Paramaribo is a capital city on which continent?

And the answer: South America.  

Brokopondo Reservoir in Suriname. Photo credit: kids-world-travel-guide.com.

Located about 15 km inland from the Atlantic Ocean, Paramaribo is the capital city of Suriname, the smallest country in South America. With its proximity to the equator, Suriname has a tropical climate with extensive rain forests, and is often considered part of the Caribbean.

Suriname represents an interesting convergence of colonial powers and native culture. At once, jaguars and sloths roam among wooden Dutch colonial buildings. In the capital city of Paramaribo, you'll hear the official language of Dutch spoken alongside regional languages such as Sranan Tongo, a English-based Creole language.

About 80% of the country's area is classified as tropical rainforest. Towards the north border, proximity to the Atlantic Ocean creates fertile agricultural land, while the southern border is nearly completely covered in dense forest. As such, the population density of the nation is very low, with only about 3 people per kilometer. Remarkably, another large portion of the country is occupied by a reservoir, constructed to bring electricity to Paramaribo. Brokopondo is one of the largest reservoirs in the world.

Suriname is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. There are over 190 species of mammals, including various types of monkey, sloth, ocelot, jaguar and pig. Meanwhile, Paramaribo is similarly a diverse locale, and one with marked levels of tolerance. Walking through the city, it's a common occurrence to see a mosque next to a synagogue among Hindu temples.

Learn more about the history and life in Suriname here.


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