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Suriname

Pronunciation: /ˌsʊərɪˈnam/
/ˌsʊərɪˈnɑːmə/
(also Surinam /ˌsʊərɪˈnam/)
A country on the NE coast of South America; population 481,300 (est. 2009); languages, Dutch (official), Creoles, Hindi; capital, Paramaribo. Former name (until 1948) Dutch Guiana.

Colonized by the Dutch and the English from the 17th century, Suriname became fully independent in 1975. The population is descended largely from African slaves and Asian workers brought in to work on sugar plantations; there is also a small American Indian population.

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