According to the United Nations, around 22 million Dutch speakers live around the globe. According to 2018 estimates, this figure grows to almost 28 million, including those who speak Dutch as a second language.
Germanic languages include Dutch, which is the third-most-spoken language in the world, behind English and German.
According to official statistics, most Dutch speakers reside in the Netherlands. About 60% of Belgians also speak Dutch, one of the country’s three official languages.
Dutch is the official language in six different countries. In alphabetical order, Aruba, Belgium, Curacao, the Netherlands, Sint Maarten, and Suriname are the countries. Benelux, the European Union, South American Union, and Caricom all have Dutch.
Dutch is not an official language in any other area or country; it is widely spoken. A small number of people speak Dutch in Germany and France. Around half a million speakers of this language are in the United States, Australia, and Canada.
Dutch has also impacted other languages. Southern African Cape Dutch has evolved into Afrikaans, a Dutch-derived language. More than 16 million people in Namibia and South Africa speak this language.
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