Suriname Population 2017

552,112

Suriname has an estimated population of 568,000, 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 2017Source: Mark Ahsmann

About Suriname

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

Suriname Population Density

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

Suriname Population Clock

What is the population of Suriname (as of September 13, 2017)?552,112
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017)552112
Births Per Day5
Deaths Per Day2
Net Migrations Per Day -3
Net Change Per Day
Population Change Since January 1st

Suriname Population Indicators

IndicatorValueWorld Ranking
Crude Birth Rate 17.467 births/thousand104
Crude Death Rate 7.586 deaths/thousand97
Crude Net Migration Rate -1.805 people/thousand149
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 71.527 years120
Male Life Expectancy 68.376 years120
Female Life Expectancy 74.872 years121
Total Fertility Rate 2.288 children/woman94
Net Reproduction Rate 1.063 surviving daughters/woman93
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.07 males per female14
Infant Mortality Rate 15.35 deaths/1,000 live births99
Under Five Mortality 20.564 deaths/thousand92
Mean Age at Childbearing 28.642 years126
Rate of Natural Increase 9.717 117
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 6.716 %121
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 8.46 %119
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 4.888 %122
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 18.943 %122
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 23.924 %126
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 13.578 %122
Crude Suicide Rate 28.3 suicides/thousand5
Median Age (Total) 29.5 years114
Median Age (Female) 29.9 years111
Median Age (Male) 29.1 years111

Suriname Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2017552,11250.075%49.925%32200.79%171
2015542,97550.101%49.899%32170.85%171
2010518,14050.152%49.848%32171.02%169
2005491,99950.193%49.807%32170.8%167
2000480,75150.586%49.414%32170.72%167
1995445,83050.676%49.324%22191.74%167
1990408,27650.791%49.209%22191.89%166
1985371,46950.854%49.146%22181.47%164
1980362,77750.505%49.495%22170.15%163
1975362,65150.138%49.862%2216-0.35%161
1970371,26849.905%50.095%22120.36%160
1965331,79949.821%50.179%22122.78%160
1960289,97250.003%49.997%12142.79%161
1955250,09450.402%49.598%12142.91%161
1950214,99949.767%50.233%12133.51%163

Suriname Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2020564,88850.026%49.974%32200.71%171
2025583,81949.914%50.086%32230.58%172
2030599,32149.764%50.236%32230.45%172
2035611,23649.613%50.387%32240.31%171
2040619,27149.469%50.531%32250.18%171
2045623,52949.343%50.657%32250.07%171
2050624,46449.251%50.749%4221-0.02%171
2055622,97649.199%50.801%3225-0.09%171
2060619,63349.175%50.825%3224-0.14%173
2065614,77449.176%50.824%3224-0.19%173
2070608,17249.197%50.803%3224-0.25%174
2075600,16149.24%50.76%3224-0.29%175
2080590,99649.303%50.697%3224-0.33%175
2085580,99449.392%50.608%3224-0.36%175
2090570,35749.492%50.508%3224-0.38%175
2095559,31549.607%50.393%3224-0.4%175
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations