Suriname

Suriname Overview

Suriname is a country on the northeast coast of South America. Mountainous rain forests cover about 80 percent of Suriname, and most of the people live in the flat coastal area. Suriname is the smallest independent country in South America, both in area and population. Nearly half of the people live in Paramaribo, the capital, largest city, and chief port.

Its multicultural population stems from an eventful past, which saw the indigenous Amerindian population joined by English and Dutch settlers, West African slaves, and labourers from North IndiaIndonesia and China.

Today it retains a friendly, easygoing way of life. The major reasons to pay Suriname a visit are its superb collection of nature reserves and parks, and its intriguing hidden cultures, which are still almost entirely untouched by tourism.

CLIMATE

Suriname is warm and moist, with an average annual temperature of 81 °F (27 °C). The annual rainfall averages 76 inches (193 centimetres) in western Suriname and 95 inches (241 centimetres) in Paramaribo.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

CAPITAL: Paramaribo
POPULATION: 475,990
LANGUAGE: Dutch, English
CURRENCY: Surinam Dollar
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 127V, 60Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or a two pin plug is required.
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +597
TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC -3