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The most complex culture ever

Culture of Suriname

People of many current backgrounds live in Suriname, including hindustanis, who are descendants of people from India, make up more than a third of the population. Creoles, people with mixed European and African ancestry, make about a third. The rest of the people are Indonesians, Maroons, American Indians, Chinese, and Europeans. Maroons are descendants of Africans who escaped from slavery in the 1600’s and 1700’s. Each group has preserved its own culture, religion, and language. Dutch is the national language, but most people speak Sranan Tongo, which combines English, Dutch, and African languages.Most people are farmers. Most adults can read and write. Children from ages 7-12 have to attend elementary school, and some continue to high school. Suriname has only 1 university.

Government of Suriname

People elect 51 people to a National Assembly for 5 year terms. This group passes the country’s laws and elects a president and vice president for 5 year terms. The president appoints a Council of Ministers, who helps carry out the operations of the government. The vice president presides over the Council of Ministers who serve as prime minister. The Council of state composed of civilian and military members who has an advisory role in government.

Survival List

  • food
  • lots of water
  • flashlight
  • hat for shade
  • sunglasses
  • sandals
  • swimming shorts
  • goggles
  • binoculars
  • running shoes

History of Suriname

The History of Suriname

Suriname is a country which has a very diverse population and was founded by Christopher Columbus in the year 1498. After Columbus founded Suriname the Spaniards and Portuguese explored the area during the 1500’s. When the Dutch came to the country of Suriname they abolished slavery in 1863 and brought laborers from India and Indonesia. In the early 1900’s the Dutch passed a law that plantation farming is declined which made the people of Suriname to move to Urban areas. Suriname started to be a self governing country in the Dutch territory in the year 1984. In the same year the military leaders permitted elections. The Voters approved the new constitution

Suriname is now shaped to what it is today, a diverse community which rebuttals against the Dutch. In Suriname there was a lot of political parties. The Political Parties formed for elections in the year 1953 which was the first year of universal suffrage. After World War II, the British prepared for the colony’s independence. The People's Progressive Party or the PPP was established in Cheddi Jagan. The PPP also gained majority in the elections of 1961. After the people started splintering the PPP in the late 1950’s the PNC started or the People’s National Congress which was led by leftist Linden Burnham. (World Book Online)

10 Things to do in Suriname

> Saint Peter and Paul Cathedral- One of the best churches which is a very unique and different kind of church. Fun Fact: almost everything is wooden in the inside of the church

> Foundation for Nature Preservation (Stinasu)- if you want peace and quite this is the place to be one of the best place for people pray

>Commewijne- Commewijne is a nice boat trip for rowing and speed boating this is highly meant for tourists.. You can also see dolphin shows while enjoying the warm summer sunset.

>Paramaribo Zoo- This is one of the main points of the capital of Suriname. The Paramaribo Zoo has a lot of wildlife animals that you can’t see in the US.\

>Suriname City Mosque- The Suriname City Mosque is a great place to pray and is mainly used by Muslims

>Palmentuin- The Palmentuin is a great park to enjoy a picnic and enjoy the sunset

> Berg en Dal- is a great place to a enjoy adventures like zip lining and swimming

> Koto Museum- Koto Museum is one of the places to enjoy of what has happened between the years of 1850 to the year 2014.

> Galibi Nature Reserve-situated in the North East Corner of Suriname, is known for being the most important nesting beach for the olive ridley turtle in the western Atlantic region.

> Joden Savanne- The Joden Savanne Is meant for the ruins of the first Jewish synagogue (established 1639)


The most common job is mining for bauxite and gold. Other jobs to work for are logging, food processing, and oil drilling are available. Their main exports are rice, bananas, palm kernels, coconuts, plantains, peanuts, beef, chicken, shrimp, and forest products. Agriculture is 1 way suriname keeps its money from dropping.

Current events

Suriname is planning to host an energy conference, but Guyana announces a boycott. Lawyers want to drop charges against Suriname's presidents son. He was arrested in Panama because of drugs and weapons charges. Suriname's 1st female pilot-in-command makes a flight to CJIA. The soccer player, Auguste 'Cha Cha' dies.