should be in this list as well
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Level 51
Aug 7, 2021
Okay...I understood this quiz totally wrong :)
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Level 23
Nov 5, 2022
Shouldn't South Africa be here because we speak English and Afrikaans which is derived from Dutch and considered to be a Germanic language?