Caribbean Netherlands; Spoken languages and main language, characteristics

Caribbean Netherlands; Spoken languages and main language, characteristics

Personal characteristics Accuracy Caribbean Netherlands Periods Speaks one language (%) Speaks more than one language (%) Spoken languages Papiamentu (%) Spoken languages English (%) Spoken languages Dutch (%) Spoken languages Spanish (%) Spoken languages Other (%) Main language Papiamentu (%) Main language English (%) Main language Dutch (%) Main language Spanish (%) Main language Other (%)
Total persons Percentage/average Caribbean Netherlands 2013 16.8 83.2 69.9 80.1 67.7 65.1 15.3 47.4 25.9 12.6 12.8 1.4
Total persons Percentage/average Caribbean Netherlands 2017/2018 24.7 75.3 59.8 79.2 56.7 56.1 15.9 37.2 35.2 11.2 13.5 3.0
Total persons Percentage/average Bonaire 2013 10.1 89.9 86.9 74.2 76.0 75.7 14.8 63.8 4.5 15.4 15.2 1.2
Total persons Percentage/average Bonaire 2017/2018 14.0 86.0 87.1 69.6 70.4 70.5 16.2 60.2 6.6 16.1 14.6 2.5
Total persons Percentage/average St. Eustatius 2013 32.0 68.0 25.2 96.0 49.7 38.7 13.4 . 84.7 6.3 7.4 .
Total persons Percentage/average St. Eustatius 2017/2018 47.5 52.5 20.8 92.7 36.0 33.8 8.6 1.4 80.3 3.0 13.1 2.2
Total persons Percentage/average Saba 2013 43.4 56.6 13.4 99.6 32.3 27.1 23.3 . 92.9 . 3.3 3.1
Total persons Percentage/average Saba 2017/2018 32.3 67.7 10.7 96.9 34.0 32.6 25.7 . 80.1 4.5 9.5 5.8
Source: CBS.
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Table description


This table provides data on languages spoken by the population of the Caribbean Netherlands aged 15 years and older in private households. Breakdowns by sex, age and level of education are presented. These aspects are shown for the Caribbean Netherlands and also for the islands Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba separately.
The research is a sample survey. This means that the figures shown are estimates for which reliability margins apply. These margins are also included in the table.
The Omnibus survey was carried out for the first time on Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius in 2013 during the month of June and the first week of July. For the second time the Omnibus survey was carried out on Bonaire during the months of October and November 2017, and on Saba and St. Eustatius in the period January to March 2018.

Data available from: 2013

Status of the figures:
The figures in this table are final.

Changes as of 4 April 2019
None, this is a new table.

When will new figures be published?
New data will be published every four years.

Description topics

Speaks one language
Respondents were asked: Which language or languages do you speak? Answer possibilities: English, Papiamentu, Dutch, Spanish and other languages. More than one answer possible. Presented is the percentage of the respondents who speak one language.
Speaks more than one language
Respondents were asked: Which language or languages do you speak? Answer possibilities: English, Papiamentu, Dutch, Spanish and other languages. More than one answer possible. Presented is the percentage of the respondents who speak more than one language.
Spoken languages
Respondents were asked: Which language or languages do you speak? Answer possibilities: English, Papiamentu, Dutch, Spanish and other languages. More than one answer possible. The percentage indicates for each language which part of the population speaks that language.
Papiamentu
English
Dutch
Spanish
Other
Main language
Respondents were asked: Which language or languages do you speak? Answer possibilities: English, Papiamentu, Dutch, Spanish and other languages. More than one answer possible. If the respondent speaks more than one language, the following is asked: Which language do you speak most? The percentage indicates for each language which part of the population speaks that language most.
Papiamentu
English
Dutch
Spanish
Other