Etiquette

Suriname is an easygoing, laid-back and multicultural country, where you don''t have to worry too much about rules of behavior.

  • Language Nearly all locals will address a foreigner in Dutch first, which is the official language of Suriname, despite not being the first language most locals use with each other. A simple 'I don't speak Dutch' will move the language into English.
  • Multiculturalism Be aware that there are dozens of cultures, languages, religions and ethnicities in Suriname, and so what might be appropriate in one place may be highly appropriate in another.
  • Photography Always ask before you take photographs of people, especially in the interior of the country, where there can be suspicion of photography.