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Suriname country brief

Shared international perspectives and cordial relationship.

Key engagement

Pursuit of common interests in multilateral fora, particularly the UN and UN organisations.


Export and investment opportunities exist in Suriname for Australian businesses, particularly in mining,oil and related industries.

Bilateral relations

Australia and Suriname established diplomatic relations on 3 February 1994, although Australian diplomats had been visiting Suriname since the 1970s.

Australia’s High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago has non-resident accreditation to Suriname.

Suriname does not have official representation in Australia.

Foreign relations

Australia and Suriname are members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), United Nations (UN), and United Nations organisations.

Suriname is a member of the the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Association of Caribbean States (ACS), the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, the Organization of American States (OAS) and other regional organisations.

It is a member of the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) grouping, which includes small island states in the Caribbean, Pacific and Indian Oceans.

Foreign Policy White Paper

Fast facts

Surinamese visitors to Australia (2019 Dept of Home Affairs) #
Australian visitors to Suriname (primary destination 2019 Dept of Home Affairs) #
Resident Australian population born in Suriname (2016 Census)
Australian residents of Caribbean Islander descent (2016 Census)
Surinamese students in Australia (2019 Dept of Education)

# This data is owned by Home Affairs. It provides quarterly updates to this data on its website.

High level engagement

2017 July – Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, met Suriname’s Foreign Minister Pollack-Beighle at the CARICOM Leader’s Summit in Grenada..

Agreements with Saint Lucia

There are no bilateral agreements between Australia and Suriname

Public diplomacy

Through the Direct Aid Program (DAP), the Australian Government supports community projects in Suriname. Recent projects have focused on improving access to clean water and sanitation facilities in rural and indigenous communities, and waste separation and recycling in urban areas.Economic diplomacy

The Australian Government supports Australian investors in Suriname by providing support and advice on political, economic and regulatory environments.

Further economic and trade information can be found in our Suriname trade/economic fact sheet [PDF].


Austrade’s Mexico City Office aims to attract foreign direct investment from Suriname into Australia, identifies market opportunities in Suriname, and promotes the capabilities of Australian exporters and education providers


Austrade offices

Australian High Commission in Trinidad and Tobago

18 Herbert Street, St Clair, Port of Spain
Trinidad and Tobago

Tel: +1 (868) 822 5450


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last updated November 2020

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