120,000 in Suriname (1993). L2 users: 300,000 in Suriname. Total users in all countries: 426,400 (as L1: 126,400; as L2: 300,000).
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.
Latin script [Latn].
Christian, traditional religion.