Suriname is a small Netherlands-speaking country on the northern coast of South America, part of the Amazon basin and geographically, one of the southernmost countries of the Caribbean Community.
With a total land area of about 166,000 square kilometers and a population of about 492.829 inhabitants located primarily in the coastal plain, Suriname is one of the least densely populated countries in the world.
Because of its colonial history which in plantation labor was provided by the indigenous population, then by slaves from Africa and later by contract workers from various Asian countries, first Suriname has a unique multi-cultural and multi-ethnic population that the country is enriched with a delectable culinary variety and fascinating, colorful traditions.
Suriname is mostly covered with pristine Amazon rainforest that, apart from some traditional Maroon and Amerindian villages along the main rivers of the country, is largely uninhabited inland. It has therefore now the attention of several major environmental organizations and is currently one of the most important sites for conservation of tropical rainforests and an interesting new destination for sustainable and ecological nature tourism. The country is rich in natural resources such as oil, bauxite, gold and tropical hardwoods, but betting on the new 'green gold' through nature tourism shows an encouraging upward trend. Nature reserves currently account for 14% of the land area and more recently in 2007, several new species discovered in its forests.
Suriname offers to visitors from anywhere in the world, a safe and peaceful entrance to the Amazon basin and presents them simultaneously to the Caribbean on a new, non-traditional way.