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Canada-Suriname fact sheet

Official Title:
Republic of Suriname

General Information

Capital: Paramaribo
Population (million): .61
Total Area: 163,265km2
Currency: 1 CAN$ = 5.65 Suriname $ (SRD) (2021- Annual average)
National Holiday: 25 November (1975, Independence Day)
Language(s): Dutch, English, Spanish

Political Information

Type of State:
Republic

Type of Government:
Unicameral parliament: The National Assembly has 51 members elected by direct universal suffrage for a 5 year term. The President is elected indirectly by the legislature.

Head of State:
President Chandrikapersad (Chan) Santokhi

Head of Government:
President Chandrikapersad (Chan) Santokhi

Ministers:
Foreign Affairs, International Business and International Cooperation: Albert Ramdin
Trade & Industry: Ferdinand Welzijn
Natural Resources: Regilio Dodson
Justice and Police: Stuart Getrouw

Main Political Parties:
Government (51 seats): Progressive Reform Party (VHP) – 20, National Democratic Party(NDP) – 16, ABOP – 8, NPS – 3, PL – 2,

Elections:
Presidential and legislative, last on May 25 2020, next in 2025.

Economic Information (2021)

Comparative figures
Type Suriname Canada
GDP: ($ billion) 3.61 2,517.75
GDP per capita: ($) 5,926.81 65,864.62
GDP growth rate: (%) -3.52 4.54
Inflation: (%) 59.12 3.4
Unemployment: (%) 11.2 7.43

Source: IMF (estimates)

Product Trade and Investment (2021)

Canadian exports to country: $23,561,996
Canadian imports from country: $9,696,530
FDI in Canada: n/a
CDI in the country: $302 million

Source: Statistics Canada

Representation

Foreign Representation in Canada:
Ambassador-designate Vacant

Canadian Representation Abroad:
Ambassador Mark Berman

Please note that all statistics reflect Canadian dollars, with some figures reflecting the yearly averages for the year. If listed as ’0’ or absent, the figure is unavailable.

Bilateral Product trade
Canada - Suriname
Year Exports Imports
2017 $29,520,714 $12,027,501
2018 $29,149,586 $11,929,024
2019 $29,634,378 $20,421,520
2020 $22,633,256 $16,678,599
2021 $23,561,996 $9,696,530
21 HS Sections (2021)
Canada - Suriname
Section Exports Imports
01 Animal & Prod. $2,349,862 $532,786
02 Veg. Prod. $379,927 $105,872
03 Fats, Oils & Waxes Prod. - -
04 Food Prod. $768,020 $18,544
05 Mineral Prod. $201,860 $8,793,464
06 Chemical Prod. $731,928 $6
07 Plastics, Rubber Prod. $1,112,525 $78,239
08 Leather, Fur Prod. $1,126 $920
09 Wood Prod. - $30,423
10 Paper Prod. $435,359 $187
11 Textiles Prod. $13,610 $4,302
12 Dress Access. $294 $3,109
13 Glass & Stone Prod. $141,613 $31
14 Precious Metals/stones $13,705 $1,039
15 Base Metal Prod. $2,055,848 $17,587
16 Mach. Mech. Elec. Prod. $14,327,642 $47,890
17 Vehicles and Equip. $703,359 $1,680
18 Specialized Inst. $167,916 $26,819
19 Arms & Ammunition - -
20 Misc. Articles $130,986 $33,632
21 Antiques - -


November 2022
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF

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