A language of Suriname

Alternate Names
Sranan Tongo, Surinaams, Suriname Creole English, Surinamese, Taki-Taki

120,000 in Suriname (1993). Population total all countries: 126,400. L2 users: 300,000 in Suriname.


Mainly Paramaribo and along the coast.

Language Status

3 (Wider communication). De facto national working language.Lingua franca of 80% of the country, including the Hindustanis, Javanese, Chinese, American Indians, and Bush Negroes.


None known. Reportedly similar to Ndyuka [njt], but with cultural differences. Reportedly many similarities to Krio [kri] of Sierra Leone.

Language Use

All domains. All ages. Also use Dutch [nld]. Used as L2 by Arawak [arw], Carib [car], Caribbean Hindustani [hns], Dutch [nld], Eastern Maroon Creole [djk], Kwinti [kww], Wayana [way].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 10%. Literacy rate in L2: 50%–75%. Poetry. Dictionary. Bible: 1997–2011.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.