Suriname’s capital and biggest city, Paramaribo (nickname: Par′bo), is situated on the banks of the Suriname River in the Paramaribo District. According to the 2012 census, the city of Paramaribo has a population of over 240,000 people, accounting for almost half of the population of Suriname. Since 2002, the historic center of Paramaribo has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Nowadays, 48 percent of the population of Paramaribo is Christian, 14 percent Hindu, 9 percent Muslim, 4% have a different religion, 4% have no religion, and 21% did not respond to this question in the previous census.
Dutch is the most spoken language in two-thirds of families, while it is spoken as a second language in the majority of other homes. Sranantongo, Sarnami Hindustani, and Javanese are also widely spoken. Only around 2% of the population speaks English as their first language; yet, English is widely spoken by many residents.
Paramaribo – Info Card
|TIME ZONE :||ART (UTC-3)|
|LANGUAGE :||Dutch (official), English (widely spoken)|
|AREA :||182 km2 (70 sq mi)|
|ELEVATION :||3 m (10 ft)|
|COORDINATES :||5°52′N 55°10′W|
|SEX RATIO :||• Male: 50.12%|
• Female: 49.88%
|ETHNIC :||Creoles (African or African-European descent) 27%, Indian (East Indian descent) 23%, Multiracials 18%, Maroons (descendants of escaped African slaves) 16%, Javanese (Indonesian descent) 10%, Indigenous (descendants of native population) 2%, Chinese (descendants of 19th-century contract workers) 1.5%, and smaller numbers of Europeans|
|AREA CODE :||4|
|POSTAL CODE :|
|DIALING CODE :||+597 4|
Tourism in Paramaribo
Suriname’s capital and only city, Paramaribo, is the bustling capital and only city of the thinly populated nation. This laid-back South American jewel is just 15 kilometers from the Atlantic Ocean and is home to over 250,000 people, or more than half of the country’s population. It serves as the country’s principal port, political capital, and commercial and educational hub. Many travelers to Suriname stop by here, taking in the city’s lovely UNESCO World Heritage-listed colonial center. Surinam’s attempts to boost its tourism sector are led by Paramaribo, which places a significant emphasis on eco-friendly travel.
To get a sense of this welcoming city, choose from the vast piles of fruits at its lively central market and walk about town admiring its colonial legacy. Then, go to the Waterkant (or water side) to join the people for Djogo (local beer) and salty fish while admiring the boats on the Suriname river.
Climate of Paramaribo
The climate of Paramaribo is tropical wet, hot, and humid. Every year, there are two rainy seasons. The wet season lasts from late April until mid-August. The brief rainy season lasts from the middle of December until the middle of February. Typically, it does not rain all day, although there are strong tropical showers in the afternoon. The average temperature is about 30°C, although during the dry season from mid-August to mid-December, it may reach 35-40°C. Year-round humidity is over 80%, which may aggravate temperature fluctuations. It has a damp and sticky feeling to it.
Geography of Paramaribo
The city is situated in the Paramaribo region on the Suriname River, some 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) inland from the Atlantic Ocean.
Economy of Paramaribo
Suriname’s commercial and financial center is in Paramaribo. Despite the fact that the capital city does not manufacture substantial items, almost all profits from the country’s principal export products, gold, oil, bauxite, rice, and tropical wood, are funneled via its institutions. All banks, insurance firms, and other financial and commercial enterprises have their headquarters in Paramaribo. Suriname’s GDP is consumed in Paramaribo to the tune of over 75%.
Tourism is becoming an increasingly significant industry, with the majority of tourists coming from the Netherlands.