Where is Suriname?

Located in Northern South America, Suriname has a 1,907.00 km border with Brazil (515 km), French Guiana (556 km) and Guyana (836 km).Suriname claims a triangel of land between the new and Kutari/Koetari rivers.

Suriname is a South American country covering 163,820.00 km2 of which 4.77% is water and 156,000.00 km2 is land. This makes it the 93rd largest country in the world and slightly larger than Georgia. Its geographic coordinates are 4 00 N, 56 00 W and Paramaribo is the capital city.

The name Suriname may derive from the indigenous "Surinen" people who inhabited the island at the time of European contact.

Its ISO code is SR.

Geography

Suriname has a mean elevation of 246 m above sea level. Its lowest elevation is unnamed location in the coastal plain which is -2m below sea level. Its highest elevation is Juliana Top which is 1,230m above tall.

It has an arctic climate, with cool summers and cold winters. Its terrain consists mostly of rolling hills, as well as narrow coastal plains with swampland.

Population

Suriname has a population of 585,824 making it the 170th largest in the world. The majority of the population is concentrated along the northern coastal strip.

Dutch is the official language, while English is widely spoken. The major ethnic group is reported as Hindustani. The majority of the population is Protestant Christian or Roman Catholic.

The dialing code for the country is 597.

Government

Suriname is an independent country. It gained independence from the Netherlands in 1975. Its constitution was last ratified in 1987.

Economy

Factoring in Purchasing Power Parity, Suriname's GDP is $8,547,000,000.00 (USD) with $15,200.00 (USD) per capita. This makes it the 160th largest economy and its citizens the 102nd richest in the world. The currency of Suriname is the Dollar (SRD).

Its major export partners are Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, and India. Its main exports are alumina, gold, crude oil, and lumber. Its major import partners are the United States, the Netherlands, and China. Its major imports include capital equipment, petroleum, and foodstuffs.

This page was last modified on September 6th, 2017