Dutch is the official language of the Netherlands. West Germanic language, spoken by around 23 million people as the first language (including the population of the Netherlands and about sixty percent of Belgium where it is one of the three official languages) and another 5 million as the second language. Its the third most widely spoken Germanic language, after English and German. Outside the Low Countries, it is the native language of the majority of the population of Suriname. Where it also holds an official status, as it does in Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten, which are constituent countries of the Kingdom of the Netherlands located in the Caribbean. Historical minorities on the verge of extinction remain in parts of France and Germany, and in Indonesia. While up to half a million native speakers may reside in the United States, Canada and Australia combined.