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Dutch

A language of Netherlands

ISO 639-3nld

Population  16,400,000 in Netherlands (2007 CBS). Population total all countries: 21,730,290.
Region  Also in Aruba, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Indonesia (Java and Bali), Netherlands Antilles, South Africa, Suriname, United States.
Language map  Belgium, Luxembourg and Netherlands
Alternate names   Hollands, Nederlands
Dialects  Northern North Hollandish (Westfries). The variety of Dutch (not Vlaams [vls]) spoken in Belgium is only slightly different from the variety spoken in the Netherlands.
Classification  Indo-European, Germanic, West, Low Saxon-Low Franconian, Low Franconian
Language use  Official language. Most speakers of other languages are also fluent in Dutch.
Language development  Fully developed. Bible: 1522–2004.
Writing system  Latin script.
Comments  SVO.

Also spoken in:

Aruba

Language name   Dutch
Population  5,290 in Aruba, decreasing.
Language use  Official language.
 

Belgium

Language name   Dutch
Population  4,620,000 in Belgium (1990 WA).
Region  West Vlaanderen, Oost Vlaanderen, Antwerpen, Limburg, Vlaams-Brabant, and bilingual part (10% to 20%) of Brussels.
Language map  Belgium, Luxembourg and Netherlands
Alternate names  Nederlands
Dialects  Brabants, Oost-Vlaams.
Language use  Official language.
Comments  Called ‘Vlaams’ in Belgium, even though different from (West) Vlaams spoken there. In the Dutch linguistic area there are minority rights for French-speaking persons in Drogenbos, Kraainem, Linkebeek, Sint-Genesius-Rode, Wemmel, Wezembeek-Oppem, Mesen, Spiere-Helkijn, Ronse, Bever, Herstappe, Voeren.
 

Brazil

Language name   Dutch
Region  Paraná.
 

France

Language name   Dutch
Population  80,000 in France.
Region  Northeast corner, Westhoek, between Artois Hills and Belgium border.
Language use  Usage is declining.
 

Netherlands Antilles

Language name   Dutch
Population  4,000 in Netherlands Antilles.
Language use  Official language.
Comments  Use is decreasing in importance.
 

Suriname

Language name   Dutch
Population  200,000 in Suriname (1997 C. DeKleine).
Language use  Official language. All domains. All ages. Positive attitude. Also use Sranan [srn] or Sarnami Hindustani [hns].
Language development  Taught in primary and secondary schools.