Stellingwarfs dialect

Stellingwarfs, Stellingwerf
Native to Netherlands
Region Northeast, Stellingwerven region, Friesland Province. Centers are Oosterwolde and Wolvega.
Official status
Official language in


- Recognized by the government in 1996 (being part of Low Saxon).[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 stl
Glottolog stel1238[2]

Stellingwarfs (Dutch: Stellingwerfs) is the form of Dutch Low Saxon spoken in Ooststellingwerf and Weststellingwerf in the Dutch province of Friesland, and also in Steenwijkerland and Westerveld in the Dutch province of Overijssel and Drenthe .

Geographic distribution

Some include Veenkoloniaals within Stellingwarfs; Veenkoloniaals is spoken in the village of Noordwolde, Friesland.

Official status

The language was recognized by the government of the Netherlands in 1996 (as being part of Low Saxon).[1]


Stellingwarfs is easily intelligible for many Dutch people. There is modern literature in Stellingwarfs.

Like Het Bildt and Leeuwarden, Weststellingwerf and Ooststellingwerf are among the municipalities of Friesland where West Frisian is not spoken.


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  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Stellingwerfs". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
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