to 5 degrees north of the equator, Suriname has a very
hot tropical climate, and temperatures do not vary much
throughout the year. The year has two wet seasons, from
April to August and from November to February. It also
has two dry seasons, from August to November and
February to April.
Surinamese society is one of the most multilingual in
the world. Dutch is the sole official language, and is
the language of education, government, business and the
media. Over 60 percent of the population speak it as a
mother tongue, and most of the rest speak it as a second
The Suriname dollar, denoted by SRD (no
longer SRG), is the official currency of Suriname.
Introduced on January 1, 2004, the currency is comprised
of 1000 Suriname guilders.
The population of Suriname in 2003 was
estimated by the United Nations at 436, 000, which placed
it as number 164 in population among the 193 nations of
the world. In that year approximately 5% of the
population was over 65 years of age, with another 33% of
the population under 15 years of age.
Paramaribo (nickname: Par′bo) is the
capital and largest city of Suriname, located on banks
of the Suriname River in the Paramaribo District.
Paramaribo has a population of roughly 250, 000 people,
more than half of Suriname's population.
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