About Suriname

Suriname is the smallest independent country in South America, and is located in the northern part of South America. Covering an area of just 163,821 km2, Suriname is a space of rolling hills, mangrove swamps, lush rainforests, and rivers.

Tourists and expats visit the country to explore its natural and cultural diversity. With a population of just over 552,000 people, the country is inhabited by several ethnicities including Creole, Maroon, East Indian, Japanese, and Chinese. Suriname’s official languages are Dutch, Bhojpuri and Javanese. Surinamese Dollar (SRD) is the official currency.

The former Dutch colony has maintained close ties with the Kingdom of the Netherlands — economic, cultural and diplomatic.The region’s economy is based primarily on the mineral and energy sectors, which amount to about 30% of the GDP. The capital of the country is Paramaribo — a city that has also been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its authentically colonial architecture. The city offers a broad range of activities for both travellers and expats with busy shopping streets, restaurants and fascinating nightlife. Just a few hours away from the capital, you will find dense untouched jungle and wide rivers providing an efficient way of getting around.

Other attractions include the Suriname Nature Reserve, Kasikasima Mountain, and the Garden of Palms. The mix of old architectural traditions, modern urban development and pristine nature make Suriname an enticing destination for both a short or long-term stay.

If you want to visit Suriname or set up a longer stay, make sure your visa papers are arranged in advance. Citizens of certain South American and Asian countries can travel to Suriname visa-free on a single entry, while European Union residents can receive a 90-day tourist card on arrival.