Languages of Netherlands AntillesSee language map.
Netherlands Antilles. 218,126. Population includes St. Eustatius 1,000, Saba 1,000, St. Maarten 10,000 (1995). National or official language: Dutch. Self-governing part of the Netherlands. By agreement of all parties, it remains in the Kingdom of the Netherlands (1996). Leeward islands: Curaçao, Bonaire; Windward islands: St. Maarten, Saba, St. Eustatius. Literacy rate: 95%. Also includes Spanish (2,100), Sranan (6,400), Arabic, Chinese. Blind population: 500 (1982 WCE). Deaf institutions: 3. The number of languages listed for Netherlands Antilles is 4. Of those, all are living languages.
4,000 in Netherlands Antilles.
Classification: Indo-European, Germanic, West, Low Saxon-Low Franconian, Low Franconian
1,800 in Netherlands Antilles (2004). More use on Saba and Statia than other islands.
Classification: Indo-European, Germanic, West, English
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16,700 in Netherlands Antilles (2002 SIL). Population includes 14,000 on St. Maarten, 1,100 on Saba, 1,600 on St. Eustatius. Southern St. Maarten, Saba, St. Eustatius.
Alternate names: Virgin Islands Creole English.
Dialects: St. Maarten Creole English, Saba Creole English, Statia Creole English.
Classification: Creole, English based, Atlantic, Eastern, Southern
179,000 in Netherlands Antilles (1998). Population total all countries: 319,400. Curaçao, St. Maarten, Bonaire Islands off Venezuela coast, and islands off Nicaragua. Also spoken in Aruba, Netherlands, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands.
Alternate names: Papiamento, Papiam, Papiamentoe, Papiamen, Curaçoleño, Curassese.
Dialects: The language is becoming more like Spanish, which is prestigious.
Classification: Creole, Iberian based