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 Suriname
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Area: 163,265 sq km (63,037 sq miles)
Population: 534,000 (UN, 2012)
Capital City: Paramaribo
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Overview
Government Type Constitutional democracy
Independence 25 November 1975 (from the Netherlands)
Constitution ratified 30 September 1987; effective 30 October 1987
Legal system Based on Dutch legal system incorporating French penal theory; accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction with reservations
Suffrage 18 years of age; universal
Executive Branch

Head of state: President Desire Delano BOUTERSE (since 12 August 2010); Vice President Robert AMEERALI (since 12 August 2010); note - the president is both the chief of state and head of government

Head of government: President Desire Delano BOUTERSE (since 12 August 2010); Vice President Robert AMEERALI (since 12 August 2010)

Cabinet: Cabinet of Ministers appointed by the president

Elections: president and vice president elected by the National Assembly or, if no presidential or vice presidential candidate receives a two-thirds constitutional majority in the National Assembly after two votes, by a simple majority in the larger United People's Assembly (893 representatives from the national, local, and regional councils), for five-year terms (no term limits); election last held on 19 July 2010 (next to be held in 2015)

Election results: Desire Delano BOUTERSE elected president; percent of vote - Desire Delano BOUTERSE 70.6%, Chandrikapersad SATOKHI 25.5%, other 3.9%

Legislative Branch

unicameral National Assembly or Nationale Assemblee (51 seats; members elected by popular vote to serve five-year terms)

Elections: last held on 25 May 2015 (next to be held in May 2020)

Election results: percent of vote by party - Mega Combination 45.1%, New Front 27.5%, A-Com 13.7%, People's Alliance 11.8%, DOE 1.9%; seats by party - Mega Combination 23, New Front 14, A-Com 7, People's Alliance 6, DOE 1

Judicial Branch Cantonal Courts and a Court of Justice as an appellate court (justices are nominated for life); member of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ)
Country Studies
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BBC News Profile - Suriname
A guide to history, politics and economic background of countries from BBC News.
CIA World Factbook - Suriname
Country profile provides information on country background, geography, people, government, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues.
Country Health Profile - Suriname
Information, health situation analysis, and statistics about countries in the Americas.
FAO and Suriname
Information on economic and agricultural issues from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). It also has a good selection of maps.
Human Development Report on Suriname
Provides quick statistics on human development, economy, labor force, and population from the United Nations Development Programme.
Human Rights Watch - Suriname
News and reports related to human rights.
IAEA - Suriname
Country factsheet on multilateral and safeguard agreements from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
ITC - Suriname
Country-specific trade and market profiles, map, and trade statistics from the International Trade Centre (ITC).
Library of Congress Portals to the World - Suriname
Country portal and resources compiled by Library of Congress subject experts.
OHCHR - Suriname
Country background, treaties, reporting status, calendar of events and publications related to human rights from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR).
Suriname: Security Assistance
Country-by-country listing provides information on Political-Military-administered security assistance funds from the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs.
UNESCO Worldwide - Suriname
Highlights cooperation between the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and its Member States.
UNESCO Communication & Information - Suriname
Country profile, news and links to related projects and website's.
UNESCO Institute for Statistics - Suriname
A selection of national statistics on education, literacy, science and technology, culture, and communication.
UNESCO Office for the Caribbean
Cluster Office representing UNESCO member and associate states in the Caribbean. Member States are Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saints Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. Associate Member States are British Virgin Islands, Netherlands Antilles and Cayman Islands.
UNESCO World Heritage - Suriname
Cultural and natural heritage properties and documents on the World Heritage List.
UNAIDS - Suriname
Country situation analysis and news from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS.
United Kingdom's Foreign and Commonwealth Office - Suriname
Country profile covering history, politics, economy, human rights, relations with the UK, and travel.
UNdata Country Profile - Suriname
Provides summary, economic, social, and environmental statistics from the United Nations Statistics Division.
United Nations Statistics Division: Environment Snapshot - Suriname
Country snapshots offer national environment statistics.
U.S. Commercial Service - Suriname
Country profile about doing business abroad by the Commercial Service, the global business solutions unit of the Department of Commerce.
U.S. Commercial Service - Caribbean Region
Regional profile about doing business in the Caribbean (Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bahamas, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Curacao / Aruba, Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Jamaica, Netherlands Antilles, St. Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks, and Caicos Islands) by the Commercial Service, the global business solutions unit of the Department of Commerce.
U.S. Department of Energy - Suriname
Country energy profile for production, consumption, U.S. oil imports, and CO2 emissions.
U.S. Department of Energy - Caribbean (includes Suriname)
Regional analysis report from the Energy Information Administration for the Caribbean.
U.S. Department of State - Background Note: Suriname
This resource provides background information on issues such as the economy, history, politics, and foreign relations. The State Department also provides access to annual reports on human rights and terrorism.
WHO - Suriname
Information and statistics on the status of public health in Suriname from the World Health Organization (WHO).
Diplomacy and Aid
We've listed below some useful information related to Diplomacy and Aid for this country. This list is not all inclusive; we will continue to update the list and eliminate any links that close, are found to be unfactual or deceptive. The links included are those generally considered most relevant to the topic and worthwhile for their content and services. We urge you to explore these resources for their information, ideas, and services. Please suggest other resources you think we should list here. Notify us if you think a resource listed here has become deceptive or unfactual.
CARICOM - Suriname
The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was established by the Treaty of Chaguaramas in 1973. It is a regional organization dedicated to improving development, trade and economics, international competitiveness and economic leverage, coordination of foreign economic policies, and standards of living and work.
Delegation of the European Union to Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, Aruba and the Netherland Antillies
The Delegations of the External Service serve European Union interests throughout the world.
Embassy of the Republic of Suriname in Washington, DC
Diplomatic representation of Suriname in the United States.
Embassy of the United States in Paramaribo, Suriname
Diplomatic representation of the U.S. in Suriname.
EU's Relations with Suriname
Overview, country strategy, agreements, and documents on the European Union's relations with Suriname.
G-77 at the United Nations
The Group of 77 is an intergovernmental organization of developing states in the UN. It provides the means for the countries of the South to articulate and promote their collective economic interests and enhance their joint negotiating capacity on all major international economic issues within the United Nations system, and promote South-South cooperation for development. There are now 130 member states (including Suriname), although the name G-77 was retained because of its historical significance.
IMF - Suriname
Country information, reports and publications from the International Monetary Fund.
Inter-American Development Bank and Suriname
Strategy, projects,and news about Suriname and the IADB.
Islamic Development Bank
"The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) is a Multilateral Development Bank (MDB), established to foster the economic development and social progress of its member countries and Muslim communities in non-member countries in accordance with the principles of Shari'ah (Islamic Law). There are 56 member countries (including Suriname).
Permanent Mission of Suriname to the Organization of American States
"The OAS brings together the nations of the Western Hemisphere to strengthen cooperation on democratic values, defend common interests and debate the major issues facing the region and the world. The OAS is the region's principal multilateral forum for strengthening democracy, promoting human rights, and confronting shared problems such as poverty, terrorism, illegal drugs and corruption."
Permanent Mission of Suriname to the United Nations
Website of member state missions and their representatives to the United Nations.
ReliefWeb - Suriname
ReliefWeb, administered by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), provides news, documents, maps, and background information on emergency assistance by country.
SESRIC - Suriname
Socioeconomic statistics and information for member countries from the Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC), a subsidiary organ of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC).
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
News, operations, statistics, background, analysis and policy, and maps from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Select Suriname from the "Browse by country" drop-down menu on the right.
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Trinidad and Tobago
UNDP helps countries work toward human rights, democratic governance, poverty reduction, crisis prevention and recovery, energy and environment for sustainable development, and HIV/AIDS prevention. The Trinidad and Tobago country office also covers Suriname, Netherlands Antilles and Aruba.
United Nations Division for Sustainable Development - Suriname
Economic, social and environmental policies and plans for sustainable development from the UN Department Economic and Social Affairs.
USAID - Suriname
United States Agency for International Development (USAID) economic and humanitarian assistance programs.
USAID - Caribbean
USAID Assistance in the Caribbean (Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago).
U.S. Department of State - Suriname
U.S.-Surinamese relations, diplomacy, and country background notes.
U.S. Background Notes - Suriname
Provides country background and foreign policy information for the American public from the Department of State's Bureau of Public Affairs.
World Bank - Suriname
World Bank data, projects, and research in Suriname.
World Trade Organization - Suriname
Provides key information on trade statistics, WTO commitments, disputes, trade policy reviews, and notifications for member countries.
Media
Here we provide media links and a feed of recent news.
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Country Profile NEWSPAPERS
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Country Profile TELEVISION
  • Algemene Televisie Verzorging (ATV) - government-owned, commercial, broadcasting in Dutch, English, Portuguese, Spanish and some local languages
  • Surinaamse Televisie Stichting (STVS) - government-owned, commercial, broadcasting in Dutch, English and some local languages
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Country Profile RADIO
  • Radio Apintie - commercial, broadcasting in Dutch and some local languages
  • Radio Nickerie (RANI) - commercial, broadcasting in Hindi and Dutch
  • Radio Paramaribo - commercial, broadcasting in Dutch and some local languages
  • Radio Radhika - broadcasts in Dutch and Hindi
  • Radio Sangeet Mala - broadcasts in Dutch and Hindi
  • Stichting Radio Omroep Suriname (SRS) - government-owned, commercial, broadcasting in Dutch and some local languages
  • Radio ABC - commercial
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