Source
Central bank

Central Bank of Suriname

International Reserves

USD 0.4 billion (2016)

International Monetary Fund (IMF), data retrieved January 2017

Gross Domestic Product - GDP

USD 4.4 billion (2017, estimate)

GDP (Purchasing Power Parity)

Intl$ 8.8 billion (2017, estimate)

Real GDP growth
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
5.8% 5.1% 4.2% 3% 5.2% 5.3% 3.1%
2013 2014 2015* 2016* 2017*    
2.8% 1.8% -0.3% -7% 0.5%    

*Estimate

GDP per capita - current prices

USD 7,820.3 (2017, estimate)

GDP per capita - PPP

Intl$ 15,447.6 (2017, estimate)

GDP (PPP) - share of world total
1980 1990 2000 2010 2017*
0.02% 0.01% 0.01% 0.01% 0.007%

*Estimate

 
 
Source
GDP - composition by sector
  • agriculture: 6.7% 
  • industry: 49.9% 
  • services: 43.4%

(2016 estimate)

Gross domestic expenditure on R&D; (% of GDP)

N/A

Inflation
2013 2014 2015 2016* 2017*
1.9% 3.4% 6.9% 67.1% 30.7%

*Estimate

Unemployment rate
2013* 2014* 2015* 2016* 2017*
6.0% 7.0% 8.9% 11.9% 11.7%

*Estimate

Household saving rates

N/A

 

Public debt (General government gross debt as a % of GDP)
2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
31.4% 29% 43.5% 52% 43.9%

*Estimate

Public deficit (General government net lending/borrowing as a % of GDP)
2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
-7.7% -7.8% -8.8% -6.8% -3.3%

*Estimate 

Government bond ratings

Standard & Poor's: B+

Moody's: B1

Standard & Poor's / Moody's (Updated January 2017)

Market value of publicly traded shares
2013 2014 2015
N/A N/A N/A
Largest companies

N/A

 
 
Source
Current account balance

USD 0.2 billion (2017 estimate)

Current account balance by percentage of GDP

4.2% (2017 estimate)

Exports as percent of GDP (Exports of goods and services)

36.0% (2015)

 

Shares in world total merchandising export

0.01% (2015)

 

Shares in world total commercial services export

0.004% (2015)

 

Total exports

USD 1.7 billion (2016 estimate)

Export commodities

Alumina, gold, crude oil, lumber, shrimp and fish, rice, bananas

Total imports

USD 1.9 billion (2016 estimate)

 
 
Source
Import commodities

Capital equipment, petroleum, foodstuffs, cotton, consumer goods

Exports - major partners

Switzerland 21.8%, UAE 14.5%, India 13.9%, Belgium 9.7%, US 8.9%, France 8.1%, Canada 6.6% (2015)

Imports - major partners

US 26.8%, Netherlands 14.3%, China 12.2%, Trinidad and Tobago 7.4%, Japan 4.8% (2015)

FDI inflows
2013 2014 2015
USD 188 million USD 163 million USD 276 million
Value of cross-border M&A, by country of purchaser
2012 2013 2014 2015
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Cross-border M&A deals worth over $3 billion completed in 2014

N/A

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Cross-border M&A deals worth over $3 billion completed in 2015

N/A

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Best countries for doing business

Economies are ranked on their ease of doing business. A high ease of doing business ranking means the regulatory environment is more conducive to the starting and operation of a local firm.

Overall ranking: 158 out of 190 countries (2017)

Subcategories:

Starting a business: 185 out of 190 countries

Enforcing Contracts: 187 out of 190 countries

Registering Property: 176 out of 190 countries

Getting Credit: 175 out of 190 countries

Protecting Minority Investors: 165 out of 190 countries

Trading Across Borders: 78 out of 190 countries

Paying Taxes: 103 out of 190 countries

Dealing with Construction Permits: 112 out of 190 countries

Getting Electricity: 84 out of 190 countries

Resolving Insolvency: 129 out of 190 countries

Global competitiveness ranking

N/A

Index of Economic Freedom

Ranking: 134 / Score: 53.79 (Mostly unfree) (2016)

(100=totally free 0=totally repressed)

 
 
Source
Time zone

UTC-3

Total area

163,820 sq km

Capital

Paramaribo

Currency

Surinamese dollars (SRD)

Government type

Presidential republic

Languages

Dutch (official), English (widely spoken), Sranang Tongo (Surinamese, sometimes called Taki-Taki, is native language of Creoles and much of the younger population and is lingua franca among others), Caribbean Hindustani (a dialect of Hindi), Javanese

Religions

Hindu 27.4%, Protestant 25.2% (predominantly Moravian), Roman Catholic 22.8%, Muslim 19.6%, indigenous beliefs 5%

Total population
1990 2000 2010 2016* 2021*
0.408 million 0.467 million 0.531 million 0.563 million 0.586 million

*Estimate

 
 
Source
Urban population as % of total population
1960 1980 2000 2015
47% 65% 66% 66%
Population median age

29.5 years (2016 estimate)

Population growth rate

1.05% (2016 estimate)

Life expectancy

72.2 years (2016 estimate)

Literacy

Total population: 95.6%
Male: 96.1%
Female: 95% (2015 est.)

(age 15 and over can read and write)

% of population living on less than $3.10 a day

N/A

Inequality of wealth distribution (Gini index)

N/A

Freedom House rating

Political Rights: 2
Civil Liberties: 3 (2017)                         

(1 represents the most free, 7 the least free rating)

Source
Total telephone subscribers as % of population

Fixed 16.76%   Mobile 136.83% (2015)
(fixed-telephone subscribers and mobile-cellular subscribers)

Internet users as % of total population

42.76% (2015)

Mercer Cost of living index

N/A

CO2 emissions

3.9 (2013)

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