About Suriname

Map of Suriname

Map of Suriname

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.

Suriname Photo Gallery

A small selection of pictures from Suriname.

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.

Take a look at the travel tips if you plan on visiting Suriname in the near future.

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Tour of the Paramaribo Zoo

Paramaribo Zoo

This virtual tour will take you through the Paramaribo Zoo located at the Letitia Vriesdelaan (formerly Cultuurtuinlaan), not too far from the city. The Paramaribo Zoo was founded in 1966 by Prime Minister Pengel and was officially opened in 1972. There are approximately 88 different animal species to see at the zoo, most of …

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Embed a virtual tour of Suriname on your own website

Planet Paramaribo as seen from the Wyndham Garden Hotel

It is now possible to embed a select few number of virtual tours of places in Suriname on your own website completely free of charge. If you have a website about Suriname, or maybe just a page on your website where you have some information about Suriname, embedding a virtual …

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J. A. Wijdenbosch Bridge at Night

Night View from the J.A. Wijdenbosch Bridge

This is the view from the Jules Albert Wijdenbosch bridge at night. Hear the sound of strong winds as you stand 52 meters (171 ft.) high atop the bridge with a great view across the Suriname river. To the west you can see the city of Paramaribo and to the east …

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Leaders Group Conference Facilities

Leaders Group Conference Facilities

Welcome to the Leaders Group conference room. Leaders Group exploits the most modern and advanced conference facilities in Suriname. Making use of highly advanced conference technology and comfortable surroundings, Leaders Group guarantees professional and convenient completion of conferences and/or special occasions such as workshops, business presentations, receptions, teach-ins, business parties, weddings or birthdays. Skilled staff …

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Don Dion Shoe Store

Don Dion

Don Dion is a shoe store located at the Hermitage Mall in Paramaribo, Suriname. Don Dion has a wide selection of footwear from casual to fashionable for men and women featuring top brands such as Naturalizer, Life Stride, Dr. Scholl’s, Sӧfft, Softspots, Osgood Marley, Mark Fisher and more. Don Dion also sells customized orthopedic …

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