The Languages spoken in Belgium


In keeping with its multiculturalism, Belgium has three official languages—Dutch, French and German. About 60% of the people speak Dutch while French is used by 40%. German is spoken by less than 1% of the people.

The Dutch and French spoken in Belgium have minor differences in vocabulary and semantic nuances from the varieties spoken in the Netherlands and France. Dutch dialects are common but dialects such as the Walloon language, Picard or Limburgish are not used in public life any longer.