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Alliance missionaries came to Suriname in 1975. Since then, the Alliance national church has grown to three organized churches with more than 700 inclusive members. The Chinese Alliance Church there has sent cross-cultural workers to plant churches in other parts of Latin America.

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National Church

2 organized churches, 3 unorganized groups, 3 ordained ministers, 286 baptized members, and 466 inclusive members

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The Alliance at Work in Suriname

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Demographics

Population
Population—438,144
Infant mortality rate—23.6/1,000
Life expectancy—69
Capital City
Paramaribo (217,300) pop.
Geography
Slightly larger than Georgia, Suriname (63,039 sq. mi.) consists of flat coastal lands and hilly forests inland.
Languages
Dutch (official)
Surinamese
English
Hindustani
Javanese
Ethnicity/Race
East Indian (Hindustani)—37%
Creole—31%
Javanese—15%
Maroon—10%
Amerindian—2%
Chinese—2%
European—1%
other—2%
Economy
Per capita income—$4,300
Inflation—23%
Unemployment—17%
Literacy rate—93% (1995 est.)
Government/Political Climate
Constitutional democracy. Paraguay gained independence from the Netherlands in 1975. The civilian government was replaced in 1980 by a military regime that declared a socialist republic. In 1987, international pressure forced a democratic election. The military overthrew the civilian government in 1989, but a democratically elected government returned to power in 1991.
Religion
Hindu—27.4%
Protestant (primarly Moravian)—25.2%
Roman Catholic—22.8%
Muslim—19.6%
indigenous—5%

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