Saturday, May 23, 2009


Hi friends and family, this is my first post about Suriname. I'll be there from May 31st to August 6th. Tyree will be joining me July 28th. I will be taking a class with Tulane and doing an internship. I'm posting several maps because the most frequent reaction I am getting when I say I'm going to Suriname is "Where?".

Please see the next post for a discussion of this map.

From the
CIA Factbook:

Capital City
: Paramaribo

Official Language
: Dutch

also spoken: English, Sranang Tongo, Caribbean Hindustani, Javanese

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%

: Hindu 27.4%, Protestant 25.2% (predominantly Moravian), Roman Catholic 22.8%, Muslim 19.6%, indigenous beliefs 5%

Here's a really interesting article about languages in Suriname:
Babel of Tongues


Anonymous said...

Hi Heather,

Nice blog! I am afraid you are using the wrong map of Suriname. This is what the map should look like: The map you are using is like Guyana thinks it should be.

Best rgds

Heather said...

Thanks for the correction! I made another post about it,

Please tell me more about this border dispute. I'm very interested.