A. THE COUNTRY
The Republic of Suriname, on the northeast coast of South America, in
the only Dutch-speaking region in the world that is not a part of the
Netherlands or Belgium. The government is a Presidential democracy.
Bauxite, oil, timber, marine and agricultural products and growing
eco-tourism are the main sources of revenue. Remittances from emigrant
Surinamers still supplement many incomes. Porous borders allow illegal
gold extractions and drug transshipments to multiply.
B. THE PEOPLE
The population is ~525,000. Suriname is the only state outside Europe
with Dutch as an official language. The combined legacy of years of
colonial occupation, immigration, and slavery has made the country one
of the most multicultural societies in the world.
~46.7% are Asians, ~19% Surinamese Creole, ~16% maroon, ~11.34%
Mixed-race, ~4% Amerindian, ~3% Other.
C. RELIGIONS AND CHRISTIANITY/PENTECOSTALISM
~49.57% claim to be Christian, ~22.8% Hindu, ~16.9% Muslim, ~5.5%
Non-religious, ~4.2% Ethnoreligionist, ~0.7% Baha’i, ~0.18% Chinese,
In the Christian category:
~21.02% are Protestant, ~20.6% Catholic, ~4.08% Unaffiliated, ~2.47%
Independent, ~0.03% Anglican.
Evangelicals represent ~13.8% of the population.
Charismatics represent ~11.5% and of those ~9.7% are Pentecostals.
Recent Pentecostal and charismatic growth has been rapid.
Operation World, Jason Mandryk. Colorado Springs: Biblica Publishing, 2010.