The Dutch language is spoken throughout the Kingdom of the Netherlands and in the Northern and Western parts of Belgium, besides by the civilized population of the Dutch colonies. In dialectical form the Dutch language extends far beyond the boundary-line of the Netherlands. Dialects of striking likeness to Dutch are spoken in the whole Western part of Prussia and along the coast of the Baltic. Moreover, at the Northern border of France, there is a narrow track of land, where a Dutch dialect is spoken until now. Then, in South-Africa the well known „boers“ speak also Dutch, though in a somewhat barbarous dialectical form.
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