Suriname - At a glance


Suriname at a glance

Location Northeast Atlantic coast of South America
Neighbouring countries Bordered by Guyana to the west, French Guiana to the east and Brazil to the south
Size 163,821km2 (63,251 square miles)
Population 550,000 (2014 estimate)
Climate Topical: hot and moist all year, with the main rainy seasons falling from late April–August and November–February.
Status Republic
Capital Paramaribo
Economy Major earners are mining, forestry, agriculture and tourism
GDP US$5.23 billion (2013)
Gross National Income per capita US$4,650 (2013)
Languages Dutch is the official language. Sranan Tongo is a widely used Creole street language. Many other minority languages are also spoken.
Religion Around 48% Christian, 22% Hindu, 14% Muslim (2012). The remainder follow traditional or unspecified faiths, or none at all.
Currency Suriname dollar (SRD), divided into 100 cents (for up-to-date rates, go to www.xe.com)
International telephone code +597
Time GMT/UTC -3 hours
Electricity 110/127V AC at 60 cycles per second
Weights and measures Metric
Flag Three horizontal stripes – green top and bottom, red in the middle, each colour separated by a narrow white stripe. The red strip is the widest and incorporates a yellow star.
National anthem ‘God zij met ons Suriname’ (‘God be with our Suriname’)
National motto ‘Justitia – Pietas – Fides’ (Latin for ‘Justice – Piety – Trust’)
Public holidays 1 January, 25 February, 1 May, 1 July, 9 August, 10 October, 25 November, 25 December, 26 December 

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