Suriname Population clock (live)

22-06-2018 21:31:10
558,399
Current population
279,939
Current male population (50.1%)
278,460
Current female population (49.9%)
4,897
Births this year
27
Births today
1,933
Deaths this year
10
Deaths today
-498
Net migration this year
-3
Net migration today
2,465
Population growth this year
13
Population growth today

Source : United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs: Population Division external link .

Quick facts about the population of Suriname


Current population (as of Friday, June 22 2018)
558,386
Total area
163,820 km2 (63,251 mi2)
Population density
3.4 per km2 (8.8 people/mi2)
Sex ratio
1.01 (279,939 men to 278,460 women)
Median age
28.4 years
Life expectancy
74.2 years (71.5 - men, 77.2 - women)
Literacy
95.6 %

(Population figures are estimates by Countrymeters (countrymeters.info) based on the latest United Nations data)

Suriname population 2018

During 2018 Suriname population is projected to increased by 5,204 people and reach 561,138 in the beginning of 2019. The natural increase is expected to be positive, as the number of births will exceed the number of deaths by 6,254. If external migration will remain on the previous year level, the population will be declined by 1,051 due to the migration reasons. It means that the number of people who leave Suriname to settle permanently in another country (emigrants) will prevail over the number of people who move into the country (to which they are not native) in order to settle there as permanent residents (immigrants).

Population change rates in 2018

According to our estimations, daily change rates of Suriname population in 2018 will be the following:

The population of Suriname will be increased by 14 persons daily in 2018.

Demographics of Suriname 2017

As of 1 January 2018, the population of Suriname was estimated to be 555,934 people. This is an increase of 0.94 % (5,155 people) compared to population of 550,779 the year before. In 2017 the natural increase was positive, as the number of births exceeded the number of deaths by 6,196. Due to external migration, the population declined by 1,041. The sex ratio of the total population was 1.010 (1,010 males per 1 000 females) which is lower than global sex ratio. The global sex ratio in the world was approximately 1 016 males to 1 000 females as of 2017.

Below are the key figures for Suriname population in 2017:

Growth Rate 1952 - 2018

Suriname population density

Suriname population density is 3.4 people per square kilometer (8.8/mi2) as of June 2018. Density of population is calculated as permanently settled population of Suriname divided by total area of the country. Total area is the sum of land and water areas within international boundaries and coastlines of Suriname. The total area of Suriname is 163,820 km2 (63,251 mi2) according to the United Nations Statistics Division .

Religion in Suriname

ReligionNumber of followersPercentage of total population
Christianity288,12751.6
Hinduism110,56019.8
Islam84,87515.2
Religiously Unaffiliated30,1535.4
Other10,6091.9
Buddhism3,3500.6
Judaism1,1170.2

Source: Pew Research Center. The Global Religious Landscape: A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World’s Major Religious Groups as of 2010 external link.

Number of followers estimated by Countrymeters external link (Friday, June 22 2018).

Suriname age structure

As of the beginning of 2018 according to our estimates Suriname had the following population age distribution:

26.4 67.3 6.3

- percentage of population under 15
- percentage of population between 15 and 64 years old
- percentage of population 65+

In absolute figures (estimate):

We prepared a simplified model of the population distribution pyramid which is broken down into 3 main age groups. The groups are the same as we used above: population under 15, between 15 and 64 and population which is over 65 year old.

65+
15-64
0-14
male female

Note: The pyramid provided is not corresponding to data given above because the age groups have different number of years.

As we can see the Suriname population pyramid has an expanding type. This type of pyramid is common for developing countries with high birth and death rates. Relatively short life expectancy, as well as low level of education and poor health care are also describe such kind of population age distribution model.

Source: The estimation data for section "Suriname age structure" is based on the latest demographic and social statistics by United Nations Statistics Division external link.

Age dependency ratio

Dependency ratio of population is a ratio of people who are generally not in the labor force (the dependents) to workforce of a country (the productive part of population). The dependent part includes the population under 15 years old and people aged 65 and over. The productive part of population accordingly consists of population between 15 and 64 years.

This ratio shows the pressure on productive population produced by the dependent part of population.

The total dependency ratio of population in Suriname is 48.7 %.

The value of 48.7 % is relatively low. It shows that the dependent part of population is less than a half of the working part. In other words the working population (labor force) in Suriname must provide goods for itself and cover expenditure on children and aged persons. And this part of population is less than 50% of working population. The value of less than 50% means that the pressure on productive population in Suriname is relatively low.

Child dependency ratio

Child dependency ratio is a ratio of people below working age (under 15) to workforce of a country.

Child dependency ratio in Suriname is 39.3 %.

Aged dependency ratio

Aged dependency ratio is a ratio of people above working age (65+) to workforce of a country.

Aged dependency ratio in Suriname is 9.4 %.

Source: The estimation data for section "Suriname age dependency ratio" is based on the latest demographic and social statistics by United Nations Statistics Division external link.

Life expectancy

Life expectancy at birth is one of the most important demographic indicator. It shows the number of years a newborn infant would live assuming that birth and death rates will remain at the same level during the whole lifetime.

Total life expectancy (both sexes) at birth for Suriname is 74.2 years.
This is above the average life expectancy at birth of the global population which is about 71 years (according to Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations).

Male life expectancy at birth is 71.5 years.
Female life expectancy at birth is 77.2 years.

Literacy of population

According to our estimates 391,000 persons or 95.57% of adult population (aged 15 years and above) in Suriname are able to read and write. Accordingly about 18,139 adults are illiterate.

Literacy rate for adult male population is 96.14% (193,411 persons). 7,765 are illiterate.
Literacy rate for adult female population is 95.01% (197,590 persons). 10,373 are illiterate.

Youth literacy rates are 98.41% and 99.66% for males and females accordingly. The overall youth literacy rate is 99.03%. Youth literacy rate definition covers the population between the ages of 15 to 24 years.

Source: The estimation data for section "Suriname population literacy" is based on the latest data published by UNESCO Institute for Statistics (retrieved March 13, 2016) external link.

Suriname historical population (1951 - 2018)

The data is given as of 1st of January of an year.

Suriname population history

YearPopulationGrowth Rate
1951218,839N/A %
1952226,1663.35 %
1953233,0013.02 %
1954239,7182.88 %
1955246,5912.87 %
1956253,7902.92 %
1957261,3792.99 %
1958269,3283.04 %
1959277,5263.04 %
1960285,8212.99 %
1961294,0812.89 %
1962302,2602.78 %
1963310,4302.70 %
1964318,7632.68 %
1965327,3972.71 %
1966336,4682.77 %
1967345,9462.82 %
1968355,2452.69 %
1969363,2902.26 %
1970369,0571.59 %
1971371,9440.78 %
1972371,9690.01 %
1973369,830-0.58 %
1974366,723-0.84 %
1975363,878-0.78 %
1976362,010-0.51 %
1977361,211-0.22 %
1978361,2580.01 %
1979361,8000.15 %
1980362,4570.18 %
1981363,0430.16 %
1982363,6510.17 %
1983364,6180.27 %
1984366,4270.50 %
1985369,5400.85 %
1986374,2211.27 %
1987380,4451.66 %
1988387,8841.96 %
1989395,9922.09 %
1990404,2052.07 %
1991412,1721.97 %
1992419,8201.86 %
1993427,2371.77 %
1994434,5911.72 %
1995442,0551.72 %
1996449,7421.74 %
1997457,6111.75 %
1998465,3391.69 %
1999472,3731.51 %
2000478,1941.23 %
2001482,4810.90 %
2002485,2410.57 %
2003486,9560.35 %
2004488,4770.31 %
2005490,6560.45 %
2006493,9760.68 %
2007498,4530.91 %
2008503,8051.07 %
2009509,5901.15 %
2010515,3321.13 %
2011520,7901.06 %
2012525,9871.00 %
2013530,9930.95 %
2014535,8490.91 %
2015540,6120.89 %
2016545,6720.94 %
2017550,7790.94 %
2018555,9340.94 %

The data is given as of 1st of January of an year.