Paramaribo District

Paramaribo is a district of Suriname, encompassing the capital city of Paramaribo and the surrounding area.

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Map of Suriname showing Paramaribo district
Map of Suriname showing Paramaribo district
Coordinates: 5°50′0″N 55°10′0″W / 5.83333°N 55.16667°W / 5.83333; -55.16667
 • Total182 km2 (70 sq mi)
 (2012 census)[1]
 • Total240,924
 • Density1,300/km2 (3,400/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-3
HDI (2017)0.752[2]

Paramaribo district has a population of 240,924, almost half the population of the entire country, and an area of 182 km2.[3]

The area was first colonised by the British in the 17th century with the construction of Fort Willoughby. This fort was later taken by the Netherlands and renamed Fort Zeelandia. The area, and the city of Paramaribo, switched between Dutch and British control until the Treaty of Breda at the end of the Second Anglo-Dutch War ceded all of Suriname to the Dutch.[4]


Resorts of Paramaribo

Paramaribo is divided into 12 resorts (ressorten):[1]



  1. ^ a b "2012 Census Resorts Suriname" (PDF). Spang Staging. Retrieved 28 May 2020.
  2. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  3. ^ "Census profile at District level 2004 (in Dutch)". Stichting Algemeen Bureau voor de Statistiek in Suriname. Archived from the original on 2013-11-13. Retrieved 2013-04-24.
  4. ^ "Paramaribo Suriname 1". (in Dutch). Retrieved 29 May 2020.

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Coordinates: 5°49′25″N 55°10′11″W / 5.82361°N 55.16972°W / 5.82361; -55.16972