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Destination Suriname, a virtual travel guide to the former Dutch Guiana. Suriname is a country in northern South America, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean between French Guiana and Guyana. With an area of 163,820 km² Suriname is about four times the size of the Netherlands, or slightly larger than the U.S. state of Georgia.

This page aims to give you a broad overview of Suriname's art, culture, people, environment, geography, history, economy and government.
Beside a country profile with facts and figures, the page contains links to sources which provide you with all the information you need to know about this South American nation, e.g.: official web sites of Suriname, addresses of Surinamese and foreign embassies, domestic airlines, city- and country guides with travel and tourism information on accommodation, tourist attractions, events and more like weather information, maps, statistics and local newspapers from Suriname.

Republic of Suriname | Republiek Suriname

Country Profile

Suriname Flag
Flag of Suriname

Independence from the Netherlands was granted in 1975. Five years later the civilian government was replaced by a military regime that soon declared a socialist republic. It continued to rule through a succession of nominally civilian administrations until 1987, when international pressure finally brought about a democratic election. In 1989, the military overthrew the civilian government, but a democratically elected government returned to power in 1991.
(Source: CIA - The World Factbook)

border countries: Brazil, French Guiana, Guyana
related countries: Netherlands
Where in South America is Suriname?

Official Name:
Republiek Suriname
short form: Suriname
int'l long form: Republic of Suriname
former: Netherlands Guiana, Dutch Guiana

ISO Country Code: sr

Local Time = UTC -3h
Actual Time: Thu-Oct-8  17:07

Country Calling Code: +597

Capital City: Paramaribo (pop. 250 000)

Other Cities: Nieuw Nickerie, Moengo.

Type: Constitutional democracy.
Constitution: 30 September 1987.
Independence: 25 November 1975.

Location: Northern South America, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between French Guiana and Guyana.
Area: 163,820 km² (63,251 sq. mi.)
Terrain: Varies from coastal swamps to savanna to hills.

Climate: Tropical; moderated by trade winds.

Nationality: Noun--Surinamer(s). Adjective--Surinamese.
Population: 525,000 (2012 UN estimate)
Ethnic groups: Hindustani (East Indian) 37%, Creole 31%, Javanese 15%, Bush Negro 10%, Amerindians 3%, Chinese 1.7% (percentages date from 1972 census, the last in which ethnicity data was collected).
Religions: Hindu, Muslim, Roman Catholic, Dutch Reformed, Moravian, several other Christian denominations, Jewish, Baha'i.
Languages: Dutch (official), English, Sranan Tongo (Creole language), Hindustani, Javanese.
Literacy: 90%

Natural resources: Timber, hydropower, fish, kaolin, shrimp, bauxite, gold, and small amounts of nickel, copper, platinum, iron ore.

Agriculture products: Paddy rice, bananas, palm kernels, coconuts, plantains, peanuts; beef, chickens; forest products; shrimp.

Industries: Bauxite and gold mining, alumina production, oil, lumbering, food processing, fishing.

Exports partners: Norway 31.1%, USA 16%, Canada 13.2%, Belgium 10.8%, France 8.8%, Iceland 4.6% (2004)

Imports partners: USA 28.2%, Netherlands 21.1%, Trinidad and Tobago 11.4%, Japan 7.2%, China 4.3% (2004)

Currency: Surinamese Guilder (SRG)

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Official Sites of Suriname

Kabinet van de President van Suriname
Cabinet of the President of Suriname.

Suriname Ministry of Transport, Communication and Tourism
Official site of the ministry (in Dutch)

Diplomatic Missions
The Suriname Consulate
Miami, USA
Suriname Mission to the UN
Permanent Mission of Suriname to the United Nations
Embassy of the Republic of Suriname in the U.S.
Washington, DC.
Foreign Embassies in Suriname
Address list of embassies in Suriname.

Population and Economic Data about Suriname
Suriname in figures.


 Map of Suriname
Political Map of Suriname.
 Administrative Map of Suriname
Map of Suriname showing its administrative divisions.

Google Earth Google Earth Suriname
Searchable map and satellite view of Suriname.
Google Earth Google Earth Paramaribo
Searchable map and satellite view of Suriname's capital city.

Map of South America
Reference map of South America.


Dagblad Suriname
With Surinam News (in Dutch)
De Ware Tijd
Surinam Newspaper (in Dutch)
De West
Suriname News (in Dutch)
Surinam News
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Arts & Culture

Site about the end of the year and New Year's festivities "Owruyari"
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Business & Economy

Centrale Bank van Suriname
Suriname's Central Bank (in Dutch)

Suriname Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Eendeavors business opportunities and economic growth in Suriname

Suriname Products
Djogo Bier

Surinam Airways
Flying on Trusted Wings.

Le Grand Baldew
Serves Paramaribo and the entire roadnet of Suriname.

Destination Suriname - Travel and Tour Guides

Discover Suriname: Trekking and Jungle Adventures, Old Plantations, New Amsterdam, Paramaribo, accommodation, hotels, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, biking, cruising, diving, trekking tours and much more.

The Suriname Tourism Foundation
Tourism Information on Suriname.
Suriname travel and tourism information site (in Dutch).
Home page for Suriname
Comprehensive Information on Suriname.
Surriname portal site.

Travel and Tour Consumer Information


Anton de Kom Universiteit van Suriname
The University of Suriname started in 1968 and it offers studies in the fields of social, technological and medical sciences.

Environment & Nature

Foundation for Nature Conservation in Suriname
STINASU contributes to the protection of Suriname's natural resources and cultural heritage.
The Tropical Rainforest in Suriname
A virtual tour through the rainforest in Suriname.
Suriname Eco-Destination of the Caribbean
Site offers some information on Suriname's environment.
WWF Guianas
WWF-Guianas, part of the global WWF family, is working to protect the forests, freshwaters and coasts of the Guianas (French Guiana, Suriname, and Guyana).


The history of Suriname
Brief history of Suriname.
Suriname het land en de geschiedenis
History of Suriname (in Dutch).
Suriname History
Brief overview of Suriname's history.
Surinam History
Introduction to Suriname's History by Surinam Net.
Issues Suriname
Human Rights Organization Suriname (M86) founded to to the promote and to protect human rights in Suriname.
Suriname's Political Theatre
Short list of persons who's activities, in one way or the other, have some influence on Suriname's politics.
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