School and Education in Suriname


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.

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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.

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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.

Suriname Country Flag

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