The Netherlands is a small but diverse country, with a population of over 17 million people. The country is known for its liberal policies, thriving economy, and rich cultural heritage. The official language of the Netherlands is Dutch, which is spoken by the majority of the population. However, due to the country's history of colonization and immigration, there are also many other languages spoken in the Netherlands.

Dutch is a West Germanic language and is closely related to German and English. It is the mother tongue of over 95% of the Dutch population and is also spoken in parts of Belgium and Suriname. Dutch has a rich literary tradition and is the language of many famous writers, such as Anne Frank, Multatuli, and Harry Mulisch.

Apart from Dutch, there are also other regional dialects spoken in the Netherlands. Frisian is the second official language of the Netherlands and is spoken in the northern province of Friesland. Limburgish is spoken in the southern province of Limburg, while Low Saxon is spoken in the northeast of the country.

Due to its history of colonization, the Netherlands is also home to many other languages. Indonesian, for example, is spoken by a significant number of people in the country due to its past as a Dutch colony. Other languages spoken in the Netherlands include Turkish, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, and Chinese.

English is widely spoken in the Netherlands and is considered the second language of the country. It is taught as a compulsory subject in schools and is used as a lingua franca in many professional and academic contexts. English is also the language of choice for many international companies, making it an important language for business.

The proficiency of English among the Dutch population is generally high, with a large percentage of the population speaking English fluently. This is partly due to the fact that the Netherlands has a high level of education and a strong tradition of multilingualism.

English is also commonly used in everyday life in the Netherlands, particularly in tourist areas and in cities with a high expat population. Many signs, menus, and other public information are available in both Dutch and English, making it easy for visitors to navigate the country.

For those who want to improve their language skills, there are many language schools and courses available in the Netherlands. These courses are often taught by native English speakers and are available for different levels, from beginner to advanced. AIC has few recommended partners for this topic. For years we have been cooperating with an English School and a Dutch school Check them up here! You can get also a special discount as AIC card holder! 

In addition to language schools and courses, there are also many language exchange events in the Netherlands where people can practice their language skills with native speakers. Our organization organizes language exchange events two events per month and is free!

In conclusion, the Netherlands is a multilingual country with Dutch being the official language. Regional dialects, as well as other languages like Indonesian and Turkish, are also spoken in the country. Language exchange events like the one organized by AIC are a great way to practice speaking a new language and meet new people.