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The Dutch ( Dutch : Nederlanders ? / I ) are a Western European ethnic group of Germanic ethnicity . For the purposes of this article, we are talking about the native population of the Netherlands with a common origin and ethnicity with a common culture and history . They speak Dutch , West Frisian . The Dutch are linguistically related to the Flemings in Belgium. They are referred to as Dutch people as residents or citizens of the lower lands , which refer to the areas that are flat in terms of their geography and located in a low plain - a third of the state is even below sea level. Audio file / audio sample

Spread of the Dutch language

The Dutch and their descendants represent a significant minority in various overseas states, such as Suriname , Canada , Australia , South Africa , New Zealand and the United States . There are around 25 million (born) Dutch people worldwide today.

The largest religious affiliation among the Dutch is Christianity , with roughly equal proportions Roman Catholic and Protestant , whereas the proportion of non-denominational or non-religious people is one of the highest of all European ethnic groups.

The Netherlands is a country poor in natural resources. In the past and to this day, this formed a society that is heavily influenced and dependent on trade. During the so-called Golden Age , the Dutch dominated world trade for around a century, earning them a reputation for being excellent merchants and seafarers.

Web links

Commons : Dutch  - Collection of images, videos and audio files


  • Hans Krabbendam, Kees van Minnen, Giles Scott-Smith (eds.): Four Centuries of Dutch American Relations (1609-2009). SUNY Press, 2009, ISBN 978-1-4384-3013-3 .
  • JA Kossmann-Putto, EH Kossmann: The Netherlands. History and language of the Northern and Southern Netherlands. 1993, ISBN 90-70831-57-0 .
  • John Hunt, Heather-Ann Campbell: Dutch South Africa: early settlers at the Cape, 1652-1708. Troubador Publishing, 2005, ISBN 1-904744-95-8 .
  • JCH Blom and others: Geschiedenis van de Nederlanden.
  • D. Hogenelst, Frits van Oostrom: Handgeschreven wereld. Nederlandse literatuur en cultuur in de middeleeuwen. Amsterdam 2005, ISBN 90-5333-238-3 .
  • Gerald Francis De Jong: The Dutch in America, 1609-1974. Twayne Publishers, 1975, ISBN 0-8057-3214-4 .
  • Charles R. Boxer: The Dutch in Brazil, 1624-1654. The Clarendon Press, Oxford 1957, ISBN 0-208-01338-5 .

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Jeroen De Wulf: Ethnic Groups of Europe: An Encyclopedia . Ed .: Jeffrey Cole. ABC-Clio, Santa Barbara / Denver / Oxford 2011, ISBN 978-1-59884-302-6 , pp. 110 ( limited preview in Google Book search).
  2. Statistics Canada , 2001 Census: Canadians by Ethnicity ( Memento from January 15, 2011 in the Internet Archive )
  3. 2001 census (PDF; 434 kB) on ausstats.abs.gov.au. Retrieved August 27, 2010.
  4. How 'Pure' was the Average Africans? ( Memento of October 13, 2012 in the Internet Archive ), about.com.
  5. United States Census Bureau : Selected Social Characteristics: 2004. ( Memento from June 6, 2011 in the Internet Archive )
  6. Jonathan Israel: Dutch Primacy in World Trade, 1585-1740. 1989, ISBN 0-19-821139-2 , introduction