Travel Information for Suriname
Time zone:GMT -3 (Suriname standard time) Daylight savings:    None
Main languages:Dutch, English, Sranang Tongo Other languages:    Hindustani, Javanese
Currency: Surinamese dollars (SRD)

1 = $8.20, $1 = $7.35, £1 = $9.77

(rates as of Sep 2016)

Internet Domain:.srInternational Dialling Code:    597

For help planning your trip to Suriname including visas, vaccinations, currency exchange, flights, accomodation and insurance, see our Suriname trip planning page.

Further information on Suriname

Discover more about Suriname - the country's geogrpahy and natural features, an assessment of its status on freedom and rights and data on the country's population and economy.

Geography & Natural Features

Map of suriname

Total area: 163,270 sq km (1,800 sq km under water)

Coastline: 386 km (Atlantic Ocean)

Neighbours (border lengths): Brazil (593km), Guyana (600km), French Guiana (510km)

Climate: Tropical climate, hot and humid all year round.

Highest mountain: Juliana Top (1,230m)

Freedom & Rights

Summary status and rankings for Suriname from classifications of different organisations measuring political and economic freedom, democracy and civil rights. See more details of these rankings.

Freedom in the WorldFree -
Democracy IndexFlawed democracy 53/167
Economic FreedomMostly Unfree 129/179
Press FreedomSatisfactory situation 29/179
ILGA LGBT rightsLimited rights -
Corruption PerceptionsMedium corruption 100/174
Overall Ranking:    77/195

Other Data & Links

Full name: Republic of Suriname     Status: Independent Country

Population: 573,311 (rank: 165/196)     Density: 3.5 people/sq km (rank: 187/196)

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%

GDP (PPP): $7.12 billion       GDP per capita: $12,900 (rank: 78/195)

Information derived from the CIA World Factbook. Other country profiles: BBC News.