Source
Central bank

Central Bank of Suriname

International Reserves

US$ 775 million (Source: World Bank; Data updated: 2013)

Gross Domestic Product - GDP

US$ 5 billion (2014 estimate)

GDP (Purchasing Power Parity)

8 billion of International dollars (2014 estimate)

Real GDP growth
2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
6.3% 8.5% 4.9% 5.8% 5.1% 4.1% 3.0% 4.2%
2011 2012 2013 2014*        
5.3% 4.8% 4.7% 4.0%        

*Estimate

GDP per capita - current prices

US$ 9,628 (2014 estimate)

GDP per capita - PPP

$13,710 International Dollars (2014 estimate)

GDP (PPP) - share of world total
1980 1990 2000 2010 2014*
0.01% 0.01% 0.01% 0.01% 0.01%

*Estimate

 
 
Source
GDP - composition by sector
  • agriculture: 8.9% 
  • industry: 36.6% 
  • services: 54.5% (2013 estimate)
Gross domestic expenditure on R&D; (% of GDP)

N/A

Inflation
2011 2012 2013 2014*
17.7% 5.0% 1.9% 1.7%

*Estimate

Unemployment rate
2011 2012 2013 2014*
8.0% 8.5% 8.5% 8.9%

*Estimate

Household saving rates

N/A

 

Public debt (General government gross debt as a % of GDP)
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014*
18.5% 20.2% 22.1% 29.2% 37.0%

*Estimate

Public deficit (General government net lending/borrowing as a % of GDP)
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014*
-3.1% 0.9% -4.0% -6.0% -5.1%

*Estimate 

Government bond ratings

Standard & Poor's: BB-

Moody's rating: Ba3

Moody's outlook: STA

(Foreign Currency Government Bond Ratings; Data last updated Sept 2014)

Market value of publicly traded shares
2009 2010 2011
N/A N/A N/A
Largest companies in Suriname

N/A

 
 
Source
Current account balance

US$ -238 million (2014 estimate)

Current account balance by percentage of GDP

-4.475% of GDP (2013 estimate)

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

N/A

 

Shares in world total merchandising export

0.01% (2012)

(Data were released in March 2014 and refer to 2011)

Shares in world total commercial services export

0% (2012)

(Data were released in 2012)

Total exports

US$2.512 billion (2013 estimate) 

Export commodities

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

Total imports

US$1.778 billion (2013 estimate) 

 
 
Source
Import commodities

capital equipment, petroleum, foodstuffs, cotton, consumer goods

Exports - major partners

US 25.7%, Belgium 17.4%, UAE 11.5%, Canada 10.3%, Guyana 5.8%, France 5.5%, Barbados 4.2% (2012)

Imports - major partners

US 26%, Netherlands 16%, China 9.9%, UAE 8.1%, Antigua and Barbuda 6.7%, Netherlands Antilles 4.9%, Japan 4.3% (2012)

FDI inflows
2011 2012 2013
US$70million US$62million US$113 million
FDI outflows
2011 2012 2013  

US$-3million

US$1 million US$0  million  
Value of cross-border M&A; by country of purchaser
2010 2011 2012 2013
US$0  million US$0  million US$0  million US$0  million
Cross-border M&A; deals worth over $3 billion completed in 2010(Acquiring company, Acquired company, Country of the acquired company, Value of the deal)

N/A

(for a monthly update on M&A; click here )

Cross-border M&A; deals worth over $3 billion completed in 2011(Acquiring company, Acquired company, Country of the acquired company, Value of the deal)

N/A

(for a monthly update on M&A; click here )

Best countries for doing business World Bank/IFC Doing Business Project

Economies are ranked on their ease of doing business, from 1 - 189. A high ranking means the regulatory environment is more conducive to the starting and operation of a local firm.

Overall ranking: 161 out of 189 countries (2013)

Subcategories:

Starting a business: 181 out of 189 countries

Enforcing Contracts: 184 out of 189 countries

Registering Property: 173 out of 185 countries

Getting credit: 170 out of 185 countries

Protecting investors: 186 out of 185 countries

Trading across border: 105 out of 185 countries

Paying Taxes: 50 out of 185 countries

Dealing with Construction Permits: 49 out of 185 countries

Getting Electricity: 40 out of 185 countries

Resolving Insolvency: 160 out of 185 countries

(2013)

Global competitiveness ranking(ranking by country on a basis of 144, the first is the best)

110

(2014-2015)

 

 

 

Index of Economic FreedomWSJ and Heritage Foundation

Ranking: 130 Score: 54.2 (Mostly Unfree)

(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

constitutional democracy

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
1980 1990 2000 2012* 2017**
N/A 0.467 million 0.531 million 0.533 million 0.577 million

*Estimate    **Forecast

 
 
Source
Urban population as % of total population
1960 1980 2000 2013
47.3% 65% 66% 66%
Population median age

28.6 years (2014 est.)

Population growth rate

1.12% (2014 est.)

Life expectancy

71.69 years (2014 estimate)

Adult literacy

94.7% (2010 estimate)

% of population living on less than $2 a day

27.20% (2011)

Inequality of wealth distribution (Gini index)

52.88 (1999)

(Data were released in 2011, 0=perfect equality, 100=absolute inequality)

Freedom House rating

Political Rights:2
Civil Liberties:2 (2011)

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

Source
Total telephone subscribers as % of population

195.03% (2011)

(sum of fixed telephone lines and mobile cellular subscribers)

Internet users as % of total population

32% (Data were released in 2012 and refer to 2011)

Cost of living - Mercer index(ranking by city on a basis of 214; the 1st is the most expensive and the 214th is the least expensive)

N/A

Source
CO2 emissions(Metric tons of CO2 per capita)

4.7551 (Data were released in 2012 and refer to 2009)