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Recent Fertility Trends in Suriname

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  31 July 2008

Humphrey E. Lamur
Department of Cultural Anthropology, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands


A rapid decline in fertility took place in Suriname between 1962 and 1974, and then stopped. While this sudden stabilization is surprising, it is not unusual. Similar trends have occurred in some Caribbean and Latin-American countries. The 1962–74 fall in fertility in Suriname seems to have been due to a combination of socioeconomic factors and the activities of the Suriname Family Planning Association, founded in 1968.

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