Suriname travel guide



Suriname is located in Latin America and the Caribbean part of South America. It's total area is 156K km² and 97.3% of it is forest area. As of 2022 it has a total population of 618K. 66.3% lives in cities whereas 33.7% lives in rural areas.
Suriname ( (listen)), officially the Republic of Suriname (Dutch: Republiek Suriname [reːpyˌblik ˌsyːriˈnaːmə]), is a country in northern South America. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the north, French Guiana to the east, Guyana to the west, and Brazil to the south. At just under 165,000 square kilometers (64,000 square miles), it is the smallest sovereign state in South America.It has a population of approximately 612,985, dominated by descendants from the slaves and labourers brought in from Africa and Asia by the Dutch Empire and Republic.

Most of the people live by the country's (north) coast, in and around its capital and largest city, Paramaribo. It is also one of the least densely populated countries on Earth. Situated slightly north of the equator, Suriname is a tropical country dominated by rainforests. Its extensive tree cover is vital to the country's efforts to mitigate climate change and maintain carbon negativity. A developing country with a relatively high level of human development, Suriname's economy is heavily dependent on its abundant natural resources, namely bauxite, gold, petroleum, and agricultural products.

Suriname was inhabited as early as the fourth millennium BC by various indigenous peoples, including the Arawaks, Caribs, and Wayana. Europeans arrived in the 16th century, with the Dutch establishing control over much of the country's current territory by the late 17th century. During the Dutch colonial period, Suriname was a lucrative source of sugar, its plantation economy driven by African slave labour, and after abolition of slavery in 1863, by indentured servants from Asia, predominantly from British India, as well as the Dutch East Indies. In 1954, Suriname became one of the constituent countries of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. On 25 November 1975, it left the Kingdom to become an independent state. In contrast to Indonesia's earlier war for independence from the Netherlands, the path toward Suriname's independence was an initiative of the then left-wing Dutch government. Suriname continues to maintain close diplomatic, economic, and cultural ties with the Netherlands.

Suriname is considered a culturally Caribbean country, and is a member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). It is the only sovereign nation outside of Europe where Dutch is the official and prevailing language of government, business, media, and education. According to research by the Dutch Language Union, Dutch is the native language of 60% of Surinamese. Sranan Tongo, an English-based creole language, is a widely used lingua franca.

Suriname is part of several major international and intergovernmental institutions or groupings including the United Nations and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.

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💬 Languages

Dutch is the official language.

💵 Currencies

The official currency is Surinamese dollar [1 USD = 35.287 SRD].

🏧 Cash / Credit card usage

We don't have any data for credit card usage in Suriname.

🧑‍🤝‍🧑 Tourism

In 2017, 279K tourists arrived to Suriname. In 2019, tourism has contributed to Suriname economy with a total of 64M $ income (%2.8).

📱 Bandwidth

Mobile internet & wifi is fast with 51.28 Mbps. Broadband is 🐌slow with 11.74 Mbps.

Mobile & Wifi (1.63 / 10)

Broadband (0.41 / 10)

☀️ Climate

Averag yearly temperature is 🔥 26 °C and very hot. Current 3 months (May, June and July) average is 🔥 26 °C and very hot. Current season (spring) is 🔥 26 °C and very hot.
Yearly average26 °C 🔥
3 month average26 °C 🔥
Spring average26 °C 🔥
Summer average26 °C 🔥
Fall average27 °C 🔥
Winter average25 °C 🔥
About seasons: Remember that seasons in Southern Hemisphere are opposite of the Northern one. This means that in Argentina and Australia, winter begins in June. Currently season averages are rendered according Northern Hemisphere.

📈 Economics

We have no financial data.

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