Newspapers in Suriname
In Suriname there are two newspapers, De West (edition: about 15,000 copies)
and De Ware Tijd (about 10,000 copies), both in Dutch, privately owned and
politically independent. Although there is no formal censorship, the government
has great influence over them, as well as over radio and TV.
There is both state and private radio. Most important is the State
Stichting Radio Omroep Suriname (SRS). The radio broadcasts mainly in
Dutch, but also in Hindi and local languages. State television started in 1965
and broadcasts in two channels, one commercial and one subscription TV. There
are 729 radio and 253 TV receivers per 1,000 residents (2000).
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.