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Paramaribo – Suriname’s capital and “wooden city”

Paramaribo is a former Dutch colonial town dating from the 17th and 18th centuries planted on the Northeastern coast of tropical South America. Composed of mainly wooden buildings, the plain and symmetrical architectural style illustrating the gradual fusion of Dutch and other European architectural and later North American influences as well as elements from Creole culture, reflects the multi-cultural society of Suriname. The historic inner city is located along the left bank of the Suriname River and is defined by the Sommelsdijkse Kreek to the north and the Viottekreek to the south.

Fort Zeelandia

One of the falling stone buildings in the center of Paramaribo’s Fort Zeelandia. This proud fortress, which once had to protect Suriname against foreign attacks, has been beautifully restored and visiting it is a must for anyone who comes in Paramaribo. On the grounds of the fort are some beautiful wooden houses that officer give you an idea how Paramaribo there once must have looked like. Today it is a museum and tourist attraction, was once a proud military stronghold, a prison and the headquarters of a military regime.

The Paramaribo cathedral

The Paramaribo cathedral is the largest wooden building in the Caribbean. It is probably the most domination site in the city, without doubt a unique work of architecture. The building is situated in the depth and lies an unusual long distance from the street. It is build in a neo-roman style that was in vogue in late 19th century Europe. Still the building stays closely related to the Surinamese wooden building style, mainly because of the slender timber constructions. The church has been in very poor condition for a long time. As we write 2007, it looks like plans for renovation, that date from times even before the independence of Suriname in 1975, will be realized in the near future. A steel construction will replace the ingenious wooden system.


Brokopondo is located south of Paramaribo at approximately 2 hours away. This district covers an area of 7364 km2. Population approximately 22,000. Mostly Maroons of the Saramaccan tribe live in this area. Mining and tourism are the main means of livelihood. Brokopondo is rich in gold, bauxite, diamonds and manganese.

What is going on here:

Insel Air: Becomes First Airline to Reconnect Guyana and Brazil

Insel Air: Becomes First Airline to Reconnect Guyana and Brazil

27.05.2016 -

The last airline to fly this route was META, which flew between Paramaribo, Georgetown and Boa Vista, and that service ended around 2011. Insel plans to fly three times weekly between Boa Vista, Brazil, and the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Guyana....

Non-stop flights between Suriname and New York still on SLM radar

21.05.2016 - Caribbean News Now (press release) (blog)

PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- After more than eight years, Suriname's Johan Pengel International Airport, with the cooperation of the United States, has now been certified as a category 1 airport, which will now allow Suriname-based airlines to fly non-stop...

IMF says Suriname on track for SBA multi-million dollar loan

24.05.2016 - Antigua Observer

PARAMARIBO, Suriname, May 24, CMC – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says Suriname has so far adopted all measures agreed with the Washington-based financial institution as it takes steps to to implement its home-grown fiscal programme to...

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