Basic information
   Official national languageDutch
   CapitalParamaribo
   Area163,820 kmĀ²
   Population572,435 (2019)
   CurrencySurinamese dollar (SRD)
   Web | Code | Tel..sr | SUR | +597

Bigi Pan Nature Reserve, Suriname. Lots of birds in these wetlands.Photo:Jan Willem Broekema Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic no changes 

Tourism is still in its infancy in Suriname. One possibility could be nature or eco tourism. After all, the country is 85% covered with tropical rainforest. A negative factor for tourism is the lack of beautiful beaches. Many Surinamese who live in the Netherlands regularly visit Suriname.

Parimaribo seen fron the Surinam riverPhoto:Mark Ashmann Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported no changes made

Paramaribo is located on the Suriname River and is the capital of Suriname and the base for most tourists. The city center has been recognized as a World Heritage Site since the year 2002. Visit the St. Peter and Paul Cathedral, which is made entirely of wood. Here you will find a tombstone of Peerke Donders, who was a priest who worked at a colony for lepers in the 19th century. Climb the towers and enjoy the beauty of the view.

Suriname parimaribo marketPhoto: M M Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic no changes made

The central market is the meeting point of everyone in the city. Here you can buy fish, meat, accessories, shoes and clothing. The market is open from early morning to early evening. Fort Zeelandia is a remnant of colonial times. The fort is beautifully situated on the banks of the Suriname River. The Ahmadiyya Anjuman Isha'at Mosque is the largest mosque in the Caribbean and this part of the world.

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Beatty, N.B. / Suriname
Chelsea House

Encarta Encyclopedie

Leuwsha, T / Reishandboek Suriname
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Noordegraaf, W / Suriname
ANWB

CIA - World Factbook

BBC - Country Profiles

Last updated November 2020
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