Catholic Church


Republic of Suriname (Suriname)


Also known as: Surinam (español, polski), le Suriname (français), Suriname (Deutsch, Italiano, Português, Nederlands), 蘇里南 (正體中文), スリナム (日本語), Surinamia (latine)

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Roman Rite (1): Paramaribo

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Apostolic Nunciature: Suriname Archbishop Santiago De Wit Guzmán (59)

Conference of Bishops: Antilles Episcopal Conference (A.E.C.) Archbishop Charles Jason Gordon (65)

International Meeting of Bishops’ Conferences: Consejo Episcopal Latinoamericano (C.E.L.A.M.) Archbishop Jaime Spengler, O.F.M. (63)


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Saints: 1 Blessed

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Continent: South America

Capital: Paramaribo

Area: 156,000 km²

Population: 591,919

Former Name: Dutch Guiana

Neighbouring Countries: Guyana Guyana, → French Guiana French Guiana, ↓ Brazil Brazil

Cultural Summary

Religions: Protestant 23.6% (includes Evangelical 11.2%, Moravian 11.2%, Reformed .7%, Lutheran .5%), Hindu 22.3%, Roman Catholic 21.6%, Muslim 13.8%, other Christian 3.2%, Winti 1.8%, Jehovah's Witness 1.2%, other 1.7%, none 7.5%, unspecified 3.2%

Languages: Dutch (official), English (widely spoken), Sranang Tongo (Surinamese, sometimes called Taki-Taki, is the native language of Creoles and much of the younger population and is lingua franca among others), Caribbean Hindustani (a dialect of Hindi), Javanese

Ethnic Groups: Hindustani (also known locally as "East Indians"; their ancestors emigrated from northern India in the latter part of the 19th century) 27.4%, "Maroon" (their African ancestors were brought to the country in the 17th and 18th centuries as slaves and escaped to the interior) 21.7%, Creole (mixed white and black) 15.7%, Javanese 13.7%, mixed 13.4%, other 7.6%, unspecified 0.6%

Motto: Justitia, pietas, fides (Latin) (Justice, piety, loyalty)

Statistics (2021.12.31)

Area: 163,820 km²

Catholic Population: 164,000 Catholics (24.3% of 675,000 total)

Pastoral Centres: 48 parishes, 87 mission stations (without resident priest), 1 other centre

Clergy: 2 bishops (1 diocesan, 1 titular), 23 priests (8 diocesan, 15 religious), 7 permanent deacons (diocesan)

Non-Clergy: 10 religious (1 brother, 9 sisters), 1 major seminarian, 100 catechists


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