More than one in ten Dutch people speak one of the recognized regional languages at home. Low Saxon is the most common (5 percent), followed by Limburg (3 percent) and Frisian (2 percent). Another 5 percent speak in dialect at the dinner table. Furthermore, 8 percent mainly speak another language behind the door, such as Turkish, English or Berber.
Dutch is most spoken at home in the province of Utrecht. Limburgers do that the least; slightly less than half communicate here in Dutch at home. In Friesland, too, Dutch is often not spoken with family and loved ones. People who often speak the regional languages from these two provinces at home often do so outside the home, such as at work. This is much less the case with Lower Saxony.
The Dutch speak less dialect as they are more educated. In the case of regional languages, the picture is more variable. “While Low Saxon is used considerably less at home the higher the education level, the difference between Frisian and Limburgish is much smaller,” say the statisticians.
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