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SAI University has established the SAI School of Medicine at the Sint Vincentius Hospital in Paramaribo, the capital of Suriname.

Probably the most interesting thing about Suriname is the fact that the population is a complete cultural melting pot.  Nowhere can one find such a diverse population from Asian Indian, Chinese, African and Native Indian background living in harmony with almost no ethnic tension or discrimination. Here are some interesting facts about Suriname,


Suriname - a former Dutch colony formerly known as Dutch Guyana - is a country at the northern border of South America, nestled between British Guyana and French Guyana.  This beautiful and well-developed country war formerly part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.  Until date the population still speaks the Dutch language and enjoys the high standards of education instilled by the Dutch.

The weather is warm.  It rains during certain seasons.  The temperature is 26 to 32 degrees Celsius.

The population of Curacao is 650,000, and is considered a wonderful melting pot of cultures. People are friendly and most speak several languages: Dutch, English and a local creole language.  The economy is focused on natural resources, but tourism - especially eco-tourism - is a growing segment of the economy.   Tourism is diverse and mainly from Europe and South America.

Life in Suriname

Curacao is a pleasant, safe place for students and teachers with families. They'll find all the expected conveniences of home in a small town atmosphere with big city benefits nearby. The native population is very child-oriented.  Background of the population is 30% African American, 30% Asian (hindustani), 30% Asian (Chinese), and 10% Rest of the World.

The tap water is pure and drinkable.  A large variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian Asian cuisine is widely available.   Food purchased at roadside snack bars ("Snacks"), the market, or anywhere else is safe to eat.  Larger supermarkets are well stocked with familiar foods from the U.S., South America and Europe.  Restaurants reflect the cultural diversity of the island.

Nature and Forests

Suriname is a large country with authentic cultures, an enchanting nature and unique people from many different origins.  That is what every traveler who visits Suriname will experience with absolute certainty. The diversity of people from various parts of the world who retained most of their original customs and habits, mark Suriname with a cultural blend that is one of its own kind in the entire world, a true eco-wonder.

Suriname is known for its pristine rainforest, exotic plants and animals, wild rapids, large rivers and stunning mountainous areas in the southern part of the country. Dark creeks run through the savannas where white sandy grounds contrast intensely with green trees while palms and huge forest giants in different sorts and colors decorate the magical panorama of the jungle.
The first inhabitants of Suriname were the Amerindians and in the early years of colonization people from Africa were brought to the country to work as slaves at the plantations in primarily the coastal area. A number of African slaves managed to escape the plantations and fled into the interior where they re-established their western African culture in what is known today as Maroon villages. After the abolition of slavery Chinese, Indian and Indonesian laborers were imported to work on the plantations as indentured laborers.

As a result of this Suriname is a multiethnic, multicultural, multilingual, and multi-religious country and probably one of the most colorful and unique societies in the world.

Most of the descendants of the different ethnic groups preserved their cultural identity and today one can witness Dutch architecture, Hindu traditions, Javanese costumes, Chinese dances, African rites and Amerindian folklore in different parts of the country.

This video gives a bit of history about Suriname and the Guyanas,

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