English as a first language in the United Kingdom in 2011

Proportion of the population of the United Kingdom whose main language was English in 2011, by country*

English as a first language in the United Kingdom in 2011 This statistic shows the percentage of the population of the United Kingdom that that had English as their main language in 2011. There was a lower percentage of non-English/Welsh speakers in Wales than in any of the other countries, and England had the highest percentage of non-English speakers.
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Proportion of the population of the United Kingdom whose main language was English in 2011, by country*

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EnglishOther
England92%8%
Wales97.1%2.9%
Northern Ireland96.9%3.1%
Scotland**92.6%7.4%
EnglishOther
England92%8%
Wales97.1%2.9%
Northern Ireland96.9%3.1%
Scotland**92.6%7.4%
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This statistic shows the percentage of the population of the United Kingdom that that had English as their main language in 2011. There was a lower percentage of non-English/Welsh speakers in Wales than in any of the other countries, and England had the highest percentage of non-English speakers.
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