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%
Religions: 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