Suriname

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SURINAME, formerly Dutch Guiana, is a republic in northeast South America, bordered to the west by Guyana, to the east by French Guiana and to the south by Brazil. The country, formerly a Dutch colony, declared independence in 1975.

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Suriname, which nowhere exceeds 80 kilometers or 50 miles in width, is primarily a country of upland plateaux and high­lands that are covered with forests and traversed by numerous rivers and streams, many of which are critical navigable waterways.

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The climate is tropical, with heavy rainfall mainly from December to April.

Agriculture remains relatively underdeveloped. Crops cultivated include rice, bananas, citrus fruits, sugar cane, coffee, and cacao. Molasses and rum produced along with some manufactured goods, and there is an essential coastal shrimp fishery.

Suriname’s economy is based on the mining of bauxite, which accounts for 80 percent of its exports, and on the production of alumina and aluminum.

The country has essential mineral reserves of iron ore, nickel, copper, platinum, and gold. Suriname’s natural resources also include oil and timber, and forestry is an expanding industry. However, the country is politically unstable and in need of financial aid in developing its resources.

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