Suriname is the smallest country in South America. It’s situated on the northeast coast, nestled between Guyana, French Guiana, and Brazil. It’s connected by three principal rivers: the Corantijn, the Marowijne, and the Suriname—on which the capital city of Paramaribo can be found.
More than 95% of the landscape is covered in lush rainforest, including an abundance of unexplored tracts of wilderness. With some of the most pristine ecosystems, Suriname is considered to be one of the greenest and most biodiverse countries in the world.
Suriname is also very ethnically diverse. The people are descendants of African slaves, Dutch and British colonialists, Indians (Hindus), Chinese, Indonesian indentured laborers, and indigenous Amerindians. The majority of the ~550,000 people live in cities along the North Atlantic. Their relatively modern way of life is juxtaposed by the traditional lifestyle of the tribal settlements along the rivers in the forest-dense interior. Of course, this rich cultural diversity has spawned a colorful mix of languages and traditions.
Suriname is a place for discovery like no other. It’s a destination for those who want to experience unspoiled beauty and biodiversity, connect with people of diverse backgrounds, appreciate the harmonious way that different cultures live together, and honor the symbiotic relationship between the culture and nature that helps to make Suriname so pristine.