interesting facts about Suriname

20 Sassy Facts about Suriname

Looking to boost your knowledge of South America? Take a look at these 20 interesting facts about Suriname!

Geographical stats…

  1. Suriname is a small country in South America.
  2. 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.
  3. Fancy exploring this beautiful country? Head for the coordinates of 5.8333° N, 55.1667° W to embark on your very own Surinamese adventure!
  4. 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!
  5. The total land area of Suriname is 63,037 square miles (163,265 square kilometres)…
  6. …that’s slightly larger than half the size of the UK.
  7. That makes it the smallest country in South America!
  8. Suriname’s population was 579,633 in 2015…
  9. …that’s around 1/100th of the UK population!
  10. 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.
  11. Surinamese enjoy a tropical climate which is moderated by trade winds, with a rainy season from April to August.

    Social intricacies

    1. Despite its location, the official language of Suriname is actually Dutch! Although English is also widely spoken.
    2. In fact, Suriname was under Dutch rule until 1975!
    3. Surinamese Dollar is the official currency here.
    4. The average life span of a Surinamese is 72 years.
    5. Allegedly, anyone under the age of 30 who wishes to get married in Suriname can only do so with written permission from their parents!

    Industry insights…

    1. Suriname grows rice, bananas and palm kernels; they also rear cattle, catch fish and produce lumber.
    2. Its industry consists of bauxite and gold mining, alumina production, food processing and oil.
    3. The main exports consist of crude oil, alumina, rice, lumber, fish and shrimp.

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