A Dutch colony until 1975, most of the population is concentrated on the north coast, where the capital, Paramaribo, lies. It has many colonial buildings and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It has a remarkably diverse ethnic makeup and is the birthplace of Dutch footballers Edgar Davids, Clarence Seedorf and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

Much of the rainforest which occupies most of the country is untouched by tourism, but there are a number of reserves where you can see a huge variety of bird species and which have lookouts you can climb up to. The easiest way into the deep interior is by boat after the main road ends at Atjoni.



Why you should go:

It is a curious part of the continent.

Why you shouldn't:

There is a lack of infrastructure and it can be more expensive than nearby countries.

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