Papiamento /pæpjəˈmɛnt/,[3] or Papiamentu, is the maist widely spoken leid on the Caribbean ABC islands, havin offeecial status on the islands o Aruba an Curaçao. The leid is an aa recognized on Bonaire bi the Dutch govrenment.[2]

Native tae
Native speakers
260,000 (1999–2011)[1]
  • Papiamento
Offeecial status
Offeecial leid in
Leid codes
ISO 639-2pap
ISO 639-3pap
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Papiamento is a creole leid derived frae African an Iberian Romance leids[4] wi some influences frae Amerindian leids, Inglis an Dutch.[5] Papiamento haes twa main dialects: Papiamento, spoken primarily on Aruba; an Papiamentu, spoken primarily on Bonaire an Curaçao.


  1. Papiamento at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Papiamentu can be used in relations with the Dutch government.
    "Invoeringswet openbare lichamen Bonaire, Sint Eustatius en Saba" (in Dutch). Retrieved 2011-01-01.
  3. Laurie Bauer, 2007, The Linguistics Student’s Handbook, Edinburgh
  4. "Papiamentu". Ethnologue.
  5. Romero, Simon (2010-07-05). "Willemstad Journal: A Language Thrives in Its Caribbean Home". The New York Times.