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Suriname's Location in S. America Suriname, formerly Dutch Guiana, is located on the Caribbean coast of South America, between Guyana and French Guyana. Suriname is covered by large areas of biological diverse, tropical forest with some areas of savanna. The forests and the people who live in them are currently threatened by the Surinamese government's plans for large scale logging and mining.

Suriname has a small population of about 400 000 people. The offical language is Dutch, but many other languages are also spoken. Most Surinamese, about 85%, live in the coastal area, and almost all of them in Paramaribo. The forest is occupied by Maroons and Amerindians who live scattered along its major rivers. The northern coastal plain is farmed, mined and logged, and the area along most rivers is heavily used for subsistence agriculture in the interior.

Paramaribo Post Office The Dutch forced independence upon Suriname in 1975, but the bonds between Suriname and the Netherlands remain strong. The Netherlands, rather than any neighbouring country, is still Suriname's largest trading partner. Suriname is dependent upon mining and foreign aid for foreign exchange. About 200,000 people of Surinamese descent live in the Netherlands. These people informally contribute a large proportion of Suriname's foreign exchange every year, and their wealth, knowledge and connections are a valuable resource for Suriname.

Paramaribo Street w/ Colonial Houses General information on Suriname is available from the Suriname home page, the Info Over Suriname and The Complete Guide to Suriname are centers for Surinamese information on the internet, in both English and Dutch.

Lonely Planet's Destination Suriname, City.Net Travel, and InfoHub contain general travel information on Suriname. While Tourist guide for Suriname provides a more personal perspective.

The USA publishes bureaucratic and health information on Suriname. The Centers for Disease Control tropical South America health information, and travel advisories. While, the CIA world factbook contains statistical data on Suriname.

Eva in her Canoe Suriname's forest people, Amer-indians and maroons, have had land rights repeatedly recognized first by the Dutch, and then the Surinamese governments - as recently as 1992, but the city elite prefer to ignore the very existence of people in the interior. Recently the Surinamese government has been sold logging and mining rights to the interior of the country without the consent of the people who have occupied these lands for centuries. This arrogant attitude risks restarting the civil war that the 1992 peace agreements were meant to settle.

Information on the different Maroon groups in the interior from ethno-atlas project.

A River Scene The Foundation for a Sustainable Suriname is an environmental, non-governmental organization in Suriname that provides information on environmental issues in Suriname and news summaries of recent events.

Pictures and information on the animals, vegetation and people of Suriname's tropical forest can be found on Marton Bleeker's good web site.

Zoek smaakelijk eten! Statistical Information: The Inter-American Development Bank's description of Suriname, a list of approved projects in Suriname and basic socio-economic data.

The Organization of American States has recently been quite active in Suriname. It helped negotiate an end to the civil war and supervised this years elections. It offers several web resources on Suriname.

There is also on-line data on Suriname's inter-regional trade, Suriname's border disputes, and International Business practices in Suriname.

Paramaribo Street Governmental Information: The addresses of embassies in Suriname and Suriname's embassies abroad. Suriname's recently elected ruling party is the NDP. The USA's state department issues yearly reports on Human Rights Practices in Suriname .

Kids helping their Mom in the Cassava field on a Saturday Suriname Nature Sites: Coppename River Mouth Hemispheric Reserve for Shorebirds.

The beaches of Suriname are nesting grounds for several species of endangered sea turtles. Information on these beaches, over-harvesting and conservation is provided by Biotipic, a Dutch NGO.

Jan Hien Ribot has an excellent site on the Birds of Suriname.

Photos of Suriname by a Canadian video producer.


Surinamers on the Net

SuriNames keeps a list of people on the internet who are interested in Suriname. While, Suriname news and events are discussed on the Suriname mailing list.


The weather channel maintains a link to satellite cloud maps over the topical Atlantic Ocean.

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