Suriname Population 2017

563,402

Suriname, officially the Republic of Suriname, is a country in South America on the northeastern Atlantic coast that is bordered by Brazil, Guyana, and French Guiana. Suriname is the smallest sovereign state in South America with an estimated 2017 population of 563,402.

Suriname has an estimated population of 563,402, compared to the 2004 census population of 492,000. 90% of the population live in Paramaribo or the coast. Paramaribo is the capital and largest city with a population of 250,000, or close to half of the country's population. Suriname is by far one of the least densely populated countries in the world with just 3 people per square kilometer (7/sq mi), which ranks 231st in the world.

Suriname Demographics

There are many distinct ethnic groups in Suriname. The largest are East Indians (37%), who are descended from 19th century contract workers who arrived from India. Suriname Creoles (31%) are mixed descendants of West African slaves and primarily Dutch Europeans. The Javanese (15%) are descended from contract workers from the Dutch East Indies on Java, Indonesia. The Surinamese Maroons (10%) are descended from escaped West African slaves and are divided into five groups: Ndyuka, Kwinti, Matawai, Saramaccans and Paramaccans.

Amerindians (3.7%) are the original inhabitants of Suriname and include groups like the Wayana, Arawak, Akuriyo, Carib/Kalina, and Trio and live mostly in Paramaribo, Wanica, Marowijne, and Spialiwini.

Other groups include the Chinese, with about 14,000 descendants from early 19th century contract workers and immigrants during the 1990's and 21st century; Europeans, who are mostly descended from Dutch 19th century farmers and Portuguese; Arabs; Jews, who are descended from Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews; and Brazilians, most of whom are gold miners.

There are approximately 328,000 Surinamese in the Netherlands, compared to the 568,000 population of Suriname itself.

Suriname is the only independent country in the Americas that speaks Dutch.

Suriname Population in 2018Source: Mark Ahsmann

Population Data via United Nations WPP (2015 Revision, Medium Variant)

Suriname Population Growth

About Suriname

Official NameRepublic of Suriname
Languages SpokenDutch
BordersBRA, GUF, GUY
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude4-56
Currencies UsedSRD

Suriname Population Density

Name Population
Paramaribo223,757
Lelydorp18,223
Brokopondo14,662
Nieuw Nickerie13,143
Moengo7,074
Nieuw Amsterdam4,935
Albina3,985
Groningen3,216
Onverwacht2,105
Totness1,685

Suriname Population Clock

What is the population of Suriname (as of 11/15/2017)?563,402
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017)563,402
Births Per Day5
Deaths Per Day2
Net Migrations Per Day -3
Net Change Per Day
Population Change Since January 1st

Suriname Population Indicators

IndicatorValue
Crude Birth Rate 17.467 births/thousand
Crude Death Rate 7.586 deaths/thousand
Crude Net Migration Rate -1.805 people/thousand
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 71.527 years
Male Life Expectancy 68.376 years
Female Life Expectancy 74.872 years
Total Fertility Rate 2.288 children/woman
Net Reproduction Rate 1.063 surviving daughters/woman
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.07 males per female
Infant Mortality Rate 15.35 deaths/1,000 live births
Under Five Mortality 20.564 deaths/thousand
Mean Age at Childbearing 28.642 years
Rate of Natural Increase 9.717
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 6.716%
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 8.46%
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 4.888%
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 18.943%
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 23.924%
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 13.578%
Median Age (Total) 29.5 years
Median Age (Female) 29.9 years
Median Age (Male) 29.1 years

Suriname Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Growth Rate
2017563,40250.18%49.82%30.92%
2015553,20850.22%49.78%31.01%
2010526,10350.29%49.71%31.07%
2005498,94650.37%49.63%31.10%
2000472,39050.45%49.55%31.26%
1995443,72450.73%49.26%31.72%
1990407,47250.79%49.21%21.87%
1985371,47050.85%49.15%20.47%
1980362,77750.51%49.50%20.01%
1975362,65450.14%49.86%2-0.47%
1970371,27349.90%50.09%22.27%
1965331,79349.82%50.18%22.73%
1960289,96650.00%50.00%23.00%
1955250,08850.40%49.60%23.07%
1950215,00249.77%50.23%10.00%

Suriname Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Growth Rate
2020577,75250.13%49.87%40.00%
2025599,09550.02%49.98%40.73%
2030616,72849.88%50.12%40.58%
2035630,38549.74%50.27%40.44%
2040640,01849.60%50.40%40.30%
2045645,90849.48%50.52%40.18%
2050648,39949.38%50.62%40.08%
2055648,32749.33%50.67%4-0.00%
2060646,10149.29%50.71%4-0.07%
2065641,99149.27%50.73%4-0.13%
2070636,13749.26%50.74%4-0.18%
2075628,60749.25%50.75%4-0.24%
2080619,70749.26%50.74%4-0.28%
2085609,65249.29%50.71%4-0.33%
2090598,90349.35%50.65%4-0.36%
2095587,77449.41%50.59%4-0.37%
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects (2017 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.
  2. GeoNames Gazetteer