country in NE South America: a former territory of the Netherlands, it became an independent republic in 1975: 63,039 sq mi (163,270 sq km); cap. Paramaribo
Formerly (1948–1978) Su·ri·nam
A country of northeast South America on the Atlantic Ocean. First colonized by the British, the region was ceded to the Netherlands as Dutch Guiana in 1667. It received limited autonomy in 1954 and achieved full independence in 1975. Paramaribo is the capital and the largest city.