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A language of Netherlands

Alternate Names
Hollands, Nederlands
Population

16,400,000 in Netherlands (2007 CBS). Population total all countries: 22,984,690.

Location

Also in Aruba, Belgium (Flemish), Brazil, Canada, Caribbean Netherlands, Curacao, Germany, Sint Maarten, South Africa, Suriname, United States.

Language Status

1 (National). De facto national language.

Dialects

Northern North Hollandish (Westfries). Belgian variety of Dutch (not Vlaams [vls]) only slightly different from that of the Netherlands.

Typology

No dominant word order

Language Use

Most speakers of other languages are also fluent in Dutch.

Language Development
Fully developed. Bible: 1522–2004.
Writing
Braille script, used since 1951. Latin script, primary usage.

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