Freedom of religion is guaranteed by the constitution and is generally respected by the authorities. Nearly half the population is considered Christian and Hindus make up the second largest group.
Among Christians, Catholics are the largest individual group, but various Protestant communities gather a total of more.
More than 22 percent of Surinamese identified themselves as Hindus in a 2012 census, also divided into a few different directions. This also applies to the almost 14 percent who identified themselves as Muslims, most of them Javanese.
In Surinam there are also smaller groups with other religious or mixed religions, which then maroons (see Population and language) with the ritual winti worship their ancestors.
Every tenth person replied in the 2012 census that they have no religion or refrained from answering at all.
- Countryaah: Population statistics for 2020 and next 30 years in Suriname, covering demographics, population graphs, and official data for growth rates, population density, and death rates.