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Dutch is the official language of the Netherlands and is also called Nederlands by local speakers. It is also an official language of Belgium, Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Indonesia and Suriname. It is very closely related to English and German, and is the next most spoken Germanic language after them. The majority of its vocabulary is Germanic but it has also borrowed from the Romance languages such as French and Latin.

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Netherlands

Belgium

Suriname

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Fun facts about Dutch

There's a great Dutch word, gezellig, which means cosiness, fun, friendliness and comfort all at once.

Dutch is the mother language of Afrikaans, spoken in South Africa. At least 90% of Afrikaans vocabulary comes from Dutch.

There's a phrase, 'doe maar normaal, dan doe je al gek genoeg', which means 'act normal, as that’s crazy enough'.

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