interesting facts about Paramaribo

17 Perky Facts about Paramaribo

Like to know a little more about the capital cities of the world? Take a look at these 17 interesting facts about Paramaribo!

Geographical stats…

  1. Paramaribo is the capital city of Suriname.
  2. Wondering how to say the name of this wonderful city? It’s pronounced Pah-rah-mar-ee-bo.
  3. Paramaribo was founded back in 1603!
  4. The total land area of Paramaribo is 70 square miles (182 square kilometres)…
  5. …that’s almost double the size of Bristol.
  6. Paramaribo’s population was 234,000 in 2014…
  7. …that’s around half the population of Bristol…
  8. …and gives it a population density of around 3,343 residents per square mile.
  9. Paramaribo is located 10 ft above sea level.
interesting facts about Suriname

Flag of Suriname

  1. Residents of Paramaribo are known as Surinamese.
  2. Surinamese living in Paramaribo enjoy a tropical rainforest climate with no true dry season as each month averages more than 60mm of rain fall! Despite the wet weather, the average annual temperature is a delightful 27°C, with a record low of 15°C!
  3. Heading off to Paramaribo? If you’re flying solo you’ll need the coordinates of 5.8667° N, 55.1667° W.
  4. Make sure you visit the historic inner city if you’re in Paramaribo; it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site with grand timber houses, constructed in the 17th and 18th centuries in a Dutch architectural style.

    Social intricacies

    1. The official language of Paramaribo is Dutch.
    2. Looking to marry someone from Paramaribo? If they’re under 30 you’ll need written permission from their parents before the wedding can go ahead!
    3. Surinamese Dollar is the official currency here.
    4. Suriname welcomed 249,000 tourists into the country in 2013, many of whom visited Paramaribo for its stunning architecture, warm weather and the incredible natural forests which surround the city.

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