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Netherlands Antilles. 186,000. 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%. Immigrant languages: Portuguese (2,200), Spanish (2,100), Sranan (6,400). Also includes Arabic, Chinese. Blind population: 500 (1982 WCE). Deaf institutions: 3. The number of individual languages listed for Netherlands Antilles is 4. Of those, all are living languages.
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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: 320,200. Curaçao, St. Maarten, Bonaire Islands (off Venezuela coast). Also in Aruba, Netherlands, Puerto Rico, United States, U.S. Virgin Islands.
Alternate names: Curaçoleño, Curassese, Papiam, Papiamen, Papiamento, Papiamentoe.
Dialects: Becoming more like Spanish, which is prestigious.
Classification: Creole, Iberian based