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Languages of Netherlands Antilles

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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.

Living languages

Dutch

[nld] 4,000 in Netherlands Antilles.  Classification: Indo-European, Germanic, West, Low Saxon-Low Franconian, Low Franconian 
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English

[eng] 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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Netherlands Antilles Creole English

[vic] 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 
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Papiamentu

[pap] 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 
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