Suriname Population 2020

585,386

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 2020 population of 586,632, ranking it 171st in the world.

Suriname has an estimated population of 586,632, 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.

Components of Population Change

One birth every 50 minutes
One death every 120 minutes
One net migrant every 480 minutes
Net gain of one person every 103 minutes

Suriname Population in 2018Source: By Ian Mackenzie (originally posted to Flickr as Nickerie) [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Suriname Population Pyramid 2020

Suriname Population by Age

There are 394,401 adults in Suriname.

Census Years

Year Date
20222022
201213 August 2012
20042 August 2004
200331 March 2003
Official NameRepublic of Suriname
Languages SpokenDutch
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude4.00, -56.00
Currencies UsedSuriname Dollar
DemonymSurinamer
BordersBrazil
French Guiana
Guyana
Name Population Location
Paramaribo223,757Map
Lelydorp18,223Map
Brokopondo14,662Map
Nieuw Nickerie13,143Map
Moengo7,074Map
Nieuw Amsterdam4,935Map
Albina3,985Map
Groningen3,216Map
Onverwacht2,105Map
Totness1,685Map

Suriname Population Clock

The population of Suriname (as of 4/2/2020)?585,386
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2020)586,632
Births Per Day29
Deaths Per Day12
Net Migrations Per Day-3
Net Change Per Day14
Population Change Since January 1st1,302

Suriname Population Estimator

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Estimate as of April 2nd 2020 is: 585,349

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
2020586,63250.26%49.74%3.581710.90%
2019581,37250.27%49.73%3.551710.93%
2018575,99050.28%49.72%3.521700.96%
2017570,49650.29%49.71%3.481700.99%
2016564,88850.30%49.70%3.451701.03%
2015559,14350.31%49.69%3.411701.11%
2010529,13150.37%49.63%3.231681.16%
2005499,46450.44%49.56%3.051671.18%
2000470,94950.51%49.49%2.871671.28%
1995441,85150.79%49.21%2.701671.75%
1990405,16850.83%49.17%2.471671.91%
1985368,63850.88%49.12%2.251650.50%
1980359,51950.51%49.49%2.191640.02%
1975359,22650.13%49.87%2.19161-0.48%
1970367,93149.89%50.11%2.251602.27%
1965328,93649.81%50.19%2.011612.70%
1960287,87149.99%50.01%1.761612.94%
1955249,00050.40%49.60%1.521612.98%
1950215,00249.77%50.23%1.311630.00%
Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
2020586,63250.26%49.74%3.581710.00%
2025611,19150.16%49.84%3.731710.82%
2030632,40150.04%49.96%3.861700.68%
2035649,99649.91%50.09%3.971700.55%
2040663,76749.79%50.21%4.051700.42%
2045673,76449.67%50.33%4.111700.30%
2050680,24149.58%50.42%4.151700.19%
2055683,71249.52%50.48%4.171710.10%
2060684,42549.48%50.52%4.181710.02%
2065682,81949.45%50.55%4.17172-0.05%
2070678,83349.43%50.57%4.14173-0.12%
2075672,57049.42%50.58%4.11172-0.19%
2080664,04049.41%50.59%4.05173-0.25%
2085653,53849.42%50.58%3.99172-0.32%
2090641,36049.45%50.55%3.92173-0.38%
2095627,81849.49%50.51%3.83173-0.43%
  1. Foundation General Bureau of Statistical in Suriname
  2. World Population Prospects (2019 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.

    Total population: Estimated to be consistent with the 1950, 1964, 1971, 1980, 2004 and 2012 censuses, 2013 and 2014 official estimates, and with estimates of the subsequent trends in fertility, mortality and international migration.

  3. GeoNames Gazetteer