Dutch is a West Germanic language and the official language of the Netherlands and Surinam. It is also one of the three official languages of the Belgian citizens. Belgium is situated south of the Dutch borders. The Netherlands is a small kingdom and consists of the Netherlands in Northwestern Europe and the three small islands: Aruba, Curaçao, and Sint Maarten, located in the Caribbean Sea (South-America).
Dutch is the third most widely spoken Germanic language. Approximately 25 million people in the European Union speak Dutch as their first language, and an additional eight million speak it as their second language. In the former colony of Indonesia, the oldest generations may still speak Dutch in some areas. The number of speakers of Dutch in the United States, Canada, and Australia is estimated at more than half a million.
Afrikaans, which is one of the official languages of South Africa, is a daughter language of Dutch. Both languages are mutually understandable.
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