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West Frisian language

West Frisian, or simply Frisian (Westerlauwersk Frysk or Frysk, ; Fries ) is a West Germanic language spoken mostly in the province of Friesland (Fryslân) in the north of the Netherlands, mostly by those of Frisian ancestry. It is the most widely spoken of the three Frisian languages.

For English linguists, West Frisian is notable as being the most closely related language to English outside of Britain, and it is often considered to be "in between" English and Dutch.

The name "West Frisian" is only used outside the Netherlands, to distinguish this language from the closely related Frisian languages of Saterland Frisian and North Frisian spoken in Germany. Within the Netherlands, however, "West Frisian" refers to the West Frisian dialect of the Dutch language while the West Frisian language is almost always just called "Frisian" (in Dutch: Fries for the Frisian language and Westfries for the Dutch dialect). The unambiguous name used for the West Frisian language by linguists in the Netherlands is Westerlauwers Fries (West Lauwers Frisian), the Lauwers being a border river that separates the Dutch provinces of Friesland and Groningen.



The Netherlands (Nederland, ) is a country located mainly in Northwestern Europe. The European portion of the Netherlands consists of twelve separate provinces that border Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, with maritime borders in the North Sea with Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom. Together with three island territories in the Caribbean Sea—Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba— it forms a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The official language is Dutch, but a secondary official language in the province of Friesland is West Frisian.

The six largest cities in the Netherlands are Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht, Eindhoven and Tilburg. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the seat of the States General, Cabinet and Supreme Court. The Port of Rotterdam is the largest port in Europe, and the largest in any country outside Asia. The country is a founding member of the EU, Eurozone, G10, NATO, OECD and WTO, as well as a part of the Schengen Area and the trilateral Benelux Union. It hosts several intergovernmental organisations and international courts, many of which are centered in The Hague, which is consequently dubbed 'the world's legal capital'.


West Frisian language (English)  Dialetto frisone occidentale (Italiano)  Westerlauwers Fries (Nederlands)  Frison occidental (Français)  Westfriesische Sprache (Deutsch)  Западнофризский язык (Русский)  Idioma frisón occidental (Español)  Język zachodniofryzyjski (Polski)  西弗里斯語 (中文)  Västfrisiska (Svenska)  西フリジア語 (日本語)  Західнофризька мова (Українська)  Западнофризийски език (Български)  서프리슬란트어 (한국어)  Länsifriisi (Suomi)  Bahasa Frisia Barat (Bahasa Indonesia)  Westerlauwersfrisisk (Dansk)  Západofríština (Česky)  Zapadnofrizijski jezik (Hrvatski)  ภาษาฟรีเชียตะวันตก (ไทย)  Rietumfrīzu valoda (Latviešu)  Tiếng Tây Frisia (Tiếng Việt)