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Suriname Social Condition Facts

Social conditions

At independence, Surinam had a fairly advanced public welfare system of Dutch average. It suffered cuts during the financial crisis of the 1990s, but still holds a much higher standard than that in neighboring Guyana.

Residents of the rainforest naturally have less access to social services than coastal residents.

Same-sex relationships are allowed and in 2015 laws were passed to protect LGBTQ persons. Despite this, harassment and abuse occur, even from the police.

  • Countryaah Official Site: Official statistics for population in Suriname, including population growth, density, and estimation in next 50 years.

Gender discrimination is prohibited by law, but in reality women have less access to education and work than men.

Surinam is one of a handful of countries in the world where abortion is totally prohibited, even if the mother's life or health is at stake.

Social Conditions of SurinameFACTS - SOCIAL CONDITIONS

Infant Mortality

17 per 1000 births (2018)

Percentage of HIV infected

1.4 percent (2018)

Proportion of HIV infected among young women

0.3 percent (2018)

Proportion of HIV infected among young men

0.3 percent (2018)

Proportion of population with access to clean water

94.7 percent (2015)

Proportion of the population having access to toilets

84.5 percent (2017)

Public expenditure on health care as a percentage of GDP

6.5 percent (2015)

Public expenditure on health care per person

US $ 356 (2016)

Proportion of women in parliament

26 percent (2018)


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