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Capital: Paramaribo


Total Population: 558,368
Natural Increase: 0.9%
Density: 4 Inhabitants/km²
Urban Population: 66.0%
Ethnic Origins: Hindustani (also known locally as 'East Indians', descendants from northern Indians) represent about 37% of the population, with Creole (mixed European and Afro-Americans) representing about 31%, Javanese 15%, 'Maroons' (descendants from Africans) 10%, Amerindians 2%, Chinese 2%, Europeans 1% and other about 2%.
Official Language: Dutch
Other Languages Spoken: English, Sranang Tongo, Caribbean Hindustani (a dialect of Hindi), Javanese, and others.
Business Language(s): English
Religion: Hindu 27.4%, Protestant 25.2% (predominantly Moravian), Roman Catholic 22.8%, Muslim 19.6%, Indigenous beliefs 5%.
Literacy Rate: 89.6%
National Currency: Surinam Dollar (SRD)
Exchange rate (average of the last 30 days):
1 SRD = 0.1148 EUR

Country Overview

Area: 163,820 km²
Type of State: Democratic Republic.
Type of Economy: Lower-middle-income economy.
An economy which is based essentially on the production of bauxite.
HDI*: 0.714/1
HDI (World Rank): 103/188

Note: (*) The HDI, Human Development Index, is an Indicator Which Synthesizes Several Data Such as Life Expectancy, Level of Education, Professional Careers, Access to Culture etc.


Telephone Code:
To call from Suriname, dial 00
To call Suriname, dial +597
Internet Suffix: .sr
Telephone Lines: 15.5 per 100 Inhabitants
Internet Users: 34.7 per 100 Inhabitants
Access to Electricity: 100% of the Population

Foreign Trade in Figures

Foreign Trade Indicators 20122013201420152016
Imports of Goods (million USD) 1,9942,1742,0122,0301,210
Exports of Goods (million USD) 2,6952,3942,1451,6801,280
Imports of Services (million USD) 611589800713565
Exports of Services (million USD) 160165198167165

Source: WTO – World Trade Organisation, 2017


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