Area Total 163,820 sq km
Climate tropical; moderated by trade winds
Natural Resources timber, hydropower, fish, kaolin, shrimp, bauxite, gold, small amounts of nickel, copper, platinum, and iron ore
Imports $1.293 billion (2017 est.) partners: US 30.6%, Netherlands 14.8%, Trinidad and Tobago 11.4%, China 7.6% (2017)
Exports $2.028 billion (2017 est.) partners: Switzerland 38%, Hong Kong 21.9%, Belgium 10.1%, UAE 7.2%, Guyana 6.1% (2017)
Government presidential republic
Capital Paramaribo
Population 597,900 (July 2018 est.)
Ethnicity Hindustani 27.4%, Maroon 21.7%, Creole 15.7%, Javanese 13.7%, mixed 13.4%, other 7.6%, unspecified 0.6% (2012 est.)
Language Dutch (official), English, Sranang Tongo, Caribbean Hindustani, Javanese

News about Suriname

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  • Dutch literary prize ceremony cancelled over winner’s Desi Bouterse comments
    by Alison Flood on August 16, 2021

    Astrid Roemer, the Surinamese winner of the Prijs der Nederlandse Letteren, came under fire after showing support for Dési Bouterse, who was convicted of murderFive months ago, Astrid Roemer became the first author from Suriname, a former Dutch colony in South America, to win the prestigious Dutch-language literary award the Prijs der Nederlandse Letteren, […]

  • Rijksmuseum slavery exhibition confronts cruelty of Dutch trade
    by Daniel Boffey in Amsterdam on May 18, 2021

    Amsterdam show includes 140 objects ranging from Rembrandt portraits to human collars and ankle chainsThe aim of a first exhibition on the Dutch slave trade to be shown at the Rijksmuseum, launched on Tuesday by King Willem-Alexander, is not to be “woke” but to be a “blockbuster” telling a truer story of the Golden Age, the director general of the […]

  • Suriname election: can pandemic help outlaw leader get away with murder?
    by Mat Youkee on May 21, 2020

    Coronavirus has stalled opposition’s momentum against president who was recently found guilty of mass murder as country heads into an electionWith the economy in tatters, corruption scandals piling up – and a recent mass murder conviction to add to his previous guilty verdicts for drug trafficking, it seemed until recently that President Desi […]

  • Ecosystems the size of Amazon 'can collapse within decades'
    by Jonathan Watts Global environment editor on March 10, 2020

    Large biomes can break down like Jenga bricks once tipping point reached, research findsEven large ecosystems the size of the Amazon rainforest can collapse in a few decades, according to a study that shows bigger biomes break up relatively faster than small ones.The research reveals that once a tipping point has been passed, breakdowns do not occur […]

  • Suriname president guilty of murder over 1982 executions
    by Reuters on November 30, 2019

    Desi Bouterse found guilty by military court over abduction and murder of 15 government critics in wake of coupA court in Suriname has convicted the country’s president, Desi Bouterse, of murder for the execution of 15 opponents in 1982 following a coup. The man who has dominated the former Dutch colony’s recent history was sentenced to 20 years in […]

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