Papiamentu Facts

Papiamentu is spoken in the Netherlands Antilles,
Aruba, and even found its way to The Netherlands

Papiamentu is the local language of Aruba and the two Leeward Islands of the Netherlands Antilles, namely Bonaire and Curaçao. These three islands are located in the South Caribbean off the coast of South America.

Papiamentu also plays an important role on the Windward Islands of the Netherlands Antilles - St. Maarten, St. Eustatius, and Saba. People from these islands came to Curaçao and especially to Aruba for work and their children grew up speaking Papiamentu. Returning to their home islands they took with them their knowledge of Papiamentu. Some natives from Curaçao were also attracted by the expanding tourism in St. Maarten and reinforced the position of Papiamentu there.

Another large Papiamentu speaking community can be found in The Netherlands. Since the Netherlands Antilles belong to the Dutch Kingdom there is constant cultural and economic exchange. People from the islands often move to The Netherlands to study and sometimes stay to work there.


This page has been created in June 1998 by Attila Narin <attila@narin.com> and was
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