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Suriname: Travelling & Vacation

Suriname lies on the northeast coast of South America , with Guyana to the west, French Guyana to the east and Brazil to the south. Area: 63,250 sq.ml. (=163.820 sq.km). The principal rivers are the Corantijn river on the Guyana border, the Marowijne river on the French Guyana border, and in the middle the Suriname river on which the capital city of Paramaribo (also the largest city) with its 120,000 inhabitants is situated. The Tumuc Humac mountains are on the south border with Brazil .

Approx. 490,000 inhabitants (average annual growth rate: 1,5%), comprising:

* Hindostani 37%
* Creoles 31%
* Indonesians 15%
* Bush Negros 10%
* Amerindians, Chinese etc. 7%
Density per sq.mile: 2.2

The official language is Dutch as Suriname is a former colony of the Kingdom of the Netherlands . There is also Surinamese, a lingua franca, and of course the languages of the various ethnic groups, mentioned above.

Religions: Roman Catholic, Protestant, Hindu, Islam.

Literacy rate: Approx. 75%.

In 1650 England established the first European settlement – Suriname – on the Suriname river but transferred sovereignty to the Dutch in 1667 in the Treaty of Breda, by which the British acquired New York . Colonization was confined to a narrow coastal strip, until the abolition of slavery in 1863, African slaves furnished the labour for the plantation economy. After 1870 labourers were brought in from the former British India and Dutch East Indies . In 1948, the colony was integrated into the Kingdom of the Netherlands and two years later was granted full home rule other than foreign affairs and defense. On November 25, 1975 Suriname became independent Republic and the Dutch Government among others agreed to provide Suriname development aid. On February 25, 1980 , army sergeants led by Desi Bouterse staged a coup and instituted a military government, which urged the Dutch government to suspend the development aid. In 1992 democracy was restored.

Suriname , almost 4,5 times the size of Holland , has a great potential of natural resources, such as bauxite, gold and timber. The country boasts a vast jungle through which wide rivers meander. Breathtaking rapids and waterfalls, exotic flora and fauna and a multi-ethnic culture (Bushnegro and Amerindian) in the interior provide a unique opportunity for developing eco-tourism. Many touroperators have already brought large groups of tourists to the country. The Government – together with private organizations in the tourism sector – are now embarking on a large scale tourism development program.

Airport : Johan Adolf Pengel International airport. 45 minutes away from the capital Paramaribo .
Entry requirements : Passports should be valid at least six months from the date of entry. Visitors from most countries other than the Caribbean Community need visas. Apply for a two-month, multiple-entry-traveler visa, which costs as much as the usual two months, valid-tourist-visa. Costs vary as per country of residence.

Latest additions to Suriname


Royal Torarica


Royal Torarica is a modern and stylish hotel with 63 tastefully furnished rooms on the banks of the Suriname River broad. Our rooms have garden views, the lively entertainment district and across the river and the particular mangrove forest. For...


Presidential Palace


The grand colonial-era Presidential Palace is a much photographed Paramaribo landmark, set among the flag-scattered greenery of Independence Square. The iconic, white structure outshines the dozen elegant wooden mansions that surround it. It's open...


Hotel Krasnapolsky


Hotel Krasnapolsky with 84 rooms, is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Paramaribo. The hotel view is overlooking the historic colonial wooden centre, is situated next to the Kersten mall and is near several other shops and government...


St. Petrus en Paulus Kathedraal


The cathedral of Paramaribo is the largest wooden building in the Caribbean. The first Catholic Church was a house that did service as such. He was taken around 1787 to use, and must have been at the beginning. Of the Wagenwegstraat He was lost in...


Guesthouse Amice


Guesthouse Amice is a pleasant accommodation, situated at Gravenberchstraat nr. 5 in Paramaribo, Suriname. Guesthouse Amice opened her doors in 1996 and since then our guesthouse offers a continuous quality. Guesthouse Amice is tastefully...

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