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Suriname - dance - s.p. photo

Suriname - she is not riding on the boom - y.m. photo

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Suriname - soldiers

Background

Suriname - national flag

Destination in brief

Suriname is a country in the northern part of South America. Neigbors: Guyana (west), French Guiana (east), Brazil (south). Suriname has a coast along the Atlantic Ocean.

Suriname was a Dutch colony (Dutch Guayana). The country gained independence in 1975.

Population (in 2020): 585,000 -37% East Indians (descended from 19th century contract workers who arrived from India), 31%  Suriname Creoles (mixed descendants of West African slaves and primarily Dutch Europeans), 15% Javanese (descended from contract workers from the Dutch East Indies on Java, Indonesia), 10% Surinamese Maroons (descended from escaped West African slaves)

There are approximately 328,000 Surinamese living in the Netherlands, more than the half of Suriname's population.  

Size: 163,821 km² (63,251.6 mi²) -  Surname is the smallest independent country in South America  (French Guiana is smaller, but not an independent state)

Capital city: Paramaribo

Languages: Dutch is the official language, and an English-based creole language, the Sranan Tongo is the common (bridge) language (lingua franca)

Religions: 52,3 % Christians (Protestant, Anglican, Roman Catholic), 19% Hindus, 14,5% Muslim, 

Form of government: presidential republic

Currency: Suriname dollar (SRD) 

Average net monthly salary (in 2020): 320 USD (in French Guiana: 1350 USD)

Most common surname: Lin

Nowadays

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Suriname - contrast - y.m. photo

Paramaribo - Mosque Keizerstraat and Neveh Shalom Synagoge side by side - m.a. photo

People

The different descendants of those native (Amerindians), white (mostly Dutch and English, Jewish), black, Indonesian , Indian, Chinese, Lebanese people live in harmony (ps this is the order in which they came). Don't get me wrong. There is racism especially between blacks and Indians. Although there are almost no pure negroes, only in the interior. Those are descendants of run away slaves called maroons but some don't like to be called that. Some prefer bush negroes but some also don’t like to be called that.

People are very modern, but on their national holidays and religious occasions they wear the traditional garments of their group.

The exslaves were denied their language, clothes etc so they developed a totally unique language (Surinamese) and garments (koto and anisa). Most people speak it. In fact everyone speaks at least two or more languages.

Suriname - people - y.m. photo

Suriname - women - y.m. photo

Suriname - little boy - y.m. photo

Suriname - girlish smile - y.m. photo

Suriname - locals - y.m. photo

Suriname - locals - y.m. photo

Attractions

Paramaribo

Suriname - Paramaribo - Dutch colonial homes - m.a. photo

Suriname - Paramaribo - Presidential Palace - m.a. photo

Paramaribo - Ministry of Finance building - m.a. photo

Paramaribo - Waterkant (Riverside Boulevard) - m.a. photo

Suriname - Paramaribo - St. Peter&Paul Cathedral-Casilica - largest wooden structure in the Western Hemisphere - m.a. photo

Paramaribo - Arya Dewaker Hindu Temple - m.a. photo

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