45 Informative Facts About Suriname

Last updated on April 23rd, 2019

31. The country has a very little amount of arable land, under 1% of the total land area. And only half of this land is under cultivation.

32. Rice is the staple food of Suriname and it is also one of the constituents of its national dish – chicken with rice.

33. Rice is also planted in almost half of its cultivated land. And the country takes two rice harvests every year.

34. Owing to the 90% of the country being under forests, there is plenty of timber resources.

35. Suriname also has plenty of deposits of precious metals including Gold.

Map of Suriname

36. Rivers and canals are an important mode of transport in the country as the roads are not much developed.

37. Suriname is divided into districts and sub-districts for the ease of government and control.

38. The education system in the country is based on that of the Netherlands and Dutch is the preferred language of instruction in the schools. Education is compulsory for children up to age 12.

39. Football, basketball, and volleyball are the country’s most popular sports. Unfortunately, Suriname does not have any official sports team associated with any of these sports.

40. Fishing and hunting are quite popular in Suriname.

41. “De Ware Tijd” and “De West” are two major independent newspapers that are printed in Dutch.

42. In 1863, African slavery was abolished in Suriname and the country started importing workers from India and Java (an island of Indonesia).

43. The northern coastal strip of the country is densely populated as compared to the rest of the country.

44. The Brokopondo Reservoir, officially named Professor Doctor Ingenieur W. J. van Blommestein Meer, and also called the Brokopondostuwmeer, is a large reservoir in Suriname. It is one of the largest reservoirs in the world, flooding nearly one percent of the country.

45. Water lilies, hibiscus, orchids, bougainvillea, and oleanders are some of the most abundant varieties of flowers that grow in the country.

Suriname – country at a glance

Independence25 November 1975 (from the Netherlands)
Table last updatedJuly 5, 2019
Capital CityParamaribo
(5°50′N 55°10′W)
Largest CityParamaribo
(5°50′N 55°10′W)
Areatotal: 163,820 sq km
land: 156,000 sq km
water: 7,820 sq km
Population597,927 (July 2018 est.)
DemonymSurinamese
Government typepresidential republic
PresidentDési Bouterse
Vice PresidentAshwin Adhin
Official LanguageDutch
National Anthem"God zij met ons Suriname!" (God Be With Our Suriname)
Religion48.4% Christian
22.3% Hindu
13.9% Muslim
1.8% Winti
0.8% Kebatinan
2.1% other
7.5% none
3.2% not stated
BordersGuyana, French Guiana and Brazil
CurrencySurinamese dollar (SRD)
Suffrage18 years of age; universal
Literacy95.6%
Life expectancy at birth72.8 Years (2018 estimate)
Industriesbauxite and gold mining, alumina production; oil, lumbering, food processing, fishing
Exports$2.028 billion (2017 est.)
alumina, gold, crude oil, lumber, shrimp and fish, rice, bananas
Imports$1.293 billion (2017 est.)
capital equipment, petroleum, foodstuffs, cotton, consumer goods
GDP - per capita (PPP)$14,900 (2017 est.)
Birth rate15.6 births/1,000 population (2018 est.)
Death rate6.1 deaths/1,000 population (2018 est.)
Sex ratio1.01 male(s)/female (2018 est.)
National symbol(s)royal palm, faya lobi (flower)
National holidayIndependence Day, 25 November (1975)
National colorsgreen, white, red, yellow
Terrainmostly rolling hills; narrow coastal plain with swamps
Mean elevation246 m
Lowest pointunnamed location in the coastal plain -2 m
Highest pointJuliana Top 1,230 m
Climatetropical; moderated by trade winds
Agricultural land0.5%
Natural resourcestimber, hydropower, fish, kaolin, shrimp, bauxite, gold, and small amounts of nickel, copper, platinum, iron ore
Time ZoneSRT (UTC-3)
Internet country code.sr
Calling Code+597
Drives on theLeft

References:

  • https://www.britannica.com/place/Suriname
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suriname
  • http://www.everyculture.com/Sa-Th/Suriname.html