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  • a West Germanic language spoken worldwide by around 22 million people (in the Netherlands, the northern half of Belgium (Flanders), Belgium's capital Brussels, the northernmost part of France, the Netherlands Antilles, Aruba, Suriname and amongst certain groups in Indonesia.

  • The variety of Dutch spoken in Belgium is informally called Flemish (Vlaams).

  • Many people in the west of the Netherlands refer to their language as Hollands.

  • A form of Dutch carried to the southern tip of Africa in the 17th century has since evolved into Afrikaans which is one of the official languages of the Republic of South Africa.

  • In early times, the Dutch language as such did not exist. Instead there were various Germanic dialects spoken in the region, mostly of (Low) Frankian origin. A process of standardization started in the Middle ages, especially under the influence of the Burgundian Ducal Court in Dijon (Brussels after 1477).

  • The Dutch, Flemish and Surinamese governments coordinate their language activities in the Dutch Language Union (Nederlandse Taalunie).

  • Flemish should not be confused with West Flemish, which is a separate, although related language also spoken in parts of Flanders and in northern France.

  • The most important dictionary of the modern Dutch language is the Van Dale groot woordenboek der Nederlandse taal.

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