Paramaribo is the capital and largest city of Suriname. Paramaribo's major exports are gold, bauxite, sugar cane, rice, cacao, coffee, rum, and tropical woods. Cement and paint are manufactured in the city. Suriname is in Northern South America, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between French Guiana and Guyana. The climate is tropical, moderated by trade winds. The official language is Dutch. Creole-based Sranang Tongo language (also known as Taki-Taki) is also spoken by most people. English is widely spoken in urban areas and among the middle class. Knowledge of Spanish is also common. The main religions are Hinduism, Islam and Christianity. The economy of Suriname is dominated by the bauxite industry, which accounts for more than 15% of GDP and 70% of export earnings. Other main export products include rice, bananas and shrimp. Surinamese society is an ethnic and religious mix. The main ethnic communities are East Indian (Indo-Surinamese), Afro-Surinamese, Javanese and Maroons. The religious mix is Hindu, Protestant, Roman Catholic and Muslim in roughly equal numbers. Expatriate business dress is relatively casual yet conservative, with clothing that covers both arms and legs for women, and a short or long-sleeved shirt and tie for men. The security risk for expatriates in Suriname is low. Risks include petty and opportunistic petty crime. The currency of Suriname is the Suriname Dollar (SRD). While ATMs are available in Paramaribo not all international cards are accepted. Major credit cards not widely accepted outside the major hotels. Medical facilities are extremely limited. Serious or complex medical treatment may require evacuation which can be expensive. Cases of Zika virus and Chikungunya virus have been reported. The population of Paramaribo is 245,000 (2016 est.), while the inflation rate is 31.88% (2016 est.).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates in In Paramaribo, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized follows (Exact cost of living percentages only available in personalised reports): Paramaribo as at 1 April 2016 is average in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very Low 2) Clothing: High 3) Communication: Very High 4) Education: Low 5) Furniture & Appliances: High 6) Groceries: High 7) Healthcare: High 8) Household Accommodation: High 9) Miscellaneous: Low 10) Personal Care: Very High 11) Recreation & Culture: Low 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Low 13) Transport: Low Paramaribo is for example -5.3% cheaper than Taiwan for groceries, -37.4% cheaper for household costs than Taipei, and 20.3% more expensive for transport costs than Tajikistan. The hardship premium for Paramaribo for an expat from Trinidad and Tobago, is for example 10%, i.e. host location (Paramaribo) premium of 30% minus home (Trinidad and Tobago) location premium of 20%. Paramaribo is ranked as a high degree of hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship or expat pay in Paramaribo? Register subscribe to your home location and Paramaribo and run your personalised reports.