Dutch language facts
With millions of speakers all over the world, the Dutch language is as beautiful as it is extraordinary. It is still evolving on a daily basis by sharing a special relationship with French, English, German and other languages.
It is said that the first example of a Dutch writing is be a poem on a piece of paper that was used to test a writing tool during the 12th century. However, some say that the oldest Dutch writings were either a book on Salic law dating back to the 6th century or an inscription found on a metal support for a sword sheath called the Berkagger.
With words borrowed from French, English or Hebrew language, it is undoubtedly true that the Dutch language has a long linguistic history. Among some examples of words borrowed from French, we can find desk, umbrella or orange juice and more while in Hebrew, we have for example mazzel (lucky), tof (cool), and bajes (prisons) to name a few.
The Netherlands is the 17 th largest economy, and it has been crowned the most competitive economy in Europe by the World Economic Forum’s 2019 Global Competitiveness Index (GCI).