Population and Language

Curacao has about 134,000 inhabitants (2010) and has very diverse nationaltities. The majority is Creole. These are people of mixed African and European descent who are regarded as indigenous. There are also minorities of Dutch, Chinese, Lebanese, Portuguese, Surinamese, Venezuelan, British West Indians, Dominicans, Haitians and Colombians.

In 2009, 107 different nationalities inhabited the island.

Language

Dutch has long been the only official language, but since 2007 Papiamento and Dutch are the official languages. Papiamento is for most of the Curaçao natives their mother tongue. Besides these languages ​​they almost always speak Spanish and / or English.
According to the census of 2001, 81%  of the population speak Papiamento at home, 8% Dutch,  6% Spanish, 3% English and 2% another language.

 

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