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Republic of Suriname

Local Official Name Republiek Suriname

Location northeastern coast of South America
Bordered By Guyana, French Guiana, Brazil

location of Suriname

map of Suriname

Area 63,251 sq mi (163,820 sq km)
Greatest Distance N-S 285 mi (459 km)
Greatest Diastance N-S 280 mi (451 km)
Coastline 226 mi (364 km)
Highest Point
Juliana Top; 4,218 ft (1,286 m)
Lowest Point sea level
Natural Resources bauxite, gold, diamonds

Nationality Surinamer
Population (July 2016 est)
585,824
Largest Cities Paramaribo
Ethnic Groups
Hindustani, Creole, Javanese, "Maroons"
Languages Dutch (official), English, Stranang Tongo, Caribbean Hindustani, Javanese
Religions Hindu, Protestant, Roman Catholic, Muslim

Capital Paramaribo
Form of Government republic
Chief of State and Head of Government President
Desire Delano Bouterse (since August 12, 2010)
Cabinet appointed by the President
Legislature unicameral National Assembly
Judiciary High Court of Justice
Local Government 10 districts

Currency dollar (SRD)
Per Capita Income
$16,300
Principal Industries
bauxite and gold mining, alumina production; oil, lumbering, food processing, fishing
Agricultural Products
rice, bananas, palm kernels, coconuts, plantains, peanuts; beef, chickens; shrimp; forest products
Export Commodities
alumina, gold, crude oil, lumber, shrimp and fish, rice, bananas
Import Commodities
capital equipment, petroleum, foodstuffs, cotton, consumer goods

Independence from the Netherlands Achieved November 25, 1975
National Holiday
Independence Day; November 25
Flag
4ed stands for progress and love; green symbolizes hope and fertility; white signifies peace, justice, and freedom; the star represents the unity of all ethnic groups; from its yellow light the nation draws strength to bear sacrifices patiently while working toward a golden future

flag of Suriname

SEE ALSO
Guyana
Brazil

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