Suriname, officially The Republic of Suriname, is a beautiful country in Northern South America with a tropical and humid climate. It has an Atlantic Ocean coastline in the north and is surrounded by French Guyana 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 (about 500.000) lives mostly along the coast, concentrated in the capital city of Paramaribo and district Nickerie.
Suriname was formerly known as Dutch Guiana and was a colony of the Netherlands. It achieved independence on November 25th, 1975. Because of its colonial past Suriname has inherited beautiful wooden colonial buildings in Paramaribo and an interesting diversity of ethnic groups, cultures, religions, languages, customs and cuisines. The rich blend of ethnic groups (East-Indians, Indonesians, Creoles, Chinese and other ethnic groups) live harmoniously and are very friendly and hospitable.
As part of the Amazon Rainforest about 80% of the country is covered with pristine, uncultivated tropical rainforest just waiting to be explored. Several native Indian and Maroon villages can be found in the rainforest. The rainforest consists of a few nature reserves one of which is the large Central Suriname Nature Reserve, which covers 16,000 square kilometres and encloses the Raleighvallen, Tafelberg and Eilerts de Haan nature reserves. There are several tour operators that offer tours to the interior of Suriname.
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