In this series of articles we overview languages present in any given country. This time we are looking at the languages spoken in Belgium

The biggest languages present in Belgium include:

  • Flemish
  • French
  • German

The following languages are legally recognized as the “official languages” of the country:

  • Dutch
  • French
  • German

Below you will find summaries for the languages supported by our translation services.

Flemish

Flemish belongs to the Germanic branch of the Indo-European language family. It has no country-wide official status in Belgium.

Flemish language summary
Number of speakers worldwide6.50 million
Language familyIndo-European
WritingDutch alphabet
Major Flemish-speaking populations in:3 countries

Demographics and geographic distribution

There are major Flemish-speaking populations in 3 countries. With regard to the number of speakers, the most notable 3 countries are Belgium, Netherlands, and France.

In Belgium approximately 60% or 6.95 million people use Flemish in their day-to-day communication.

Writing

The Dutch alphabet is used for writing the Flemish language. Being a subset of the Dutch script, it uses some non-standard characters like á, é, í, ó, overall 11 symbols.

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French

French is a Romance language, closely related to Spanish, Romanian, Catalan, Portuguese, and other languages of the same branch of the language family. It is one of the official languages of Belgium, alongside 3 other.

French language summary
Number of speakers worldwide274 million
Language familyIndo-European
WritingFrench alphabet
Major French-speaking populations in:49 countries

Demographics and geographic distribution

Approximately 274 million people in more than 49 countries speak French as either the first or a second language. With regard to the number of speakers, the most notable 3 countries are France, Canada, and Switzerland.

More than half of Belgian citizens speak French.

Writing

French employs the French script, which in itself is a sub-type of the Latin script. It is written in the left-to-right fashion.

Translation services

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German

German is a Germanic language, closely related to Swedish, Flemish, Norwegian, Dutch, and other languages of the same branch of the language family. It is one of the official languages of Belgium, alongside 3 other.

German language summary
Number of speakers worldwide230 million
Language familyIndo-European
WritingGerman alphabet
Major German-speaking populations in:12 countries

Demographics and geographic distribution

German is spoken by around 230 million people around the world. With regard to the number of speakers, the most notable 3 countries are Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

Around 0.6% of the population of Belgium speak German.

Writing

The German alphabet is used for writing the German language. Being a subset of the German script, it uses some non-standard characters like ä, ö, ü, ß, overall 4 symbols.

Translation services

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