Dutch language

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Countries and territories with a significant number of speakers:
 New Zealand
 United States
 United Kingdom

Dutch (About this sound Nederlands ) is a West Germanic language spoken by over 22 million people as a native language[1][2] and over 5 million people as a second language.[3] Most native speakers live in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Suriname, with smaller groups of speakers in parts of France, Germany and former Dutch colonies. It is closely related to other West Germanic languages (e.g., English, Scots, West Frisian and German) and also to the North Germanic languages.

Dutch is the parent language of Afrikaans and of several creole languages, most of which are now extinct. The Dutch Language Union coordinates actions of the Dutch, Flemish and Surinamese authorities in linguistic issues, language policy, language teaching and literature.[7]

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