Definition of Suriname in English:


(also Surinam)

proper noun

  • A country on the north-eastern coast of South America; population 543,000 (estimated 2015); languages, Dutch (official), Creoles, Hindi; capital, Paramaribo.

    Former name (until 1948) Dutch Guiana

Colonized by the Dutch and the English from the 17th century, Suriname became fully independent in 1975. The population is descended largely from African slaves and Asian workers brought in to work on sugar plantations; there is also a small American Indian population