Country: Suriname

Number of People Groups

24

People Groups Unreached

2 (8.3%)

Progress Level

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Total
Population

552,000

Population in Unreached

14,000 (2.5%)

Largest Religion

% Christian Adherent

47.0%

% Evangelical

17.62%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

6.3%
Map Notes
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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Primary Religion Progress
Scale
% Christian
Adherent
% Evangelical Est. Workers
Needed *
 Afro-Guyanese 34,000 420,000 Guyanese Creole English Christianity 86.00 % 20.00 % -
Akuliyo, Wama Unknown Unknown Trio Ethnic Religions 18.00 % 2.00 % -
 Arab, Syrian 2,900 16,089,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 6.00 % 0.10 % -
Arawak, Lokono 2,200 24,000 Arawak Christianity 92.00 % 4.00 % -
 Aukan, Ndjuka 33,000 57,000 Aukan Christianity 80.00 % 12.00 % -
Carib, Galibi 3,200 28,000 Carib Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 12.00 % -
Deaf 2,900 47,601,000 Language unknown Christianity 49.57 % -
 Han Chinese, Cantonese 6,800 79,702,000 Chinese, Yue Non-Religious 8.00 % 5.00 % -
 Han Chinese, Hakka 9,300 44,433,000 Chinese, Hakka Non-Religious 8.00 % 7.50 % -
 Hmong Njua 2,200 761,000 Hmong Njua Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 1.00 % -
 Indonesian 17,000 9,987,000 Indonesian Islam 16.00 % 5.60 % -
 Javanese, Caribbean 85,000 97,000 Javanese, Suriname Islam 35.00 % 7.75 % -
 Jew, Dutch 200 33,000 Dutch Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Kwinti 200 200 Kwinti Christianity 70.00 % 2.00 % -
Latin American, general 2,800 877,000 Spanish Christianity 90.00 % 14.00 % -
 Saramaccan 14,000 17,000 Saramaccan Ethnic Religions 4.00 % 0.80 % 1
Saramaccan, Matawari 1,300 1,300 Saramaccan Ethnic Religions 8.00 % 0.50 % -
 Sarnami Hindi, Carribean Hindi 167,000 1,164,000 Hindustani, Sarnami Christianity 48.00 % 24.02 % -
Sikiana Unknown Unknown Sikiana Christianity 60.00 % 2.00 % -
 Surinamese Creole, Sranan 164,000 197,000 Sranan Tongo Christianity 48.00 % 23.25 % -
Surinamese, Dutch-speaking 1,500 1,500 Dutch Non-Religious 47.00 % 4.30 % -
 Tiriyo 2,200 3,000 Trio Ethnic Religions 30.00 % 1.00 % -
 Warao 600 49,000 Warao Christianity 55.00 % 3.00 % -
Wayana 400 1,900 Wayana Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 0.50 % -
  Totals:  24 552,000         2 46.98 % 17.62 %
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 35,000                
  UN Country Population (2020) 587,000                
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Provinces Estimated
Population
Brokopondo 17,000
Commewijne 33,000
Coronie 3,600
Marowijne 19,000
Nickerie 36,000
Para 27,000
Paramaribo 257,000
Saramacca 18,000
Sipaliwini 39,000
Wanica 126,000
Provinces:  10 576,000
UN Country Population 587,000

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Class Population % Popl % Hindu % Muslim % Christian % Buddhist % Sikh % Other
 
Forward Caste (FC) 287,022,000 51,996.7 % 97.3 % 0.0 % 1.1 % 0.1 % 0.0 % 1.4 %
 
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 765,853,000 138,741.5 % 70.6 % 24.5 % 1.7 % 0.1 % 2.3 % 0.8 %
 
Scheduled Caste (SC) 206,239,000 37,362.1 % 93.4 % 0.0 % 0.5 % 3.4 % 2.6 % 0.0 %
 
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 114,756,000 20,789.1 % 81.8 % 1.5 % 9.2 % 0.7 % 0.0 % 6.7 %
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Language Code # Peoples
Primary
Language
# Unreached
Primary
Language
Scripture
Status
NT Text
Online
NT Audio
Online
Jesus Film
Online
Audio
Recordings
Online
Gospel
Tract
Online
Arabic, North Levantine Spoken apc 1 0 Bible Portions
Arawak arw 1 0 Bible Portions
Aukan djk 1 0 New Testament
Carib car 1 0 New Testament
Chinese, Hakka hak 1 0 Complete Bible
Chinese, Yue yue 1 0 Complete Bible
Dutch nld 2 1 Complete Bible
Guyanese Creole English gyn 1 0 Bible Portions
Hindustani, Sarnami hns 1 0 New Testament
Hmong Njua hnj 1 0 Complete Bible
Indonesian ind 1 0 Complete Bible
Javanese, Suriname jvn 1 0 Complete Bible
Kwinti kww 1 0 Unspecified
Saramaccan srm 2 1 New Testament
Sikiana sik 1 0 Unspecified
Spanish spa 1 0 Complete Bible
Sranan Tongo srn 1 0 Complete Bible
Trio tri 2 0 New Testament
Unknown xxx 1 0 Unspecified
Warao wba 1 0 New Testament
Wayana way 1 0 New Testament
Totals: 21 24 2   12 15 13 15 4

MAJOR RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.3 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 17.6 %)
47.0 %
Ethnic Religions
7.5 %
Hinduism
20.3 %
Islam
18.4 %
Non-Religious
5.5 %
Other / Small Religions
1.1 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
6.4 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
9.4 %
Protestant
45.3 %
Roman Catholic
38.3 %
Notes:

Major Religions: Religion percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all people groups who live in each country. The number of individuals who practice each religion, by people group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total population to derive the religion's percentage.

Christianity Segments: Christian segment percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all the people groups who live in each country. The number of individuals who practice each segment of Christianity, by people group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total number of Christians to derive the Christian segment's percentage.

Networking Possibilities

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  • Church planting agencies in Suriname
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Suriname Statistics
People Groups 24
Unreached People Groups 2  (8.3%)
Population 552,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 0.7%
Population in Unreached 14,000  (2.5%)
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Christian Adherent 47.0%
Percent Evangelical 17.6%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 6.3%
Pioneer Workers Needed * 2
Country Progress Level 5
Urbanization 66%
Continent South America
Region America, Latin
10/40 Window No
Country Code NS
Official Language(s) Dutch
Literacy Rate 96%
Estimated Illiterate Population 22,000
Persecution Ranking Not ranked
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