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An Introduction to Suriname

Disputed by the Dutch and the English in the mid-17th century, Suriname was given to the former in the 1667 Treaty of Breda while the latter took New Amsterdam, a small trading post in North America, now better known as New York City. The country became independent in November 1975. See full country profile.

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Fast Facts
Map of Suriname
CAPITAL: Paramaribo
GOVERNMENT: constitutional democracy
AREA: 163,821 sq km
POPULATION: 491,989 (2011 est.)
MAJOR LANGUAGE: Official Language: Dutch
Dugout canoe, Marowijne River, Suriname
Dugout canoe, Marowijne River, Suriname


Serving a term Desi Bouterse, an army leader first prominent after a coup in 1980, was elected President in the last elections, in 2010, heading up a coalition called the Mega Combination. All this despite ongoing charges against him for the killing of five people in 1982, and despite having been convicted for drug smuggling in the Netherlands, and sentenced to 11 years.

Bouterse, who won the presidency with the help of two smaller parties after weeks of strenuous efforts by the opposition to stop him, has denied all charges and as head of state is immune from prosecution abroad, at least until the next election - scheduled for 2015.

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Suriname in Profile

Disputed by the Dutch and the English in the mid-17th century, Suriname was given to the former in the 1667 Treaty of Breda while the latter took New Amsterdam, a small trading post in North America, now better known as New York City. The country became independent in November 1975.

Suriname's half million or so inhabitants live mostly in a low-lying coastal strip. The remaining 80% of the country consists of lush tropical rainforest and savannah.

Some Business and General Info

GDP: $5.07bn (PPP - 2011 est.) - $8,949 per capita

Religions Hinduism, Islam, Christianity

Currency: Surinamese Dollar - $1 = 5.17 SRD

Telephone Code: + 597

Research Industry

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Overview of Trade and Industry

The backbone of Surinam's economy, accounting for the majority of its exports, is alumina, mined from its wealth of bauxite at low cost thanks to a US$150-million dam built by the Aluminum Company of America (Alcoa) in the 1960s. The majority of the country's labour force works in the services sector (78% in 2004). Aid from the Netherlands continues to be an important, if diminished, factor in the economy.

Aside from alumina, Surinam's exports of $1.391 billion (quite an old figure - 2006 est.) include gold, crude oil, lumber and various foodstuffs, and one half go to Canada (35.5%) and Belgium, with a further 20 percent split between the USA and UAE. Imports of $1.297 in the same year came from partners including the US and the Netherlands (50% between them) and included cap'tal equipment, oil, foodstuffs, cotton and consumer goods.

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