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Country name:

conventional long form: Republic of Suriname
conventional short form: Suriname
local long form: Republiek Suriname
local short form: Suriname
former: Netherlands Guiana, Dutch Guiana






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



total: 163,270 sq km
land: 161,470 sq km
water: 1,800 sq km




436,935 (July 2004 est.)



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


Economy- Overview:



bauxite and gold mining, alumina production, oil, lumbering, food processing, fishing


Exports - commodities:

alumina, crude oil, lumber, shrimp and fish, rice, bananas


Imports - commodities:

capital equipment, petroleum, foodstuffs, cotton, consumer goods


Exchange rates:


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