Suriname Population 2020 (Live)

587,262
The current population of Suriname is 587,262, based on projections of the latest United Nations data. The UN estimates the July 1, 2020 population at 586,632.

Suriname Growth Rate

Suriname Population 2020 (Live)

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 Density Map

Year Population Growth Rate Density (km²) Population Rank Density Rank
2020586,6320.91%3.76171224
2019581,3720.93%3.73171224
2018575,9900.96%3.69170224
2017570,4960.99%3.66170224
2016564,8881.03%3.62170224
2015559,1431.11%3.58170224
2010529,1311.16%3.39168223
2005499,4641.18%3.20167222
2000470,9491.28%3.02167222
1995441,8511.75%2.83167221
1990405,1681.91%2.60167221
1985368,6380.50%2.36165222
1980359,5190.02%2.30164221
1975359,226-0.48%2.30161221
1970367,9312.27%2.36160218
1965328,9362.70%2.11161218
1960287,8712.94%1.85161219
1955249,0002.98%1.60161220
1950215,0020.00%1.38163221

Suriname Population by Year (Historical)

Year Population Growth Rate Density (km²) Population Rank Density Rank
2020586,6320.91%3.76171224
2025611,1910.82%3.92171225
2030632,4010.69%4.05170225
2035649,9960.55%4.17170225
2040663,7670.42%4.25170224
2045673,7640.30%4.32170225
2050680,2410.19%4.36170225
2055683,7120.10%4.38171226
2060684,4250.02%4.39171226
2065682,819-0.05%4.38172226
2070678,833-0.12%4.35173227
2075672,570-0.18%4.31172227
2080664,040-0.26%4.26173227
2085653,538-0.32%4.19172227
2090641,360-0.38%4.11173227
2095627,818-0.43%4.02173227

Suriname Population by Year (Projections)

Suriname Population Pyramid 2020

Suriname Median Age

29.8


Total

29.4


Male

30.2


Female

Suriname Population by Age

There are 394,401 adults in Suriname.

Suriname Population Pyramid

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.

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