Flag of Suriname
Republic of Suriname

Suriname


National anthem of Suriname

God zij met ons Suriname

God zij met ons Suriname or Opo kondreman is the national anthem of Suriname. It has 2 verses: the first in Dutch and the second in Sranan Tongo.
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Map of Suriname

Map of Suriname

Basic information on Suriname

First explored by the Spaniards in the 16th century and then settled by the English in the mid-17th century, Suriname became a Dutch colony in 1667. With the abolition of slavery in 1863, workers were brought in from India and Java. Independence from the Netherlands was granted in 1975. Five years later the civilian government was replaced by a military regime that soon declared a socialist republic. It continued to exert control through a succession of nominally civilian administrations until 1987, when international pressure finally forced a democratic election. In 1990, the military overthrew the civilian leadership, but a democratically elected government - a four-party New Front coalition - returned to power in 1991 and has ruled since, expanding to eight parties in 2005.
Location Northern South America, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between French Guiana and Guyana
Population 470,784 (July 2007 est.)
Nationality noun: Surinamer(s) adjective: Surinamese
Flag description five horizontal bands of green (top, double width), white, red (quadruple width), white, and green (double width); there is a large, yellow, five-pointed star centered in the red band