Lying 2 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.
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.