Suriname Travel Overview

Suriname Travel Overview

Important facts

Capital: Paramaribo (See more on SIMPLYYELLOWPAGES.COM)

Official language: Dutch

Currency: dollar

Continent: South-South America

Suriname: melting pot of cultures

Suriname is a hospitable country. The Surinams are considered open and friendly. It is the smallest independent state in South America


According to Countryaah, the former colony of Dutch Guiana borders on Guyana, Brazil and French Guyana. Once under Dutch colonial rule, Dutch is still an important lingua franca in this country on the Atlantic Ocean.

Useful information

The best way to get to Suriname is from Amsterdam. From there there are flights to Paramaribo, the capital of Suriname, several times a week. The country, its culture and the cuisine are shaped by the different countries of origin of the former Dutch colonies. In addition to Indonesian and Indian dishes, you will also find African and Chinese dishes in Suriname.

Travel to Suriname

In addition to beach holidays and nature experiences, Suriname also offers a lot of adventure. The border river to French Guiana is worth a trip for anyone who would like to row through rapids.


Currency (sub-unit)

Dollars (100 cents)

ISO 4217 code

SRD / 968


Continent: South America

Region: south

Geo coordinates: N 3 ° 55 ‘9.5 ” W -56 ° -1’ -40″

Highest mountain: Wilhelmina Gebergte (1,286 m)

Total area: 163,270 km²

Mainland: 161,470 km²

National border: 1,707 km

Coastline: 386 km


Dependency: Netherlands until 1975

UN member since: 1975

Form of government: Militarist Republic

Houses of Parliament: unikameral

Party system: Multi-party system

State building: centralized

Political culture: Civic culture


Suriname GDP - gross domestic product

Export goods: Bauxite, clay, rice

BSP: $ 1,632,700,000

GDP: $ 2,083,000,000

GDP purchasing power parity: $ 3,160,000,000

Economic growth: 1.2%

Inflation rate: 11.4%

Unemployment: 8.5%

Foreign debt: $ 562,000,000

Electricity consumption: 1,986 million KWh

Oil reserves: 150 million m³

Oil production: 12,000 million m³

Oil consumption: 15,100 million m³

Cultivation area: 0.42%

Bovine: 156,000 pieces

Pigs: 22,000 pieces

Fishing: 21,000 t

Demographic data

Residents: 439.100

Residents in cities: 339,400

Minorities: 37% Hindustans (Indian origin), 31% Creoles, 15% Javanese, 10% Bosnians, 2% indigenous peoples, 2% Chinese, 1% whites

Average age: 26.5 years

0-14 years: 29%

15-64 years: 64.7%

> 65 years: 6.3%

Population growth: 0.2%

Birth rate: February 18 / 1,000 residents

Death rate: 7.27 / 1,000 residents

Migration: -8.76 / 1,000 residents

Ratio men / women: 1.04

Fertility: 2.32 children / woman

Infant mortality: 23.02 ‰

Life expectancy men: 66.66 years

Life expectancy women: 71.47 years

Country codes and abbreviations

ISO 3166 Alpha 2: SR

ISO 3166 Alpha 3: SUR

ISO 3166 numeric: 740

Top Level Domain: sr

IOC country code: SUR


Source: Abbreviationfinder


Telephone connections: 84,000

Cell Phones: 276,000


Paved roads: 1,391 km

Cars: 94,000

Merchant fleet (ships over 1,000 GRT): 1

Pipelines: 51


Number of doctors: 270

Daily food intake: 2,680 kcal / resident

HIV- infected people: 6,100


Illiteracy: 12%


Foundation: 1975

Last sovereign since: 1975


Main religious group: Christians

Distribution of religions: 27.4% Hindu, 25.2% Protestants, 22.8% Roman Catholic, 19.6% Muslim, 5% other


Prison inmates: 2,100


Armed forces (troop strength): 2,000

Defense Spending: $ 13.4 million


Arriving by plane

The national airline Surinam Airways (PY) (Internet: flies directly to Suriname via Amsterdam.

KLM (KL) also flies to Suriname. Caribbean Star Airlines (8B) (Internet: flies from London via Tobago to Suriname.

Flight times

There are no direct scheduled flights from Frankfurt, Vienna or Zurich. All European connections go via Amsterdam or London. Pure flight time from Frankfurt / M. to Paramaribo approx. 9 hours

Departure fee


Arrival by car

The coast road from Cayenne (French Guiana) leads to Suriname.

Arrival by ship

The main international port is Paramaribo.

Regular ferry connections over the rivers Suriname and Marowijne to French Guiana and over the Corantijn to Guyana.



Before going on excursions inland, you should find out exactly what the weather is like, as heavy rain can cause delays.



Before going on excursions inland, you should find out exactly what the weather is like, as heavy rain can cause delays.

Traveling by plane

Surinam Airways (PY) (Internet: operates flights inland and to Nieuw Nickerie from Paramaribo (Zorg en Hoop Airfield) and offers charter flights. Blue Wing Airlines

also offers charter flights (Internet:

On the way by car / bus

The road network is only partially developed, most of the roads are two-lane, narrow and sometimes winding. Because of the many sandy roads, potholes, roaming animals and the customary driving style, caution is advised in road traffic. Anyone traveling by car should have enough spare parts with them. There is left-hand traffic.

Inexpensive buses run from the capital to most of the villages. Buses are often overloaded.

do not have a meter, the fare should be agreed in advance. Relatively inexpensive taxis are available in the capital Paramaribo. Most of the time, taxis don’t leave after 10 p.m.

Rental cars are available at Paramaribo airport and through the brokerage of the larger hotels.

International driver’s license required.

On the go by train

There are currently no passenger trains in Suriname.

Out and about by ship

Suriname’s river system covers a total of 3000 km.

There are regular ferry connections from Paramaribo to Meerzorg and Reynsdorp, from Boskamp to Jenny and from Uitijk to Hamburg.

The canoe is a popular means of transport on the waterways in the country.