Suriname Population 2023 (Live)

The current population of Suriname is 620,857 based on projections of the latest United Nations data. The UN estimates the July 1, 2023 population at 623,236.

Suriname Growth Rate

Suriname Population 2023 (Live)

Suriname Population Clock

Suriname Population (as of 1/27/2023)620,857
Next UN Estimate (July 1, 2023)623,236
Births per Day30
Deaths per Day12
Migrations per Day-3
Net Change per Day15
Population Change Since Jan. 1390

Components of Population Change

One birth every 48 minutes
One death every 120 minutes
One emigrant every 480 minutes
Net gain of one person every 96 minutes

Suriname Population Clock

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Suriname Population by Year (Historical)

Suriname Population by Year (Projections)

Suriname Population Pyramid 2023

Suriname Median Age







Suriname Population by Age

There are people over age 18 in Suriname.

Census Years

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.

Suriname - General Info