Dutch is spoken by the 15 million inhabitants of the Netherlands, and is also the official language of Surinam in South America, and of the Netherlands Antilles in the Caribbean Sea.2.
The name Dutch comes from the word Dietsc, or Duutsc, as the language was called in the Middle Ages. It meant "language of the people." 3.
Dutch, is one of the Germanic languages, and thus part of the Indo-European family. It is related to Frisian, German and English.4.
In the late 1930s, Dutch was made the official language of the northern part of Belgium.5.
Dutch is spoken by roughly 24 million people across the globe.
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