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Monkey in the Jungle of Suriname
Monkey in the Jungle of Suriname

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Suriname is a small country on the northeastern coast of South America. It's defined by vast swaths of tropical rainforest, Dutch colonial architecture and a melting-pot culture.
Photo by Vincent van Zalinge

SURINAME

South America

SURINAME

South America

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Capital: Paramaribo

Location: Northern South America, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between French Guiana and Guyana

Government: Republic of Suriname

Currency: Surinamese dollars (SRD)

Area: 163,820 sq km

Population: 614,749 (July 2021 est.)

Languages: Dutch (official), English (widely spoken), Sranang Tongo (Surinamese, sometimes called Taki-Taki, is the native language of Creoles and much of the younger population and is lingua franca among others), Caribbean Hindustani (a dialect of Hindi), Javanese

Religion: Protestant 23.6% (includes Evangelical 11.2%, Moravian 11.2%, Reformed .7%, Lutheran .5%), Hindu 22.3%, Roman Catholic 21.6%, Muslim 13.8%, other Christian 3.2%, Winti 1.8%, Jehovah's Witness 1.2%, other 1.7%, none 7.5%, unspecified 3.2% (2012 est.)

TimeZone: UTC-3

Tel Code: +597

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