Suriname is about the size of the state of Georgia, with a population of a little over 500,000
The majority of the population lives along the northern coast, while most of the maroons still live further inland.
The population is mixed. The main groups are blacks, Indians(from India), Javanese. There is also a sizable Chinese population. Most of the population besides the blacks came right after the emancipation of slavery in the late 1800’s and the early 20th century.
In Suriname there are cultural influences from all those countries, the food, the religions, the music and the language.
You will find for example, Hinduism, Islam, Other Eastern Religions, and the various languages. They are all proud to call themselves Surinamese. This pride is a common recurring theme in our music, art and literature.
In the Netherlands there is also a large population of Surinamese since the mid 1970’s. It is estimated that the number of Surinamese in Holland is about the same as in Surinam.