Flemish language factsheet

Written on 13 September, 2022

Flemish translation

Flemish is a West Germanic language, closely related to Dutch and generally regarded as the Belgian variant of Dutch.

Flemish is spoken by approximately 5.5 million people in Belgium and by a minority in France.

Five interesting facts about the Flemish language:

1. Flemish uses the Latin alphabet.

2. The biggest differences between standard Dutch and Flemish are the sounds and vocabulary.

3. Flemish people make up approximately 60% of the Belgian population.

4. Flemish historically refers to the Flemish Region, one of the three official regions of the kingdom of Belgium. Linguistically, it refers to the culture and inhabitants of this region.

5. “Hebban olla vogala” are the first three words of an 11th-century text fragment written in Old Dutch by a Flemish monk.

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