The British influenced the culture in a number of ways, but the greatest impact
was in the large numbers of African slaves; the African population quickly outnumbered
the British and European population in the region, but since the British controlled
the lands the culture was altered to mix there British and African influences.
The Dutch took over the lands next, but the slavery didn't change. However,
over this time a number of slaves escaped the plantations and fled into the forests.
These people, called maroons, created a new culture and lifestyle. With the end
of slavery new cultures were added to the country as immigration, primarily from
Asia's Far East and Southern Asia, took place. These people, then and today,
maintain many aspects of their home cultures and lifestyles.
Today uniformity in ethnicity, culture, and lifestyle is rare. Each ethnic group
tends to remain tied to their traditional cultures and lifestyles, including the
Indians, Chinese, Indonesians, Africans, and Maroons. These people speak different
languages, dress differently, follow different religions, and have differing political
opinions, making Suriname a very diverse, but divided country.
Suriname's contains a large yellow
star, which represents unity of all ethnic groups and is yellow to symbolize the
light the nation draws as they work towards a golden future. The red on the flag
is for progress and love, the green represents hope and fertility, and white is
for peace, justice, and freedom.
Name: Republic of Suriname
Independence: November 25, 1975
Currency: Suriname Guilder
Population: 566,846 (2013 estimate)
Ethnicity: Hindustani, Creole, & Others
Religion: Hindi, Muslim, Catholic, & Protestant