About Suriname

Suriname was a former Dutch colony that became independent in 1975. The country is situated on the Northeast coast of South America, with Guyana to the West, French Guiana to the East and Brazil to the South border the Republic of Suriname.

Suriname is one of the least populated tropical countries in the world with approximately 95 percent of its 500.000 inhabitants living in the capital city Paramaribo and in small villages located along the coast and riverbanks.

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Why Suriname?

  • friendly people 🙂
  • it is safe
  • we speak both Dutch and English
  • multi-cultural society
  • 90% pristine Amazon rainforest
  • authentic tourism product
  • various culinary specialties; Creole, East Indian, Javanese, Chinese…
  • nice weather, the sun always shines!
  • authentic Maroon-culture
  • many events

Amazon Rainforest

Suriname is ideally suited for the conservation of its unique neo tropical Rainforest biome. While Suriname is a relatively small country, internationally it is quite significant, because it has one of the highest percentages of tropical coverage in the world. Over 85 percent of the country is covered by pristine Amazon rainforest with under a 0.1 rate of destruction annually.

The country has a forest nine times the size of Costa Rica forest and more tropical forest than all but four African countries.

Plant & Animal life

Suriname has a vibrant animal and plant life in the largely uninhabited and undisturbed rainforest and it is has 13 natural reserves and one Nature Park. The countries wildlife includes at least 700 species of birds, 200 mammal species, 130 reptiles species, 99 amphibian species and countless botanical species, of which the majority has never been botanically surveyed.


With almost 3.000 miles of waterways, Suriname is also known for being a land of winding and turbulent rivers. Less known, but just as intriguing, are the rich savannahs, coastal plains and Swamplands. Suriname is also one of the few countries where the endangered Sea Turtles nest every year from February through August.

Each year thousands of baby sea turtles are born on the coastline of Suriname.


The official language is Dutch, but English is widely spoken along the coast. The local language in Suriname is “Sranan-Tongo”, a language composed of English, Dutch, French, Portuguese and African roots. In the interior the many different ethnic groups and tribes continue to speak their own language as well.


Suriname is a sunshine country with an average daytime temperature of 28 degrees. This is also the case in the interior, where the temperature drops to about 20 degrees at night. The tropical rainy season (the Green Season) is from mid-April to mid-July and a brief one lasts December-January. The two dry seasons are from mid-July to November and February to mid- April.


One Surinamese dollar equals 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of 100,=, 50,=, 20,=, 10,=, 5,= 2,50, and 1,=. Some stores in the city accept US dollars or Euro. Foreign currency can be changed at local banks or currency exchange offices called cambio’s.

A few hotels and companies accept credit cards such as ‘Visa’ and ‘Master’. Payments by traveler’s cheques and credit cards are charged with administration costs and are not generally accepted. It is advised to travel with cash in US-dollars or Euro.

Electric current

In Suriname 110/127- 220 volts and 60 cycles is used. In most parts of the interior there is no electricity.

Transportation to Suriname

Surinam Airways offers international and regional flights to Suriname from Miami (USA), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Belem (Brazil), Willemstad (Curacao), Oranjestad (Aruba) and Port of Spain (Trinidad). Other airlines offering services to Suriname are KLM, META, Insel Air and Caribbean Airlines.

Transportation in Paramaribo

Transport in the capital is by bus or taxi.

Note: taxis are not marked and have no taximeter. The hotels will be happy to arrange a taxi, though visitors are advised to ask for prices prior to departure.

Transport to and in the interior

Some places are very remote and can only to be reached by small aircraft. The primary mode of transportation in the interior is by dugout canoe (korjaal) or by foot. Excursions by dugout canoe are motorized.


It is safe to use tap water in the city. In the interior, the use of bottled water is advised.

Tourist Visa Card

Tourists can purchase several types of visas for Suriname. The most useful visa for our guests is the tourist visa card.

This can be purchased at the following locations:

  • upon departure from the Schiphol airport in the Netherlands
  • upon arrival at the international Airport (J.A. Pengel Airport) in Suriname
  • upon arrival at the Zorg and Hope airport

Note: The tourist visa card is only applicable for tourism purposes.

Citizens or nationals of the following countries can purchase a tourist visa card are:

  1. Belgium
  2. Bolivia
  3. Canada
  4. Chile
  5. Cuba
  6. Denmark
  7. Germany
  8. Estonia
  9. Finland
  10. France
  11. Greece
  12. Hungary
  13. Iceland
  14. Italy
  15. Latvia
  16. Liechtenstein
  17. Lithuania
  18. Luxemburg
  19. Malta
  20. The Netherlands
  21. Norway
  22. Austria
  23. Panama
  24. Paraguay
  25. Peru
  26. Portugal
  27. Singapore
  28. Slovenia
  29. Slovakia
  30. Spain
  31. Czech Republic
  32. Uruguay
  33. Venezuela
  34. United Kingdom
  35. United States of America
  36. Sweden
  37. Switzerland

For further information, please contact the local embassy or fill in the form for a visa on the embassy’s website.

Eventscalender Suriname 2016
date event description
01 January New Years Day The first day of the new year.
08 February Chinese New Year Cultural Chinese celebration.
07 – 09 February Carnaval Celebrations Carnaval… Southern-America style!
25 February Day of the Revolution National Event.
23 March Holi Phagwa Hindi New Year.
25 March Good Friday National Event.
27 March – 28 March Easter National Event
30 March – 02 April avond Vier Daagse A 4-day cultural walking parade.
01 May Labor Day Celebrated with lots of various festivities all around.
June Fete de la Musique Enjoy the Carribean Music!.
01 July Keti Koti Celebration of the Abolition of Slavery.
01 July Swimming Marathon Held in the Suriname River from Domburg to Paramaribo.
06 July Id-Ul-Fitre National Event.
09 August Day of the Indigenous Celebration of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous people.
11 September Id-Ul-Adha Moslim Offer fest.
10 October Day of the Marroons Celebration of the Day of the Maroon people.
Mid October Men’s Cook Out Food… made by man!
20 October Chinese Immigration Celebration Day of Chinese Immigration.
30 October Divali Hindi Light Fest.
End October Suriname Jazz Festival Several days South-American hot jazz!.
End October Salsuri Internation Salsa Festival.
End October Agricultural Trade fair A big National Fair.
November Savanna Rally Organized by the SARK.
November Running Marathon Surinams National Marathon.
25 November Independence Day Celebration of Surinams National Independence Day.
End November Annual Trade Fair Surinams famous Annual Trade Fair.
End December SuriFesta End of the Year Festival.
25 – 26 December Christmas Worldwide National Event.
31 December Pagara Estafette End of the Year closing with fireworks at the center of the city.
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