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With a population of just over 504,000, Suriname is the smallest independent country in South America. It is a hugely diverse country with a population containing 16 distinct ethno-linguistic groups. The country experiences population fluctuations due to high rates of migration in the region and in particular with neighbouring countries Guyana, French Guyana, and Brazil. While 70% of the population resides in urban areas, 20% live in rural areas and the other 10% reside in tribal settlements in the country’s interior. Suriname’s population is young; approximately 20% of people are younger than 8 years of age, and 31% of the population is in the 10-24 year age group. An estimated 60% of Suriname’s population lives below the poverty line.
|Quick Statistics: Suriname|
|% of population living below the poverty line
|Estimated HIV prevalence rate (2008)
|Estimated fertility rate children per woman (2002)