West Frisian


  • Language: West Frisian
  • Alternate names: Frysk, Fries, Frisian, West(er)lauwers Fries, West(er)lauwersk Frysk
  • Language code: fry
  • Language family: Indo-European, Germanic, West, Frisian (SIL classification)
  • Number of speakers: ~300,000
  • Vulnerability: risk
  • Script: Latin script.

More information:

    The main dialects Klaaifrysk, Wâldfrysk and Súdwesthoeks are mutually intelligible, whereas the archaic dialect of Hylpen and Skylge differ a lot from the main dialects and are difficult to understand for other speakers of Frisian. A general standard of Frisian has been accepted, which is mainly based on the Klaaifrysk dialect. (de Graaf 2014)