115,000 in Curacao (2011 SIL). Population total all countries: 263,200.
Also in Aruba (Papiamento), Caribbean Netherlands, Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Sint Maarten, United States, U.S. Virgin Islands.
1 (National). De facto national language.
Maximum number of prefixes, 2; word order distinguishes subjects, objects, indirect objects; affixes indicate case of noun phrases; verb affixes mark person, number, gender of subject, object, other noun phrase—not obligatory; passives; causatives; comparatives; CVC
About 20,000 L2 speakers. Importance varies by island. Use of both Papiamento and Dutch [nld] not considered an indication of lack of education. Dutch use fosters social and political mobility. All domains. All ages. On Curaçao and Bonaire, Dutch [nld] used at school, Spanish [spa] with Spanish speakers, English [eng] and Dutch with tourists.