Suriname. As a result of last year’s economic collapse and mounting criticism of President Jules Wijdenbosch, a new election was held for Parliament on May 25. The election was a huge success for the opposition Four-party Alliance New Front, led by former President Runaldo Ronald Venetiaan, who won 33 of 51 seats in the National Assembly, three times as many as the former dictator Desi Bouterses Millennium Combinatie. On August 12, Venetiaan assumed the post of Prime Minister.
As a first regional test of the so-called Pinochet precedent, the Netherlands Prosecutor in January brought charges against Bouterse for torture during his time as dictator in the 1980s.
- ABBREVIATIONFINDER: Offers three letter and two letter abbreviations for the country of Suriname. Also covers country profile such as geography, society and economy.
Area: 163,820 km2 (world ranking: 90)
Population density: 3 per km2 (as of 2017, world ranking: 166)
Official languages: Dutch
Gross domestic product: US $ 3.3 billion; Real growth: 0.1%
Gross national product (GNP, per resident and year): 6020 US$
Currency: 1 Suriname dollar (SRD) = 100 cents
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Head of State and Government: Desiré Delano BouterseMichael Ashwin Adhin, Exterior: Yildiz Pollack-Beighle
National holiday: 25.11.
9 districts and capital district
State and form of government
Constitution of 1987
Parliament: National Assembly (De Nationale Assemblée) with 51 members, election every 5 years
Election of the head of state. all 5 years by Parliament
Voting age 18 years
Population: Surinamese, last census in 2012. 541,638 residents
37% Indian, 31% of European-African (Creole), 15% Javanese, 10% of African (Maroons), 2% indigenous, 2% Chinese descent and other
Cities (with population): (As of 2012) Paramaribo 240,924 inh., Koewarasan 27,713, De Nieuwe Grond 26,161, Lelydorp 18,663, Houttuin 15,656, Kwatta 14,151, Nieuw Nickerie 13,842
Religions: 48% Christians, 22% Hindus, 14% Muslims; indigenous religions (as of 2006)
Languages: 40% Dutch, 32% Hindi, 15% Javanese and others as well as Sranang-Tongo, Saramaccan (Creole); English
Workers by economic sector: agriculture. 3%, industry 24%, business. 73% (2017)
Unemployment (in% of all labor force): no information
Inflation rate (in%): 2017: 22.0%
Foreign trade: Import: 1.3 billion US$ (2017); Export: US $ 2.1 billion (2017)
According to COUNTRYAAH, the population of Suriname in 2000 was 470,838, ranking number 167 in the world. The population growth rate was 1.280% yearly, and the population density was 3.0189 people per km2.