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Surinamese people in the Netherlands


Surinamese people in the Netherlands

Surinamese Dutch
Total population
350,000 (2013)
Dutch, Sranan Tongo, Hindustani, Javanese, English, Portuguese
Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Winti

Surinamese people in the Netherlands are people in the Netherlands who come from a Surinamese background. Until 1975, Suriname belonged to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Many links still exist between the countries.

Approximately 350,000 individuals of Surinamese descent live in the Netherlands, having variably arrived following Suriname's independence in 1975, after the military coup of 1980, or after the December murders of 1982. Surinamese continued to migrate to the Netherlands throughout the 1990s because of the then poor economic situation in Suriname. Most Surinamese people in the Netherlands have a Dutch passport and the majority of whom have been successfully integrated into Dutch society.

During the colonial era there was frequent migration between the Netherlands and Dutch Guiana. Initially this was mainly the colonial elite but expanded during the 1920s and 1930s to the less fortunate inhabitants looking for better education, employment, or other opportunity.[1]

Six percent of Dutch people of Chinese descent can trace their ancestry through Suriname. Most of them are Hakka people.


  1. ^ Gert Oostindie en Emy Maduro, In het land van de overheerser - II - Antillianen en Surinamers in Nederland 1634/1667-1954 (KITLV; Leiden 1986)

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