Nearly all the towns and villages have telephone connections. There were 64,000 mainline telephones in 1997. The same year, there were 4,090 cellular phones in use.
In 1998 there were 4 AM and 13 FM radio stations. In 2001 there were about 11 television stations. In 1997, 668 radios and 137 television receivers were in use for every 1,000 people.
There were three daily newspapers in 2002: the Dutch-language De Ware Tijd (circulation 10,000) and De West (circulation 15,000), and the government publication Surinam e.
The constitution provides for freedom of speech and of the press, and the government is said to generally respect these rights.