Suriname

THE PEOPLE

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ESTIMATED POPULATION 2017
AREA

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SQ MILES

DATE JOINED CARICOM

4 July 1974

ALSO KNOW AS

Beating Heart of the Amazon

LOCATION

Suriname is situated on the north-eastern coast of South America. It is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the North, Guyana on the West, French Guiana on the East and Brazil on the South.

STATUS

Independent Republic – 25 November 1975

Suriname Country Flag

HISTORY

Amerindians inhabited the country up to the 15th century. Settlers came from England, The Netherlands, France and Germany among others. African slaves, indentured labourers from India, Indonesia and China were brought to Suriname during the 18th century. Struggle for possession by the French, British and Dutch ended with control by the Netherlands in 1815. Slavery was abolished in 1863. The country gained independence in 1975. In February 1980, a military coup brought commander Desi Bouterse into power. In 1987 national elections were held and democracy was restored. In October 1997, an attempt to overthrow the government was foiled.

MOTTO

Justitia, Pietas, Fides (Justice, Compassion, Loyalty)

CAPITAL

Paramaribo

CURRENCY

Surinamese Dollar

AIRPORT

Johan Adolph Pengel International, Zanderij

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