Suriname is a diverse country with people from different cultures all over the world. The eclectic mix of people results in a wonderful kaleidoscope of cultures made evident in traditions, customs, and cuisine. Friendly and outgoing people, visitors will be welcomed by the people of Suriname with open arms. History buffs will enjoy digging through the country’s past, including their bid for position after gaining independency from the Netherlands in 1975. Nature lovers will appreciate the incredible wonders this island has to offer.
Historians will find that the first people to live in Suriname were the Amerindians. After the island was colonized people from Africa were brought to the island to work. Some of them fled and reestablished their ancestral African traditions in an area that is now called Maroon villages. Later. after slavery was abolished, Chinese, and Indian people were brought to the island to work. This rich mixture of people makes up the collective culture that is Suriname in present day. Many cultures means many religions and many customs. One can see Dutch architecture, Hindu traditions, Javanese costumes, Chinese dances, African rites and Amerindian folklore all in one place.
If sightseeing is your speed, be sure to visit Paramaribo. This, their capital of the country, is a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) site with beautiful colonial buildings that date as far back as the 17th century.
If you like rainforests, Suriname is definitely the place for you. Wild rapids, exotic plants, waterfalls, rivers, animals and more await the interested traveler. Over 94% if the island is covered by lush rainforest, so this is the biggest attraction that Suriname has to offer.
Suriname is the place to go if you are looking for an adventure. Enjoy the wonderful rainforest and all that it entails, creating memories that will last you a lifetime in the process.
Size: 63,251 square miles
Government: Unitary Parliamentary Constitutional Republic
Currency: Surinamese dollar (SRD)
Main City: Paramaribo
Main Airport: Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport and Zorg en Hoop Airport.
Telephone Country Code: 597
Local Beer: Parbo
National Dish: Chicken and rice.
Entry Visa: All visitors to Suriname will need to have a valid passport that is valid for 6 months from the date of intended travel. Visitors from Guyana, Brazil and Japan, do not require visas, but those from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, UK and US nationals still do.
When To Go: The weather in Suriname is warm and tropical year round. Trade winds keep the area pleasant. Temperatures range between 70°F to 90°F. The wet season is April to mid-August and a short stint from December to February.
Marriage Requirements: Couples looking to get married in Suriname will need to apply for a marriage license and have their service officiated by an official of the Civil Registry.
Documents Required: In addition to the completed application for marriage, both the bride and groom will need their:
• birth certificates along with driver’s licences or other forms of identification
• certificates of no impediment or single status report
Also if applicable:
• divorce papers i.e. decree absolute and/or death certificate of spouse
• proof of parental consent if under 18, stamped and signed by a solicitor
• proof of name change by Deed Poll, stamped and signed by a solicitor
Residency Requirement: 24 hours
Witnesses: Two people are required to witness the marriage.