Number of Dutch speakers

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How many Dutch speakers are there?

28 million

Dutch is a West Germanic language and the native language of most of the population of the Netherlands and about sixty percent of the populations of Belgium and Suriname.  It is important to know that there are 28 million native Dutch speakers all over the world.  Keep in mind that most speakers live in the European Union, where it is a first language for about 23 million and a second language for another 5 million people.  Not too many people know that Dutch also holds official status in the Caribbean island nations of Aruba, Curaçao, and Sint Maarten.

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