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Surinam (SR)

Continent: South America Surinam Land
Surface: 163.820 km ²
Inhabitants: 492.829
Capital: Paramaribo International banking code (ISO Codes): SR
Official language: Netherlander Code: +597
Currency: Dollar surinamien Number plate: EMS
Routes of Surinam: 158 Routes towards Surinam: 162
Preferred airports: Paramaribo (PBM), Paramaribo Z In Hoop (ORG)
Principal cities: Paramaribo, Lelydorp, Nieuw Nickerie, Moengo, Nieuw Amsterdam, Mariënburg, Wageningen, Albina, Groningen, Brownsweg, Onverwacht, Totness, Soekibaka, Mary' S Hope, Herstelling
Airline company based with Surinam: Surinam Airways

Tourist guide Surinam (South America)

The republic of Surinam is the smallest state independent of South America. It is located at the North-East of the continent, on the Atlantic coast, and divides its borders with the French Guiana in the East, Brazil in the South and Guyana in the West.

Geography: The North of the country is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean. The forests of mangroves are omnipresent. Then, inside the grounds, a thin band of savannas extends to the hills and from basic mountains altitude, which are generally covered with a thick virgin forest and are crossed by many rivers.

Mountains and rivers: The culminating point of the country, with its 1.280 m, is the mount Juliana Top, located in the solid mass of the mountains of Wilhelm, which extend on 100 km from Is in West. This assembly line has 13 tops exceeding the 1.000 Mr. the longest river of the country is the Corantyne river, with its 725 km length. It takes its source in the mountains of Acarai, which mark the borders with Guyana and Brazil, and finishes its race in the Atlantic Ocean. The geographical location of Surinam makes that it is traversed by many rivers, connected to each other by a remarkable system of channels.

Climate and advised season: Because of the proximity of Surinam with the equator, the climate is tropical, i.e. hot and wet all the year. One counts in all two rain season in Surinam. Shortest goes from December to February and longest from April at Mid-August. The best period to travel is thus located between the two. The rain season is indeed often accompanied by flood and landslides, particularly inside the country.

Language (S) of the country and communication: The official language is the Netherlander. But the first spoken language by the inhabitants of the country is the creole language Sranan-Tongo, the English coming only in second position. Because of the many immigrants who came in Surinam at the 19th century, other languages are practiced, the such Hindi and the Javanese, as well as many indigenous languages.

Health and vaccines: It is in general recommended to be vaccinated against hepatitis has, typhus, the polio, the diphteria and tetanus. To protect itself from the viruses propagated by the mosquitos and the insects, it is enough most of the time to wear covering clothing and to use insecticides sold on the spot. There exists also all the year a risk of Malaria, especially in the South of the country. Before leaving, please inform itself near your attending physician in connection with a possible preventive medication of the malaria (paludism). Only the town of Paramaribo is in measurement to make sure of the care of sufficient quality. It is recommended to provide itself with a special health insurance for the voyages and valid in the whole world with insurance-repatriation in the event of urgency. Apart from that, it is recommended to peel the fruits and to cook vegetables in order to avoid any risk of infection. It is also judicious to carry a small first-aid kit with the necessary one

Conditions of entry: The passport is obligatory and must be valid still 6 months as from the date of arrival. You will have to address your request for the tourist visa near the embassy of Surinam to Brussels or Amsterdam, which can be made by fax. The visa is valid 60 days. The children must be provided with an individual passport.

If you wish to obtain from advantage of information in connection with the conditions of entry or safety, or on the vaccines to be carried out, please consult Internet site of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Arrival and displacements on the spot: The only company which proposes a non-stop flight starting from a European city is the national company Surinam Airways, with a flight Amsterdam - Paramaribo. However, other companies serve the capital of Surinam, such Air France or KLM, but these flights are with stopover.

Capital: The town of Paramaribo is located at 23 km of the coasts, along the Surinam river. It counts more than 250.000 inhabitants. The capital of Surinam is also its arts center and commercial. Because of its colonial past, it has many monuments and historical residences going back to this time and which are often chiefs of work of Franco-Dutch architecture. What astonishes especially, it is the fact that this multi-ethnic city preserved wood like principal material of manufacture of the houses. This characteristic held the attention of UNESCO, which classified in 2002 the historical center of the city on the list of the world heritage of humanity. The most interesting monuments are the various churches, the museum of Surinam in Strong Zeelandia which was restored there is little, the Public garden of independence and the presidential palace. The parks of Cultuurtuin and Palmentuin also deserve a visit.

Sites: Surinam is especially known for its impressive virgin forests, none not resembling the other. Many travellers, especially those which prefer the individual formulas with the organized voyages, are also fascinated by the old indigenous cultures and abundance of fauna and the flora. Natural reserves of Brownsberg and Voltzberg developed their tourist infrastructures well. Thus, you will be able to sleep there in comfortable Lodges. As for the excursions in boat, they are the best means of discovering the paradisiac watery world of Surinam and the back-country. The boats are carried out by of Maroons.

Religion: Nearly 50% of the multi-ethnic population of Surinam is Christian. 25% are of Hindu religion, 20% are Moslem and approximately 5% are animists.

Big cities: Paramaribo, Wanica, Nieuw Nickerie and Meerzorg.

Flights expensive not preferred towards and of Surinam/SR

·  Flight Antigua Paramaribo (ANU PBM)
·  Flight Maastricht - Aachen Paramaribo (MST PBM)
·  Flight Bangkok Paramaribo (BKK PBM)
·  Flight Rio de Janeiro Paramaribo (RIO PBM)
·  Flight Bamako Paramaribo (BKO PBM)
·  Flight Madrid Paramaribo (MAD PBM)
·  Flight Berlin-Tegel Paramaribo (TXL PBM)
·  Flight Geneva Paramaribo (GVA PBM)
·  Flight London-City Paramaribo (LCY PBM)
·  Flight Johannesburg Paramaribo (JNB PBM)
·  Flight Paramaribo Miami (PBM MIA) with Laparkan Airways
·  Flight Paramaribo Port off Spain (PBM POS) with Caribbean Airways, Surinam Airways
·  Flight Paramaribo Quito (PBM UIO)
·  Flight Paramaribo Caracas (PBM CCS)
·  Flight Paramaribo San Jose (PBM SJO)
·  Flight Paramaribo Belem (BEAUTIFUL PBM) with Surinam Airways
·  Flight Paramaribo Toronto (PBM YTO)
·  Flight Paramaribo Marseilles (PBM MRS)
·  Flight Paramaribo Milwaukee (PBM MKE)
·  Flight Paramaribo Los Angeles (PBM LAX)
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