Looking to boost your local knowledge? Take a look at these 21 facts about Suriname!
- Suriname is a small country in South America.
- It is bordered by French Guiana to the east, Brazil to the south and Guyana to the west. It also has a coastline along the Atlantic Ocean to the north.
- Fancy exploring this beautiful country? Head for the coordinates of 5.8333° N, 55.1667° W to embark on your very own Surinamese adventure!
- The terrain here is dominated by rolling hills, with a narrow coastal plain to the north. Roughly 80% of this wonderful country is covered in rainforest!
- The total land area of Suriname is 63,037 square miles (163,265 square kilometres)…
- …that’s slightly larger than half the size of the UK.
- That makes it the smallest country in South America!
- Suriname’s population was 579,633 in 2015…
- …that’s around 1/100th of the UK population!
- Residents here are known as Surinamese.
The capital is Paramaribo; it covers an area of 70 square miles (182 square kilometres) and had a population of 234,000 in 2014.
- Surinamese enjoy a tropical climate which is moderated by trade winds, with a rainy season from April to August.
- Despite its location, the official language of Suriname is actually Dutch! Although English is also widely spoken.
- In fact, Suriname was under Dutch rule until 1975!
- Surinamese Dollar is the official currency here.
- The average life span of a Surinamese is 72 years.
- Allegedly, anyone under the age of 30 who wishes to get married in Suriname can only do so with written permission from their parents!
- Suriname grows rice, bananas and palm kernels; they also rear cattle, catch fish and produce lumber.
- Its industry consists of bauxite and gold mining, alumina production, food processing and oil.
- The main exports consist of crude oil, alumina, rice, lumber, fish and shrimp.
- Do you know someone lucky enough to live in Suriname? You can make cheap calls to Suriname with Cherry Call – don’t forget, you’ll also need to use the international dialling code of 00597.
For all the latest Suriname news, head over to the Times of Suriname website.