Suriname is one of the three “Guyanas”. Suriname is a small country on the north-eastern coast of South America. It was a Dutch colony for 300 years until it became independent in 1975. The poverty rate in Suriname is about 47%. Nearly one out of two people in the country live in poverty. Many Surinamese children are left with no choice but to work illegally in order to provide for the needs of their family. Suriname has a multi-cultural population of 534,000 spread across 163,265 sq. km. Dutch is the official language of the country.