Suriname Political Map
Suriname is a South American country located to the northeast along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. It’s known for its nature reserves, tropical rainforests, and ethnic diversity. It borders 3 other countries including Guyana to the west, French Guyana to the east, and Brazil to the south. Suriname is the smallest country in South America occupying an area of just 163,821 square kilometers (63,252 sq mi). Also, it’s the second least populated country with the majority of people living on the north coast. Paramaribo is the capital and largest city, also located in the north. Other towns are Lelydorp, Brokopondo, Brokopondo, and Nieuw Nickerie.
Suriname Satellite Map
Suriname is covered in tropical rainforest with low deforestation. Forests cover 93% of its area including the 1.6 million hectares as part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Central Suriname Nature Reserve. Suriname has several disputed areas with Guyana and French Guiana. First, both Suriname and Guyana claim the Tigri Area to the southwest of Suriname. Secondly, its other disputed territory is the Lawa headwaters area with French Guiana. It lies mostly between latitudes 1°N and 6°N above the equator so the climate is mostly tropical in Suriname.
Suriname Elevation Map
The terrain of Suriname is a mix of rolling hills, swamps, and coastal plains. But it has several significant mountain chains. For example, the Tumuc-Humac Mountains straddle its border with Brazil. Whereas the Bakhuis Mountains is a smaller chain that runs along the Coppename River. The Wilhelmina Mountains run in a north-south direction and contain Julianatop. At 1,280 meters (4,199 ft), it is the highest peak in Suriname, located on the west-central. The Courantyne is the longest river in Suriname and marks its border with Guyana. Otherwise, Blommestein Lake covers close to 1% of Suriname and is its largest lake.