The capital city of Suriname is Paramaribo. It is the largest and the most populous city in the country. The city is situated on the banks of the Suriname River in the district of Paramaribo, approximately 9.3 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean. Paramaribo was first established as a Dutch settlement in 1613. It was confirmed as the leading town in Suriname following the Treaty of Breda in 1667 and acted as the capital of Suriname. Paramaribo has remained the capital of Suriname from the colonial time to the present day.

Paramaribo is the largest and the most populous city in Suriname. As of 2012 official census, Paramaribo has a population of approximately 241,000 people, almost half the population of the entire country. The city has experienced a very slow population growth, recording a growth of less than 3% between 1995 and 2012.


Although Paramaribo is the business and financial center of Suriname, it is also an important tourist destination for most of the people visiting the country. Most of the tourists visiting the town are mainly from the Netherlands. Some of the attractions in the city include St. Peter and Paul Cathedral, Presidential Palace, Fort Zeelandia, and Het Kot Museum among other attractions. Nature lovers can visit the Peperpot Nature Park and Paramaribo Zoo. Visitors can also stay on some of the top-rated hotels in the country including Torarica Hotel, Royal Torarica, and Courtyard Paramaribo.

Paramaribo experiences tropical rainforest climate. The city does not experience a true dry season, all the months of the year receive more than 60 mm of rainfall. Autumn, which runs from September to November, is the driest season of the year. Temperatures are consistent throughout the year, ranging between 22 and 31 degrees Celsius. On average, Paramaribo receives an annual rainfall of 220 mm.

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