Alternative name(s): Fries (nl), frisiska (sv)
Language family: Indo-European
Language Group: Germanic
Geographical use: Friesland (esp. the countryside) and in the northwest of Germany
Information: There are between 350 and
400 thousand speakers.
Frisian once was the most important language across the Northsea coast and nearby islands, between the current Flemish-Dutch border and the current German-Danish border. Since the 16th century it has been slowly replaced by Dutch and Low German. In the 20th century Frisian has known a revival and it became an official language of the Netherlands. It is nowadays used in schools and courts.