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SURINAME has many natural Resources, fertile land and abundant freshwater resources that provide a solid base for the economic development (USAICE, 2001)
Tropical weather with no natural distasters; Suriname lies outside the earthquake and hurricane zones.
Abundant freshwater resources
1.5 million ha suitable for agriculture land (FAO- AQUASTATS report, 2015)
Annual Average rainfall is 2331 mm or 382 km3/year
High Human Development Index (HDI 0,720 in 2017)
Central geographical location between Latin-America and the Caribbean.
HUMAN CAPITAL: YOUNG POPULATION
SURINAME POPULATION DISTRIBUTION
Favourable WEATHER CONDITIONS
SURINAME - GENERAL INFORMATION
Country Size : 165,000 sq. km (64,000 sq.miles)
Natural amazone rainforest
Suriname is the most forested country on the planet.
Suriname has a hot and wet tropical climate. Temperatures do not vary much throughout the year. Average temperature ranges from 29 to 34 degrees Celsius (84 to 93 degrees Fahrenheit). Average relative humidity is between 80% and 90%.
GOVERNMENT - DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC
CONSTITUTION and INSTITUTIONS
Suriname is a constitutional democracy with elections held every 5 years.
The people elect the 51 members of Parliament who in turn elects the President and Vice President. The Ministers are appointed by the President.
The country is divided into 10 districts, each led by a district commissioner, also appointed by the President. Each district is divided into several ressorts for which a 'ressort council' (comparable to a city council) is elected at the same time of the Parliament elections. Based on the number of Ressort Council members, political parties are awarde number of seats for district Council (District Raad). The Ressort and District Council form the democratic institutions at local/regional level.
District Commissioners are responsible for issuing certain types of business licences in their districts, while they have an advicing role on licence requests which are issues by the Ministry of Trade and Industry.