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Suriname: Hispanic Reading Room Country Guide

This guide provides curated Library of Congress resources for researching Suriname, including digitized primary source materials in a wide variety of formats, books and periodicals, online databases, and tips for searching.


The Library of Congress holds thousands of collection materials about and from Suriname. Curated by librarians in the Hispanic Reading Room, this guide is part of a series of Country Guides that provide quick references for countries and regions from the Luso-Hispanic world. The Hispanic Reading Room is the Library’s portal to the Caribbean, Latin America, Spain and Portugal; the indigenous cultures of those areas; and peoples throughout the world historically influenced by Luso-Hispanic heritage, including Latinos in the U.S. This guide offers links to diverse resources on Suriname from across the Library including digitized primary sources, selected books and periodicals, online databases, and tips for searching. For specific questions or assistance using the Library’s resources, use the Ask a Librarian service to contact a reference librarian.

Suriname: Quick Facts

United States. Central Intelligence Agency. Suriname. 1991. Library of Congress Geography and Map Division

Official Name: Republic of Suriname

Capital: Paramaribo

Date of Independence: November 25, 1975

Head of State/Government: President Chandrikapersad Santokhi

Population: 609,569

Languages: Dutch, English, Sranang Tongo, Caribbean Hindustani, Javanese

Districts: Brokopondo, Commewijne, Coronie, Marowijne, Nickerie, Para, Paramaribo, Saramacca, Sipaliwini, Wanica