The Surinamese Flag
The Surinamese Flag
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General Information
Suriname has a current population of about 425,000 people with mostly Amerindian, African, East-Indian, Indonesian, Chinese, and Dutch origins, with an average per capita income of $4,500 US dollars. The top three industries in Suriname are The major industries are gold mining, aluminum production, lumber, and food processing. The most commonly spoken language is Dutch, although English is also spoken in some of the fanciest resorts and richest areas. The local dialect is Sranang Tongo (Surinamese, sometimes called Taki-Taki). East-Indians communicate in Sarnami Hindostani (a dialect of Hindi) and Indonesians speak Javanese. 40.7 percent of the population of Suriname is Christian, (includes including Roman Catholics and other Protestant groups—among them Moravian, Lutheran, Dutch Reformed, Evangelical, Baptist, and Methodist. 20 percent of the population is Hindu, 13.5 percent is Muslim, 3.3 percent follow indigenous religions, 15 percent claim to not know their religion, 4.4 percent claim no faith, and 2.5 percent declare unspecified faith.

Dési Bouterse
Dési Bouterse
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Suriname is a Constitutional Democracy, and the current President is Dési Bouterse. Dési Bouterse was previously a dictator of Suriname before it became a Democracy, and is a former coup leader, convicted drug trafficker and accused murderer. Bouterse‘s return to power has people in ethnically diverse Suriname and abroad wondering whether it also will mean a return to the dark days of the past, when human rights were trampled and isolated Suriname was a launching pad for drugs bound for the United States and Europe.

Surinamese money


The currency in Suriname is tknown as the Surinamese Dollar, one of which is worth .3 US dollars.

Farida Van den Stoom
Farida Van den Stoom

Famous People

Farida Van den Stoom was born on April 21, 1974 in Paramaribo, Suriname. She is an actress most famous for her role in the film 'Blue Moon'.

Travel Suggestions

There are many fun things to do when visiting Suriname. There are many vibrant local farmer's markets and plenty of friendly villages to visit. At the same time, there are certain safety measures that are crucial for you to remember during your trip. Going into the streets alone. especially at night, could lead to a tragedy, so try to avoid leaving of your hotel at night. There are many vaccinations that are necessary before you leave, including yellow fever, cholera, tetanus and hepatitis A. Malaria prophylaxis should also be taken; it is preferable to take your own rather than relying on obtaining them in Suriname. Mosquitos can be, at certain times, be ferocious. Taking a mosquito net into is advisable. HIV/AIDS is also prevalent. Drinking water in Paramaribo is safe, but ask before drinking water in outlying areas. Swimming can also be hazardous because of poisonous fish. Again, ask first before swimming.

A great way to spend the day in Suriname would be to spend some time absorbing the local culture. In the morning Afternoon city tour with a drive through the different areas of the city. Paramaribo with its unique blend of architecture, cultures, and religion is one of the few places in the world where Moslem Mosques, Hindu Temples, Jewish Synagogues and Christian churches peacefully coexist side by side. Also visit the Central Market, the largest in the Caribbean.
A great way to experience nature and culture is to do one of the Suriname tours into the Amazon jungle and get to know the amazing flora and fauna as well as the indigenous cultures of indians and marrons, descending from escaped African slaves.


Local Food

Here is a delicious dish from Suriname known as Roti, a kind of flatbread.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
  • 2 1/2 cups self-rising flour, or 2 cups self-rising flour and 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup warm water
  • Vegetable oil for pan
  • Melted butter

  1. Place flour(s) in a bowl. Mix in the 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil.
  2. Add water slowly, stirring as you go, until dough starts to come together. Keep stirring, adding a little more water if dough is still dry, until dough forms a ball.
  3. Turn dough out onto counter and knead, adding a little flour if the dough is too sticky. Dough should be soft, but not sticky enough to stick to your hands or the counter.
  4. Let dough rest for 10 minutes, covered with a damp cloth.
  5. Roll out dough in a large circle, about 1/4" thickness. Spread about 1 teaspoon vegetable oil over the surface of the dough. Roll the dough up into a long roll.
  6. Cut the dough into 10 spirals. Roll each spiral out flat into a 6 inch circle. Let circles rest, covered with damp cloth, for 5 minutes.
  7. Heat a flat heavy griddle or skillet (a cast iron skillet or crepe pan works well) over low to medium heat.
  8. Roll the first circle of dough out as thin as possible (to about an 8-9 inch diameter circle).
  9. Add about 1 teaspoon oil to the skillet. Place dough in hot skillet. Cook until bread puffs up and turns light brown on the skillet side. Slide bread to the each of the pan with your fingers, and quickly flip to brown the other side (about 1-2 minutes).
  10. Remove from heat and place roti in a colinder to cool. Cover roti with a damp towel while you cook the rest. Add more oil to the skillet as needed.
  11. Roti can be reheated just like tortillas: in a low oven, wrapped in foil, or in the microwave covered with a damp cloth. Brush roti with melted butter before serving, if desired.

Makes 10 6-8 inch rotis

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