SURINAME IN FACTS:
Location: 2-6 degrees NB, 54 - 58 degrees WL
Surface: Approx. 164.000 square kilometers
Population: Approximately 480,000 inhabitants
Ethnic groups: East Indians, Afro-Suriname (Creoles), Maroons (Bushnegroes),
Javanese, Indigenous people, Chinese, Lebanese, Jews, Europeans and others.
Religion: 27% Hinduism, 25% Protestant, 23% Roman Catholic,
20% Islam, 5% other.
Capital: Paramaribo (approximately 250.000 inhabitants)
Form of Government: Democratic Republic headed by a
President. Suriname became independent on the 25th of November 1975.
Languages: Dutch is the official language. The lingua franca is Sranan Tongo. Mostly everyone speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese and other languages are also spoken by some.
Climate: Tropical. High Humidity. Temperature is on average 28 degrees C. Short dry season: from February through April; Long rainy season: from May to Mid August; Long dry season; from Mid August though November; Short rainy season; from December through January.
Currency: Surinamese dollar (SRD)
Time zone: The time in Suriname is 2 hours later than Eastern Standard Time (EST) in the USA and 3 hours earlier that Greenwhich Mean Time (GMT) in Europe.
(source: "Sustainable Tourism in Suriname", Suriname Destination Brochure 2004/2005 issued by the Suriname Tourism Foundation)
Interesting sites on Suriname to visit:
Suriname Tourism Foundation
Access Suriname Travel
Danpaati River Lodge
Yellow Pages Caribbean