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HFA National Reports

National Report 2007: Unreported

National Report 2006: Unreported

National Report 2005: Unreported

National Report 2004: Unreported

National Report 2003: Unreported

National platform:


HFA National Focal Point:

Ministry of Labour, Technological Development and Environment

Contact person:

Nadischia Semmoh


Other contacts:

Country profile:

Name: Conventional long form: Republic of Suriname. conventional short form: Suriname. local long form: Republiek Suriname. local short form: Suriname.Former: Netherlands Guiana, Dutch Guiana.

Capital: Basseterre

Independence Day: 25 November 1975 (from the Netherlands).

Population: 470,784 (July 2007 est.)

Area: 163,270 sq km

Religions: Hindu 27.4%, Protestant 25.2% (predominantly Moravian), Roman Catholic 22.8%, Muslim 19.6%, indigenous beliefs 5%.

Language: Dutch (official), English (widely spoken), Sranang Tongo (Surinamese, sometimes called Taki-Taki, is native language of Creoles and much of the younger population and is lingua franca among others), Caribbean Hindustani (a dialect of Hindi), Javanese.

Ethnics Group: Hindustani (also known locally as "East Indians"; their ancestors emigrated from northern India in the latter part of the 19th century) 37%, Creole (mixed white and black) 31%, Javanese 15%, "Maroons" (their African ancestors were brought to the country in the 17th and 18th centuries as slaves and escaped to the interior) 10%, Amerindian 2%, Chinese 2%, white 1%, other 2%.

Government: Constitutional Democracy

Currency: Surinam dollar (SRD)

Climate: Tropical; moderated by trade winds

First explored by the Spaniards in the 16th century and then settled by the English in the mid-17th century, Suriname became a Dutch colony in 1667. With the abolition of slavery in 1863, workers were brought in from India and Java. Independence from the Netherlands was granted in 1975. Five years later the civilian government was replaced by a military regime that soon declared a socialist republic. It continued to exert control through a succession of nominally civilian administrations until 1987, when international pressure finally forced a democratic election. In 1990, the military overthrew the civilian leadership, but a democratically elected government - a four-party New Front coalition - returned to power in 1991 and has ruled since, expanding to eight parties in 2005.


HFA P1 - Institutional and legal framework

HFA P2 - Risk identification and EWS:

HFA P3 - Knowledge and education:

HFA P4 - Risk applications:

HFA P5 - Preparedness and response:

Other Areas:

Other Documents

Remarks by the Head of the Suriname Delegation, Ms. Gloria M. de MEES LLM

High Level Conference on Disaster Reduction

November 16, 2007, Saint Marc, Haiti


Web Links:

GLIDE Search

ECLAC Caribbean Knowledge Management Centre's Country Development Profile: Suriname


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