Dutch is a West Germanic language spoken primarily in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Suriname, as well as in diaspora communities around the world. It is the official language of the Netherlands, Belgium, and Suriname, and has over 24 million speakers worldwide. Dutch has a rich history and has been influenced by various languages, including French, German, and English. It is written using the Latin alphabet with some additional characters, and has a complex grammar structure with a system of verb conjugations and noun declensions. Dutch is known for its literature, art, and design, and is an important language for trade and commerce in Europe.