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Suriname

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Suriname

Flag of Suriname

Official languages
Capital
Dutch
Paramaribo
Area
Government
163,821 km2
republic
Population
Religion
558,368
48% Christianity, 22% Hinduism, 14% Islam
Time zone
Currency
UTC-3 (SRT)
Surinamese dollar
Demonym Surinamese

Suriname, also spelled as Surinam, is a country in South America. Suriname borders Guyana in the west, French Guiana in the east, Brazil in the south and the Caribbean Sea in the north. The capital is called Paramaribo and the official language is Dutch.

The country was a part of the Netherlands until 1975. Since then the country is independent, but there are close economic, cultural and political ties with the Netherlands. For example, there are living as much Surinamese people in the Netherlands as in Suriname itself.