Destinations > South America > Suriname

Suriname Facts & Figures

Flag of Suriname
Total area: 163,270 sq km (63,039 sq mi)
Population (2010 est.): 486,618
Capital and largest city (2003 est.): Paramaribo - 217,300
Currency: Suriname dollar
Languages: Dutch (official), Surinamese (lingua franca), Hindustani, Javanese, English
Ethnicity: East Indians (Hindustanis) 37%, Creole (mixed white and black) 31%, Javanese 15%, Maroons 10%, Amerindian 2%, Chinese 2%, white 1%, other 2%
Religions: Hindu 27.4%, Protestant 25.2% (predominantly Moravian), Roman Catholic 22.8%, Islam 19.6%, indigenous 5%
Time zone: GMT-3; Daylight Savings Time is not observed
Electricity: AC 127V/60Hz; European 2-pin plugs are used

Suriname, officially the Republic of Suriname, is a country in northern South America, located between French Guiana to the east and Guyana to the west and bordered by Brazil to the south. The Atlantic forms the northern border of the country. The east border with French Guiana is formed by the Marowijne River while the west border with Guyana goes along the Corantijn River. South of the country is dominated by forests, savannahs and mountains, which separate it from Brazil.

Suriname is the smallest sovereign state in terms of area in South America and also the only country outside Europe with Dutch as an official language. Geographically the country is divided into two parts: the northern and the southern regions. The north that covers about 20% of the total country's area, is home to most of the Suriname's population and features cultivated coastal lowlands covered with mangrove swamps. The terrain in the south is hilly to mountainous covered with dense tropical forest, with numerous rivers and streams as well as sparsely inhabited savanna along the border with Brazil. The highest mountain is Julianatop at 1,286 m (4,219 ft).

Wired Tourist Articles

Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Playa del Carmen in Mexico may be a bed of inland deserts with a drainage basin, but it is more to people who want to take a vacation and have a good time. It is located at the lower section of an inland desert drainage basin, which sometimes fills with alkaline and briny salts that wash down by the rain water from the surrounding highlands.

« read full article »

Go Oriental - Travel To China

People touring all the important countries of the world; prioritize their travel to China. People’s Republic of China is the world’s most populated country, touching the 1.3 billion mark. With such a huge population and the large area, it is bound to be diverse and hence makes for a hot tourist destination..

« read full article »

Home | Travel Destinations | Travel News | Travel Directory | Volcano Tours | Gallery | Site Index | Contact
Follow us on   Follow us on YouTube  YouTube   Follow us on Flickr  Flickr   Follow us on Twitter  Twitter