Surinamese literature is mainly written in
Dutch or the Creole language sranan tongo. But there is
literature in a further ten of the country's languages.
Before independence in 1975, a large part of
Surinam's intellectuals, including writers, moved to the
Latest population statistics of Suriname, including religious profiles and major languages spoken as well as population growth rates in next three decades.
Surinam's various folk groups all have their own
music traditions. Typical instruments are the Indian
bamboo flutes, the maroons' drums of various kinds, and
the Creole's small guitar called cuatro. At Creole
parties, sometimes caseko bands play with clarinet,
saxophone, banjo and percussion. Among the Javanese are
orchestras who perform their traditional gamelan music.