Region: South America
Capital: Paramaribo
Population: 553,159
Area: 156,000 km²

Suriname, officially known as the Republic of Suriname, is a country in northern South America. It is bordered by French Guiana to the east, Guyana to the west, Brazil to the south and the Atlantic Ocean to the north. Suriname was first colonized by the British, and captured by the Dutch in 1667, who governed it as Dutch Guiana until 1954. In 1954 it became one of the constituent countries of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The country of Suriname achieved independence from the Kingdom of the Netherlands on 25 November 1975. Suriname, the Netherlands Antilles and the Netherlands itself have cooperated on a basis of equality since 1954. It is also a member of CARICOM and is considered as a Caribbean country that is not an island. Suriname, neighbouring Guyana, France and Brazil are the only four countries in South America that have a non-Spanish speaking population with English, Dutch, Portuguese and French languages. Wikipedia

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