Schooling in a 6-year primary school is compulsory and
free of charge between the ages of 6 and 12. Suriname has
several technical schools and agricultural schools as well
as a research center for agriculture. A university with
faculties of medicine, socio-economic studies and law
exists, which has collaboration with the University of
Leiden, The Netherlands. Illiteracy is below 5%, but many
well educated have emigrated, mainly to the Netherlands, due
to political repression and unsatisfactory living
conditions. See TOPSCHOOLSINTHEUSA for TOEFL, ACT, SAT testing locations and high school codes in Suriname.
Suriname - Paramaribo
Paramariʹbo, capital of Suriname, northeastern South America; 240,900
residents (2013). Paramaribo is the country's economic and cultural center. The
majority of Surinam's industry is in the area, including the food, beverage,
textile, wood and aluminum industries. The city is also the country's transport
hub with port and international airport. Paramaribo University was founded in
1968. The old city center has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Paramaribo was founded in 1640 by the French at the site of an Indian
village, became the center of an English colony in 1651 and belonged to the
Netherlands in 1816–1975.