Suriname

Suriname : economy statistics and industry reports

  • Updated on : 06 August 2012  Source : The World Factbook

Imports

$1.434 billion (2011 est.)
$1.334 billion (2010 est.)

Exports

$1.583 billion (2011 est.)
$1.477 billion (2010 est.)

Inflation rate (consumer prices)

19.5% (2011 est.)
6.9% (2010 est.)

Unemployment rate

9% (2008)
12.1% (2006)

GDP - per capita (PPP)

$9,600 (2011 est.)
$9,300 (2010 est.)
$9,000 (2009 est.)
note: data are in 2011 US dollars

National product real growth rate

3.5% (2010 est.)
2% (2009 est.)
7% (2008 est.)

Internet users

163,000 (2009)

Telephones - mobile cellular

890,000 (2009)

Population growth rate

1.222% (2012 est.)

Population

560,157 (July 2012 est.)

Historical background

First explored by the Spaniards in the 16th century and then settled by the English in the mid-17th century, Suriname became a Dutch colony in 1667.

With the abolition of slavery in 1863, workers were brought in from India and Java.

Independence from the Netherlands was granted in 1975.

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Economic overview

The economy is dominated by the mining industry, with exports of alumina, gold, and oil accounting for about 85% of exports and 25% of government revenues, making the economy highly vulnerable to mineral price volatility.

In 2000, the government of Ronald VENETIAAN, returned to office and inherited an economy with inflation of over 100% and a growing fiscal deficit.

He quickly implemented an austerity program, raised taxes, attempted to control spending, and tamed inflation.

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The Economist Intelligence Unit

Country Report Suriname 2nd Quarter 2015

Country Report Suriname 2nd Quarter 2015

  • $ 285
  • Country report
  • April 2015
  • by The Economist Intelligence Unit

Outlook for 2015-16 The president, Desiré "Dési" Bouterse, will stand for another term at the upcoming general election in May 2015. Although he is the lead candidate, post-electoral pact-making ...

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