Suriname is a country on the North Eastern coast of South America.  It is bordered by Brazil, Guyana and French Guiana and is well known for its amazing biodiversity of the rainforests that cover much of the country.  In fact 30% of the country is protected by law as a reserve.  Think beautiful waterfalls, rivers, rainforest and animals, birds and creatures that you have never seen before!

Suriname is a former Dutch colony and many of it’s citizens had Dutch citizenship.  After independence however those that acquired citizenship of Suriname have lost citizenship of the Netherlands.

As a visitor to the Suriname there are over 28 countries that do not need visas to enter the country and then a huge number who will have to get a visa on arrival.  Check here for your requirements.

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Suriname Residency

Work Visas

Every employer who wishes to employ an employee with a nationality other than the Surinamese (a foreigner), has to have a work permit. A work permit is granted by the Director of the Ministry of Labor, Technological Development and Environment (ATM).  Details on the process can be found here.

Long Stay Visa (MKV)

If you wish to stay longer than 90 days, you need to apply for an MKV Visa.  You need to apply for this from outside of Suriname and at least 3 months before you intend on landing in Suriname.  Further information can be found here.

GDP Per Capita
Not available
Disposable Income
$808  (Rank: 80)
Life Expectancy
71.60  (Rank: 102)
Education Index
59.00%  (Rank: 120)
Corruption Index
45%  (Rank: 68)
Murders Per Year
24  (Rank: 41)
Crime Index
Not available
Environmental Protection
53.57%  (Rank: 71)
Gender Equality
67.90%  (Rank: 94)
Annual Tourists
252,000  (Rank: 142)


Constitutional democracy


Dutch (official), English, Sranang Tongo, Hindi, Javanese



Population Density

4 per square km

Note: Suriname may not allow its citizens to hold dual citizenship. For more information check out this overview.

Suriname Citizenship

Citizenship by Descent

If one or both of your parents were citizens of Suriname when you were born, you are probably also a citizen.

Citizenship by Birth

If you were born in Suriname and lived in Suriname at the time of independence of the country in 1975, then you are probably a citizen.

Citizenship by Naturalisation

If your spouse is a citizen of Suriname, you can apply for citizenship after being married for 3 years and resident for 2 years.  Please note that your status of spouse needs to be legally recognised in this country. 

Otherwise if you have been resident in Suriname for 5 years you can apply to become a naturalised citizen.

Note that dual nationality is NOT allowed in Suriname.

Quality of Life

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Cost of Living

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Average Temp.


Rank: 43
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Resources & Links

The passport for Suriname allows you to travel to 73 countries without a visa.

Its global rank is 115.

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