World Countries: Suriname
Coastal plains rise to central highlands and much of the country is rainforest.
Suriname's climate is tropical.
Colors on the flag of Suriname, pictured above, include white,
Republic of Suriname
July 2011 Estimate: 491,989
Once a Dutch colony, Suriname gained independence from The Netherlands in 1975.
Suriname was known as Dutch Guiana until 1948.
Source: 1. CIA World Factbook