Suriname Language Stats


Languages Dutch (official), English (widely spoken), Sranang Tongo (Surinamese, sometimes called Taki-Taki, is native language of Creoles and much of the younger population and is lingua franca among others), Caribbean Hindustani (a dialect of Hindi), Javanese 2008
Linguistic diversity index 0.788 2009 32nd out of 200
Major language(s) Dutch (official), English, Sranang Tongo, Hindi, Javanese 2013



The name of the lingua franca you refer to is Sranan. The official spelling of this language was laid down in a Government Regulation in 1986. The official spelling of Sarnami was also laid down by government regulation, and calling it Caribbean Hindustani should only be considered as a descriptive term, but most definitely not as the official name of this language. All academic and other publications on this language refer to it as Sarnami.

Posted on 07 Dec 2010

Monique Pool

Monique Pool

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