Which Countries Border Suriname?

Suriname's location within South America.
Suriname's location within South America.

The Republic of Suriname is a 64,000 square mile nation that is situated in the northeastern section of the South American continent. Historical evidence indicates that human societies have lived within Suriname's borders for a long period that dates back to 3000 BC. Despite the long history of human habitation, the present-day borders of Suriname were influenced by events that occurred after the arrival of the Europeans in the 16th century. Suriname borders Brazil, Guyana, and French Guiana.


Brazil and Suriname are separated by a border of roughly 320 miles long that is situated in the southern edge of Suriname. The border with Brazil happens to be Suriname's shortest land boundary. The border that separates Suriname and Brazil is considered to be Suriname's least controversial border, and it had held that distinction since 1906 when the Treaty of Limits was signed between the independent nation of Brazil and the Netherlands which at the time had control of Suriname. The Paru River is located close to the border on the Brazilian side. One of the main features located on the Suriname side of the border is Sipaliwini Natural Reserve. There are no official border crossing points from Suriname into Brazil due to the presence of thick vegetation. However, there are some towns in Suriname that are close to the border such as Alalapadu and Kwamalasamutu.


Suriname and Guyana share a border that is approximately 520 miles long and is situated on the western side of Suriname. The boundary that separates Suriname and Guyana is Suriname's most extended land boundary. Suriname and Guyana also share a maritime border in the Atlantic Ocean.

French Guiana

French Guiana and Suriname are separated by a boundary of roughly 345 miles long. There are some towns situated on the Surinamese side of the border with some of the most prominent being Cottica, Benzdrop, and Jamaike.

Border Security in Suriname

The government of Suriname has invested huge sums of money to ensure the safety of its borders. The government also cooperates with the neighboring nations particularly Brazil to keep its borders safe.


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