Suriname is situated on the continent of South America.The country is bordered in the West by the former British colony Guyana, in the East by French Guyana, in the South by Brazil and in the North by the Atlantic Ocean. The geographical coordinates of Suriname are: 2 – 6 degrees latitude north, 54 –58 degrees longitude west.
The Capital city of Suriname is Paramaribo. It is located on the West Bank of the Suriname River. The UN Cultural Organization UNESCO has placed the historic inner city of Paramaribo on theWorld Heritage list. The historic inner city is recognized by its white-painted monumental buildings with foundation of red brick.
Suriname has a surface of approximately 164,000 sq kms. A large part of the country is covered by unspoiled tropical rainforest.
Suriname has approximately half a million inhabitants and its composition is varied. It consists of 35 % East Indian, 32 % Afro-Surinamese (Creoles), 15 % Indonesian (Javanese), 10 % Bush Negroes (Maroons, descendants of runaway slaves), Amerindians, Chinese, Dutch and others
The official language is Dutch. The colloquial language is Sranan Tongo with words originally from Africa, English, Portuguese and Dutch. Most people understand and speak English. A wide variety of other languages and dialects is spoken.
Tropical, very humid. Temperature 28 °C (80 °F). Short dry season: early February – late April; short rainy season: May – mid-August; long dry season: mid-August – early December; long rainy season December – January
The Surinamese Dollar (SRD) is the official currency and is equal to 100 cents. Some hotels and large department stores accept foreign currency and credit cards. Foreign currency can safely be exchanged in commercial banks and cambios. With some bank passes , one can acquire Suriname Dollars at the automatic cash machines.
Almost everywhere there is 110/127 volt 60 hertz. The larger hotels generally also have 220 volt connections.
Suriname has left-hand traffic. The National Transportation Company as well as private bus operators provide public transportation. In addition, there are several taxi companies and car rental companies.
Telephone booths are located at various places in Paramaribo, along the coastal area and some interior villages. It is also practical to bring along a sim-lock free cell phone. Simcards are available at various phone shops. Callingcards can be bought at many phone shops and supermarkets. The international code for Suirname is: 00597.
For internet services one can visit an internet cafe or visit one of the locations with WiFi options or activate internet for your cell phone with a local simcard.
Paramaribo, Wanica, Commewijne, Saramacca, Para and Nickerie have various hotels, pensions, guesthouses and vacation houses for rental. In the interior accommodations consists of simple guesthouses / lodges and even luxurious resorts.
There is a wide variety of restaurants and eating houses. You can enjoy tasty and delicious javanese,Chinese, Creole, Hindi, Korean and Dutch food or choose from the international menu.
Tap water is clean and safe. Good quality bottled water is also available at local stores.
A valid passport is needed and if required a valid visa.Citizens from the following countries and persons of Surinamese origin can enter Suriname with a touristcard:
A touristcard is valid for 90 days and can only be used for a single entry. A touristcard can be purchased at the embassy and consulate of Suriname, and Schiphol international airport in Holland. The touristcard can be purchased for € 20 or $ 25.
The following countries are not required to have a visa to enter Suriname:
- Antigua & Barbuda
- Bahamas ( uptil 90 days)
- Malaysia ( For a period less than 30 days)
- Netherland Antillies
- St.Kitts & Nevis
- St.Vincent & the Grenadines
- Trinidad & Tobago
- South Korea
- Suriname embassy in the United States at 4301 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 460, Washington, DC 20008 (tel. 202-244-7488 ; fax. 202-244-5878).
- There also is a Suriname consulate general at 6303 Blue Lagoon Drive, Suite 325, Miami, FL 33126 (tel. 305-265-4655 , fax. 305-265-4599).
- Surinamese Consulate Amsterdam – Tel.: 00-31-(0)20-6426137 or 00-31-(0)20-6426717. Fax: 00-31-(0)20- 6465311. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org .
For more information go to: Embassies & Consulates Suriname