Freesk (in Saterland), Frasch, Freesk, Fräisch (on the North Frisian
Mainland), Fresk, Friisk (on the North Frisian Islands), Friisk (an artificial
name to refer to all North Frisian dialects as a whole). In English and German ‘Frysk’, Frisian spoken in the Netherlands, is referred to as: West Frisian, Westfriesisch.
|Spoken in ...||The Netherlands, Germany|
|Number of speakers||
West Frisian: 300.000
East Frisian: 2.000
North Frisian: 8.000
West Frisian is the second official language in the province of Fryslân in the Netherlands. There is legislation on the use of West Frisian in education and in legal and offical
transactions. In the Schleswig-Holstein constitution it is stated that North Frisian should be suported by the country government.
Horst H. Munske et. al. Handbuch des
Friesischen/Handbook of Frisian
Studies. Niemeyer, Tübingen 2001.
|Short explanation about the history||
In the Middle Ages (Old) Frisian was spoken along the North sea coast from the present Dutch province of North Holland up to the Weser. In this period
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