Suriname is the only Dutch-speaking member of the Caribbean Development Bank. Located between French Guiana and Guyana, Suriname was first explored by the Spaniards in the 16th century. It was settled by the English in the mid-17th century, and became a Dutch colony in 1667. Suriname gained its independence from the Netherlands in 1975.



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Capital City: Paramaribo
Area: 163,820 sq km/ 63,251 sq mi
Population: 591,919 (July 2017 est.)
Time Zone: UTC -03:00

$8.547 billion (2016 est.)

note: datum in 2016 dollars
Currency: Surinamese Dollar (SRD)
% of Shares:(as of December 31, 2016) 1.49
  • Central Intelligence Agency. (2017). The World Factbook: Suriname. Updated August 31, 2017
  • Central Bank of Suriname. (2013). Suriname Country Profile: Economic and Financial Data. May 2013

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