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Surinam

On the trail of the Dutch.

date of entry 03/04/2002
mileage 346,045

capital Paramaribo

area 163.820 km²

population 541.638

GDP 4,738 Bill. US-Dollar

official language Dutch

The country with the exotic name lies in the north of South America, sandwiched between Guyana and French Guiana. It is thought to have been named after the Surinen tribe. To this day, Suriname contains many traces of its Dutch conquerors, who once colonised the country.
A local man looks sceptically into Gunther Holtorf’s camera. That may have had something to do with the weather. It was raining during the ferry crossing over the Courantijn. This river separates Guyana from Suriname.
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