Suriname 2006

Suriname 2006

Yearbook 2006

Suriname. Unusually violent downpours during the month of May caused heavy flooding, leaving three casualties, 37,000 injured and 22,000 homeless. The most affected areas in the central and southeastern parts of the country, totaling 30,000 km 2, were declared as disaster areas. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Suriname include Independence Day (November 25) and New Year (January 1). The rescue work was made more difficult by the fact that they are located in the inaccessible inland surrounding the Surinames, Tapanahonis, Lawas and Marowijnes upper rivers.

A series of thefts of hundreds of weapons from military outlets and police stations in Suriname gained an international dimension during the year when a Brazilian commission of inquiry revealed extensive arms trafficking in South America with stolen Surinamese weapons. The Commission claimed that high-ranking Surinamese militaries were involved in the operation. The buyers of the weapons must have been the FARC guerrillas in Colombia and criminal organizations in Brazil.

Suriname Map with Surrounding Countries

Suriname Overview

Suriname is the smallest independent state on the continent of South America, surrounded by neighboring Guyana, Brazil, and French Guiana. Tropical Suriname is the dream of the adventurous traveler. The climate is warm and humid all year round and the average annual temperature is around 27 degrees. Suriname is known for its lush nature and the country has many parks and nature reserves that make it easy to explore the country’s unique nature. Various holidays are often celebrated in the country, due to the abundance of religions and languages.

Area: 163,820 km²

Population: 609,569 (estimate 7/2020)

Capital: Paramaribo

Population: Indians are the largest population group in Suriname. Other groups include e.g. Creoles and Javanese.

Language: Dutch (official language)

Religion: Hinduism, Protestantism, Catholicism and Islam are the largest religions in the country.

Main products: Bauxite, oil and gold

Form of government: Republic