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Dutch belongs to the West Germanic group of the Indo-European language family. It has many similarities with Low German in particular and also English and Friesian. Afrikaans, an official language in South Africa, evolved from Dutch.

Colloquially, Dutch is often mistakenly called Hollandish, however this is a dialect only spoken in Holland.

Dutch is also spoken in the Flanders region of Belgium where it is referred to as “Flemish“. Along with French, Dutch has been a standard language in Belgium since the end of the 19th century.

The Netherlands is one of the world’s most densely populated territorial states. In January 2009, there were over 16 million inhabitants in just 42,000 km², with around half living in the Randstad, the densely populated west of the country.

The Dutch have a well-functioning, liberal economic system. Compared to its European neighbours, the job market is relaxed and the state budget balanced.

The service industries play a key role in the Dutch economy, most importantly financial and transport service providers. The high tech agricultural sector is extremely productive: in addition to grain, vegetable, fruit and cut flower cultivation there is large-scale dairy farming, the latter serving as the basis for cheese, an important export product. After the USA and France, the Netherlands is the world’s third largest exporter of agricultural products.

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