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Suriname got its independence from the Netherlands in 1975. The first 25 years were not one big success. A military coup by Desi Bouterse, some corruption affairs, etc. And although the country looks quite steady now it has not improved the living standards of the inhabitants over the last 25 years.
The capital of Paramaribo is an easy going place. There are a few sights, dating back to colonial times, there are a few nice markets and some good nightlife.
Grand etang forest reserve has some interesting wildlife and mangrove swamp tours.
The south of the country is hard to reach and is only for the really adventurous.