I found the 2004 census figures for the districts of Suriname at the
General Bureau of Statistics
For consistency, I've added the district areas in square miles to the main table.
Suriname began the 20th century as a colony of the Netherlands. It became an integral part of the
Netherlands on 1954-12-29, and then an independent country on 1975-11-25.
Other names of country:
- Danish: Surinam, Republikken Surinam (formal), Hollandsk Guyana (obsolete)
- Dutch: Suriname, Republiek Suriname (formal)
- English: Republic of Suriname (formal), Dutch Guiana (obsolete), Netherlands Guiana (obsolete), Surinam (obsolete)
- Finnish: Suriname
- French: Suriname m
- German: Suriname n
- Icelandic: Súrínam
- Italian: Suriname m
- Norwegian: Surinam, Republikken Surinam (formal)
- Portuguese: Suriname, República f do Suriname m (formal)
- Russian: Республика Суринам (formal)
- Spanish: Surinam, República f de Suriname (formal)
- Turkish: Surinam Cumhuriyeti (formal)
- Sranantongo: Sranan
- Swedish: Surinam
Suriname is divided into ten distrikten (sing. distrikt: districts).
- HASC: Hierarchical administrative subdivision codes.
If periods are
replaced by hyphens, these are the same as the district codes
from ISO standard 3166-2.
- FIPS: Codes from FIPS PUB 10-4, a U.S. government standard.
- Population: 2004-08-02 census.
See the Ressorts of Suriname page.
The districts are subdivided into ressorten (ressorts).
The Dutch have always called Suriname by that name. English speakers have called it Dutch Guiana,
Netherlands Guiana, Surinam, and Suriname. There was no fixed date at which one name replaced another.
- 1834-10-08: By royal decree, Suriname was divided into eight divisions (Lower Commewijne, Lower
Cottica, Matapica, Para, Saramacca, Upper Commewijne, Upper Cottica and Perica, and Upper Suriname and
Torarica) and two districts (Coronie and Nickerie).
- 1927: Suriname was reorganized into the following seven districts:
- District: Rural districts, except for Paramaribo, which was an
- Population: 1941 estimate (source: Encyclopædia Britannica
World Atlas, 1951
edition), and 1952 estimate (1957 edition).
Totals include indigenous people not enumerated in any
- 1954-12-29: Suriname became an overseas territory of the Netherlands. As such, it was an integral part
of the Netherlands, with some autonomy.
- 1958: Brokopondo district split from Suriname district.
- 1964-03-31: Census taken.
- 1966-09-08: Para district split from Suriname district. (One source says 1966-10-28; another, 1968.)
The resulting division of Suriname was:
- District: Rural districts, except for Paramaribo, which was an urban district.
- Pop-1971: 1972-01-01 census. Source: Encyclopædia Britannica, 1984 edition.
- Pop-1980: 1980-07-01 census. Sources: Almanaque Mundial, 1992 edition,
- 1975-11-25: Suriname became independent.
- 1985: Suriname was reorganized. Suriname district was divided among Commewijne, Para, Saramacca, and the
new Wanica district. Sipaliwini district was formed from large parts of Brokopondo, Marowijne, Nickerie, and
Saramacca districts, constituting almost four-fifths of the country, all in the south. Other borders were
adjusted. One site says that Sipaliwini was originally called Binnenland (= inland), and later renamed.