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Suriname

Background

Suriname

First explored by the Spaniards in the 16th century and then settled by the English in the mid-17th century, Suriname became a Dutch colony in 1667. With the abolition of slavery in 1863, workers were brought in from India and Java. Independence from the Netherlands was granted in 1975. Five years later the civilian government was replaced by a military regime that soon declared a socialist republic. It continued to exert control through a succession of nominally civilian administrations until 1987, when international pressure finally forced a democratic election. In 1990, the military overthrew the civilian leadership, but a democratically elected government - a four-party coalition - returned to power in 1991. The coalition expanded to eight parties in 2005 and has continued to rule since.

About

Suriname, formerly the colony of Netherlands Guiana or Dutch Guiana, is a country in Northern South America. It has a North Atlantic Ocean coastline in the north and is surrounded by French Guiana to the east, Brazil to the south and Guyana to the west. It is the smallest independent country on the South American continent. The relatively small population lives mostly along the coast.

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SurinameBergendal Eco & Cultural River Resort 

Bergendal
Brokopondo
Suriname

Price (US$): $135 - $146 / night

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Location. Located in Brokopondo, Bergendal Eco & Cultural River Resort is on a river. Property Features. Bergendal Eco & Cultural River Resort features a restaurant, a poolside bar, and a bar/lounge. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool. This 3.5 star property has a business center and offers a meeting/conference room, audiovisual equipment, and business services. Additional property amenities include a terrace, multilingual staff, and tour/ticket assistance. Guestrooms. 45… more »

SurinameWyndham Garden Paramaribo 

Domineestraat 7-9
Paramaribo
Suriname

Price (US$): $111 - $136 / night

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Location. Wyndham Garden Paramaribo is located in Paramaribo, close to St. Peter and St. Paul Cathedral, Independence Square, and Presidential Palace. Nearby points of interest also include Palmentuin Park and Fort Zeelandia. Hotel Features. Dining options at Wyndham Garden Paramaribo include 2 restaurants. Room service is available during limited hours. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a health club, a spa tub, and a sauna. This 3.5 star property has a 24 hour business center… more »

SurinameHotel Krasnapolsky Downtown Paramaribo 

Domineestraat 39
Downtown Paramaribo
Paramaribo
Suriname

Price (US$): $86 - $202 / night

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Location. Hotel Krasnapolsky Downtown Paramaribo is located in central Paramaribo, close to St. Peter and St. Paul Cathedral, Independence Square, and Presidential Palace. Nearby points of interest also include Palmentuin Park and Fort Zeelandia. Hotel Features. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool. Wireless Internet access (surcharge) is available in public areas and the hotel has an Internet point. This Paramaribo property has event space consisting of a conference center,… more »

SurinameSheva Hotel 

Hofstedecrull'laan 9
Paramaribo
Suriname

Price (US$): $100 - $213 / night

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Location. Sheva Hotel is a business friendly hotel located in Paramaribo, close to Palmentuin Park, Presidential Palace, and Independence Square. Additional points of interest include Fort Zeelandia and St. Peter and St. Paul Cathedral. Hotel Features. Sheva Hotel features a restaurant and a bar/lounge. The hotel serves a complimentary hot and cold buffet breakfast. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool and a fitness facility. Spa amenities include beauty services and a hair salon.… more »

SurinameCourtyard by Marriott Paramaribo 

Anton Dragtenweg 52-54
Paramaribo
Suriname

Price (US$): $129 - $176 / night

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Location. Courtyard by Marriott Paramaribo is a business friendly hotel located in Paramaribo, close to Palmentuin Park, Fort Zeelandia, and Presidential Palace. Additional points of interest include Independence Square and St. Peter and St. Paul Cathedral. Hotel Features. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool and a 24 hour fitness facility. This 3 star property has a 24 hour business center and offers small meeting rooms, limo/town car service, and business services. Complimentary… more »

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Suriname

Full name
Republic of Suriname
Capital
Paramaribo
Location

Northern South America, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between French Guiana and Guyana

Geographic coordinates

4 00 N, 56 00 W

Area comparative

slightly larger than Georgia

Border countries

Brazil 593 km, French Guiana 510 km, Guyana 600 km

Coastline

386 km

Climate

tropical; moderated by trade winds

Terrain

mostly rolling hills; narrow coastal plain with swamps

Lowest point

unnamed location in the coastal plain -2 m

Highest point

Juliana Top 1,230 m

Natural resources

timber, hydropower, fish, kaolin, shrimp, bauxite, gold, and small amounts of nickel, copper, platinum, iron ore

Population

486,618 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

Hindustani (also known locally as "East Indians"; their ancestors emigrated from northern India in the latter part of the 19th century) 37%, Creole (mixed white and black) 31%, Javanese 15%, "Maroons" (their African ancestors were brought to the country in the 17th and 18th centuries as slaves and escaped to the interior) 10%, Amerindian 2%, Chinese 2%, white 1%, other 2%

Religions

Hindu 27.4%, Protestant 25.2% (predominantly Moravian), Roman Catholic 22.8%, Muslim 19.6%, indigenous beliefs 5%

Languages

Dutch (official), English (widely spoken), Sranang Tongo (Surinamese, sometimes called Taki-Taki, is native language of Creoles and much of the younger population and is lingua franca among others), Caribbean Hindustani (a dialect of Hindi), Javanese

Government type

constitutional democracy

Independence

25 November 1975 (from the Netherlands)

National holiday

Independence Day, 25 November (1975)

Chief of state

President Desire Delano BOUTERSE (since 12 August 2010); Vice President Robert AMEERALI (since 12 August 2010); note - the president is both the chief of state and head of government

Head of government

President Desire Delano BOUTERSE (since 12 August 2010); Vice President Robert AMEERALI (since 12 August 2010)

Internet country code

.sr

Internet users

163,000 (2009)

Airports

51 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Paramaribo, Wageningen

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