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Atlas Suriname

Country (long form)
Republic of Suriname
Capital
Paramaribo
Total Area
63,038.90 sq mi
163,270.00 sq km
Population
431,303 (July 2000 est.)
Estimated Population in 2050
388,061
Languages
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), Hindustani (a dialect of Hindi), Javanese
Literacy
93.0% total, 95.0% male, 91% female (1995 est.)
Religions
Hindu 27.4%, Muslim 19.6%, Roman Catholic 22.8%, Protestant 25.2% (predominantly Moravian), indigenous beliefs 5%
Life Expectancy
68.71 male, 74.14 female (2000 est.)
Government Type
constitutional democracy
Currency
1 Surinamese guilder, gulden, or florin (Sf.) = 100 cents
GDP (per capita)
$3,400 (1999 est.)
Labor Force (by occupation)
agriculture N/A%, industry N/A%, services N/A%
Industry
bauxite and gold mining, alumina and aluminum production, lumbering, food processing, fishing
Agriculture
paddy rice, bananas, palm kernels, coconuts, plantains, peanuts; beef, chickens; forest products; shrimp
Arable Land
0%
Exports
alumina, aluminum, crude oil, lumber, shrimp and fish, rice, bananas
Imports
capital equipment, petroleum, foodstuffs, cotton, consumer goods
Natural Resources
timber, hydropower, fish, kaolin, shrimp, bauxite, gold, and small amounts of nickel, copper, platinum, iron ore
Current Environmental Issues
deforestation as timber is cut for export; pollution of inland waterways by small-scale mining activities
Telephones (main lines in use)
56,844 (1996)
Telephones (mobile cellular)
3,671 (1995)
Internet Service Providers (ISPs)
1 (1999)