Country: Suriname

Number of People Groups

24

People Groups Unreached

2 (8.3%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

528,000

Population in Unreached

13,000 (2.5%)

Largest Religion

% Professing Christian

49.7%

% Evangelical

12.79%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

6.3%
(Global Rate = 2.6%)
Map Notes
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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Progress
Scale
Primary Religion % Christian
Adherent
%
Evangelical
 Afro-Guyanese 72,000 453,000 Guyanese Creole English Christianity 86.00 % 20.00 %
Akuliyo, Wama Unknown Unknown Akurio Ethnic Religions 18.00 % 2.00 %
 Arab, Syrian 2,700 15,831,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 6.00 % 0.10 %
Arawak, Lokono 3,100 24,000 Arawak Christianity 92.00 % 4.00 %
 Aukan, Ndjuka 32,000 55,000 Aukan Christianity 80.00 % 12.00 %
Carib, Galibi 3,000 30,000 Carib Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 12.00 %
Deaf Unknown Unknown Language unknown Christianity 48.00 % 13.80 %
 Han Chinese, Cantonese 6,400 77,696,000 Chinese, Yue Non-Religious 8.00 % 5.00 %
 Han Chinese, Hakka 8,800 42,846,000 Chinese, Hakka Non-Religious 8.00 % 7.50 %
 Hmong Njua 2,100 750,000 Hmong Njua Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 1.00 %
 Indonesian 16,000 6,676,000 Indonesian Islam 16.00 % 5.60 %
 Javanese, Caribbean 87,000 99,000 Javanese, Suriname Islam 35.00 % 5.00 %
 Jew, Dutch 200 33,000 Dutch Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
Kwinti 200 200 Kwinti Christianity 70.00 % 2.00 %
Latin American, general 2,600 849,000 Spanish Christianity 90.00 % 14.00 %
 Saramaccan 13,000 19,000 Saramaccan Ethnic Religions 4.00 % 0.80 %
Saramaccan, Matawari 1,300 1,300 Saramaccan Ethnic Religions 8.00 % 0.50 %
 Sarnami Hindi, Carribean Hindi 138,000 1,122,000 Hindustani, Sarnami Christianity 48.00 % 15.50 %
Sikiana Unknown Unknown Sikiana Christianity 60.00 % 2.00 %
 Surinamese Creole, Sranan 135,000 167,000 Sranan Christianity 48.00 % 15.00 %
Surinamese, Dutch-Speaking 1,500 1,500 Dutch Non-Religious 47.00 % 4.30 %
 Tiriyo 2,100 2,900 Trio Ethnic Religions 30.00 % 1.00 %
 Warao 500 56,000 Warao Christianity 55.00 % 3.00 %
Wayana 400 1,900 Wayana Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 0.50 %
  Totals:  24 528,000       2   49.65 % 12.79 %
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 24,000              
  UN Country Population (2017) 552,000              
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State Population People Groups Unreached
Groups
% Unreached
Peoples
Population
in Unreached
% Population
Unreached
Districts
Country:   528,000 24 2 8.3 % 13,000 2.5 % 0
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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
Akurio ako 1 0
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
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 New Testament
Kwinti kww 1 0
Saramaccan srm 2 1 New Testament
Sikiana sik 1 0
Spanish spa 1 0 Complete Bible
Sranan srn 1 0 Complete Bible
Trio tri 1 0 New Testament
Unknown xxx 1 0
Warao wba 1 0 New Testament
Wayana way 1 0 New Testament
Totals: 22 24 2   12 15 13 15 4

RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.3 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 12.8 %)
49.7 %
Ethnic Religions
7.9 %
Hinduism
17.8 %
Islam
17.6 %
Non-Religious
5.7 %
Other / Small Religions
1.0 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
7.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
7.7 %
Protestant
40.3 %
Roman Catholic
45.1 %
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

Search the Web
There are many agencies and churches looking for additional staff to help them in their mission and calling in Suriname. Internet searches are probably the best way to find these organizations. The following are some example search topics you might try:

  • Church planting agencies in Suriname
  • Christian ministry in Suriname
  • Business as mission
  • Christian literature distribution
  • Evangelism agencies
  • Christian discipleship
  • Short term Christian missions
  • Long term Christian missions
  • Urban ministries
  • Christian media opportunities
  • Bible translation opportunities
  • Relief and development agencies
  • Clean water projects
  • Christian medical outreaches

Ministry Listing
Below is a partial list of ministries that may work in Suriname or Central and South America. The lists below do not include all ministries at work in this country or region. This data is from circa 2006-2008 and is not being maintained by Joshua Project. There are likely many excellent ministries not listed here. Inclusion here is not an endorsement by Joshua Project.

Suriname Statistics
People Groups 24
Unreached People Groups 2  (8.3%)
Population 528,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 0.7%
Population in Unreached 13,000  (2.5%)
Pioneer Workers Needed * 2 to 4
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Christian Adherent 49.7%
Percent Evangelical 12.8%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 6.3%
Country Progress Level 5
Urbanization 66%
Continent South America
Region Central and South America
10/40 Window No
Country Code NS
National Bible Society Website
Official National Language(s) Dutch
Literacy Rate 95%
Estimated Illiterate Population 26,000
Persecution Ranking Not ranked
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