Suriname Population and religion percentage

Suriname, officially known as the Republic of Suriname, is a country on the northeastern Atlantic coast of South America. It’s the smallest sovereign state in South America. The total Land Area of Suriname is 156,000 sq. km (60,000 sq. mi) & the Population Density of Suriname is 4 per sq. km (10 people per sq. mi). As per the UN World Population Prospects report,  the population of  Suriname in 2024 is 628,786 (6.28 Lakh)

 Suriname Demography
Total Population628,786 
Global Rank171
Land Area 156,000 sq. km (60,000 sq. mi)
Area Rank90
Pop. Density4 people/sq. km
Capital CityParamaribo

Source: UN World Population Prospects report

Religion in Suriname

Suriname is a religiously diverse country with half of the population following Christianity. As per the census studied 52.3% of Surinamese were Christians; 26.7% were Protestants and 21.6% were Catholics.

Hinduism is the second largest religion in surname with 18.8% of people following it. Muslims constitute 14.3% of the population and Folk religions are practiced by 5.6% of the population. About 6.2% of the population declared they had “no religion”, while a further 1.9% adhere to “other religions”.

Religion percentage in Suriname

  • Christianity – 52.3%
     Protestants (26.7%) 
     Catholics (21.6%)
  • Hinduism  – 18.8%
  • Islam – 14.3%
  • Folk religions – 5.6%
  • Other – 1.9%
  • Unaffiliated – 6.2%

Source: Census 2020

Suriname Ethinic Population

The largest ethnic group in Suriname comprises Indians, accounting for 27.4% of the population, most of whom are descendants of 19th-century indentured workers from India. Afro-Surinamese are the next largest group, constituting 37.4% of the population. This group includes Creoles (mixed African slaves and Europeans) and Maroons (descendants of runaway slaves). Surinamese Maroons, comprise 21.7% of the population. Creoles make up 15.7% of the population. Javanese, descendants of workers from Java, form 14% of the population. Additionally, 13.4% of the population identifies as mixed ethnicity, and Chinese, Lebanese, Jews and various indigenous groups make up the rest of the population, with indigenous peoples accounting for 3.7%.

Ethnic groupsPercentage
Indian27.40%
Maroon21.70%
Creole15.70%
Javanese14.00%
Mixed13.40%
Chinese7.30%
Amerindian3.80%
White1.00%
Other2.30%

Source: Census estimates

Top Cities in Suriname by Population
  1. Paramaribo – 223,757
  2. Lelydorp – 18,223
  3. Nieuw Nickerie – 13,143
Population of Suriname 2024 | Religion in Suriname