A World of Cultures


Suriname is a small country on the northeastern coast of South America. It's defined by vast swaths of tropical rainforest, Dutch colonial architecture and a melting-pot culture. On its Atlantic coast is the capital, Paramaribo, where palm gardens grow near Fort Zeelandia, a 17th-century trading post. Paramaribo is also home to Saint Peter and Paul Basilica, a towering wood cathedral consecrated in 1885.

Languages: Dutch (official), English, Sranang Tongo, Hindi, Javanese


Ethnic Groups: industani (also known locally as "East Indians"; their ancestors emigrated from northern India in the latter part of the 19th century) 37%, Creole (mixed white and black) 31%, Javanese 15%, "Maroons" (their African ancestors were brought to the country in the 17th and 18th centuries as slaves and escaped to the interior) 10%, Amerindian 2%, Chinese 2%, white 1%, other 2%


Belief Systems: Hindu 27.4%, Protestant 25.2% (predominantly Moravian), Roman Catholic 22.8%, Muslim 19.6%, indigenous beliefs 5%




Population: 543497 people (World Rank: 172nd) (2014 estimate)
Population Density: 9.02 people/mi^2 (People per Square Mile) (World Rank: 234th) (2014 estimate)
Population Growth: 0.881 %/yr (World Rank: 138th) (2013 estimate)
Life Expectancy: 71 years (World Rank: 145th) (2013 estimate)
Median Age: 27.5 years (World Rank: 93rd) (2010 estimate)

Sites for More Information:

Map of Suriname

World Factbook

Suriname - General Information
Columbia Encyclopedia Entry for Suriname
Quick Citation

Surinamese Embassy
in Washington D.C.

Surinamese Government Web Sites
Directory of government Web sites and other links
by Gunnar Anzinger.

Travel Info for Suriname
from travelnotes.org

Local Weather Conditions

A World of Cultures © 2021
xxxxBrought to you by the
Worldview Project