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Suriname


    • Population:
      429,544 (July 1995 est.)

    • Age structure:

        0-14 years:
        34% (female 70,845; male 74,330)

        15-64 years:
        61% (female 130,153; male 133,693)

        65 years and over:
        5% (female 10,897; male 9,626) (July 1995 est.)

    • Population growth rate:
      1.58% (1995 est.)

    • Birth rate:
      24.72 births/1,000 population (1995 est.)

    • Death rate:
      5.91 deaths/1,000 population (1995 est.)

    • Net migration rate:
      -3 migrant(s)/1,000 population (1995 est.)

    • Infant mortality rate:
      30.2 deaths/1,000 live births (1995 est.)

    • Life expectancy at birth:

        total population:
        69.76 years

        male:
        67.24 years

        female:
        72.41 years (1995 est.)

    • Total fertility rate:
      2.73 children born/woman (1995 est.)

    • Nationality:

        noun:
        Surinamer(s)

        adjective:
        Surinamese

    • Ethnic divisions:
      Hindustani (also known locally as "East" Indians; their ancestors emigrated from northern India in the latter part of the 19th century) 37%, Creole (mixed European and African ancestry) 31%, Javanese 15.3%, "Bush Black" (also known as "Bush Creole" whose ancestors were brought to the country in the 17th and 18th centuries as slaves) 10.3%, Amerindian 2.6%, Chinese 1.7%, Europeans 1%, other 1.1%

    • Religions:
      Hindu 27.4%, Muslim 19.6%, Roman Catholic 22.8%, Protestant 25.2% (predominantly Moravian), 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), Hindustani (a dialect of Hindi), Javanese

    • Literacy:
      age 15 and over can read and write (1990 est.)

        total population:
        95%

        male:
        95%

        female:
        95%

    • Labor force:
      NA






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