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Population in Suriname
 
 
 

General

The population of Suriname in 2005 was estimated by the United Nations at 447,000, which placed it at number 164 in population among the 193 nations of the world. In 2005, approximately 6% of the population was over 65 years of age, with another 29% of the population under 15 years of age. There were 100 males for every 100 females in the country. According to the UN, the annual population rate of change for 2005-10 was expected to be 1.4%, a rate the government viewed as satisfactory. The government incorporates population planning into its comprehensive development policies. The projected population for the year 2025 was 480,000. The population density was 3 per km² (7 per mi²).

The UN estimated that 74% of the population lived in urban areas in 2005, and that urban areas were growing at an annual rate of 1.32%. The capital city, Paramaribo, had a population of 253,000 in that year.

Overview

Population : 566,846 (July 2013 est.)
Age structure : 0-14 years: 26.8% (male 77,404/female 74,477)

15-24 years: 17.5% (male 50,745/female 48,718)

25-54 years: 43.8% (male 126,399/female 121,930)

55-64 years: 6.2% (male 17,123/female 18,246)

65 years and over: 5.6% (male 13,770/female 18,034) (2013 est.)
Dependency ratios : total dependency ratio: 51.6 %

youth dependency ratio: 41.5 %

elderly dependency ratio: 10.1 %

potential support ratio: 9.9 (2013)
Median age : total: 28.2 years

male: 27.8 years

female: 28.5 years (2013 est.)
Population growth rate : 1.15% (2013 est.)
Birth rate : 17.1 births/1,000 population (2013 est.)
Death rate : 6.15 deaths/1,000 population (2013 est.)
Net migration rate : 0.57 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2013 est.)
Urbanisation : urban population: 69% of total population (2010)

rate of urbanisation: 1.5% annual rate of change (2010-15 est.)
Major cities - population : Paramaribo (capital) 259,000 (2009)
Sex ratio : at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female

0-14 years: 1.04 male(s)/female

15-24 years: 1.04 male(s)/female

25-54 years: 1.04 male(s)/female

55-64 years: 0.93 male(s)/female

65 years and over: 0.77 male(s)/female

total population: 1.01 male(s)/female (2013 est.)
Maternal mortality rate : 130 deaths/100,000 live births (2010)
Infant mortality rate : total: 27.99 deaths/1,000 live births

male: 32.54 deaths/1,000 live births

female: 23.21 deaths/1,000 live births (2013 est.)
Life expectancy at birth : total population: 71.41 years

male: 69.05 years

female: 73.88 years (2013 est.)
Total fertility rate : 2.04 children born/woman (2013 est.)
Contraceptive prevalence rate : 45.6% (2006)
HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate : 1% (2009 est.)
HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS : 3,700 (2009 est.)
HIV/AIDS - deaths : fewer than 200 (2009 est.)
Health expenditures : 7% of GDP (2010)
Physicians density : 0.45 physicians/1,000 population (2000)
Hospital bed density : 2.6 beds/1,000 population (2009)
Drinking water source : improved:

urban: 97% of population

rural: 81% of population

total: 92% of population

unimproved:

urban: 3% of population

rural: 19% of population

total: 8% of population (2010 est.)
Sanitation facility access : improved:

urban: 90% of population

rural: 66% of population

total: 83% of population

unimproved:

urban: 10% of population

rural: 34% of population

total: 17% of population (2010 est.)
Major infectious diseases : degree of risk: very high

food or water-borne diseases: bacterial and protozoal diarrhoea, hepatitis A, and typhoid fever

vector-borne disease: dengue fever and malaria (2013)
Obesity - adult prevalence rate : 25.1% (2008)
Children under the age of 5 years underweight : 7.5% (2006)
Nationality : noun: Surinamer(s)

adjective: Surinamese
Ethnic groups : Hindustani (also known locally as "East Indians"; their ancestors emigrated from northern India in the latter part of the 19th century) 37%, Creole (mixed white and black) 31%, Javanese 15%, "Maroons" (their African ancestors were brought to the country in the 17th and 18th centuries as slaves and escaped to the interior) 10%, Amerindian 2%, Chinese 2%, white 1%, other 2%
Religions : Hindu 27.4%, Protestant 25.2% (predominantly Moravian), Roman Catholic 22.8%, Muslim 19.6%, indigenous beliefs 5%
Languages : Dutch (official), English (widely spoken), Sranang Tongo (Surinamese, sometimes called Taki-Taki, is native language of Creoles and much of the younger population and is lingua franca among others), Caribbean Hindustani (a dialect of Hindi), Javanese
Literacy : definition: age 15 and over can read and write

total population: 94.7%

male: 95.4%

female: 94% (2010 est.)
School life expectancy (primary to tertiary education) : total: 12 years (2002)
Education expenditures : NA
Child labour - children ages 5-14 : total number: 6,094

percentage: 6 % (2006 est.)
Unemployment, youth ages 15-24 : total: 21.5% (2004)

 

 

 
 

 



 


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