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Official language: Dutch


Demographics of The Netherlands

The 2008 estimate population of The Netherlands is 16,440,113. The Netherlands is the 25th most densely populated country in the world, with 395 inhabitants per square kilometre (1,023 sq mi), or 484 people per square kilometre (1,254/sq mi) if only the land area is counted.

The ethnic origins of the citizens of the Netherlands are diverse. Nevertheless, the majority still remains indigenous Dutch. A 2005 estimate counted: 80.9% Dutch, 2.4% Indonesian (Indo-Dutch, South Moluccan), 2.4% German, 2.2% Turkish, 2.0% Surinamese, 1.9% Moroccan, 0.8% Antillean and Aruban and 6.0% other.

Languages

The official language is Dutch, which is spoken by a majority of the inhabitants, the exception being some groups of immigrants. Another official language is West Frisian, which is spoken in the northern province of Friesland, called Fryslân in that language. West Frisian is co-official only in the province of Friesland, although with a few restrictions.

There is a tradition of learning foreign languages in the Netherlands: about 70% of the total population have good knowledge of English, 55– 59% of German and 19% of French. Some Dutch secondary schools also teach Latin and Ancient Greek.

Netherlands National Institutions for Language

Nederlandse Taalunie - Dutch Language Union
Linde van den Bosch, General Secretary
Johan Van Hoorde
Ellen Fernhout
Postbus 10595, 2501 HN Den Haag, Netherlands
+31-70-346 95 48
lvandenbosch@taalunie.org
jvanhoorde@taalunie.org
efernhout@taalunie.org

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