|Land Area||156,000 km2|
|Water Area||7,820 km2|
|Total Area||163,820km2 (#90)|
|Government Type||Presidential Republic|
|GDP (PPP)||$8.55 Billion|
|GDP Per Capita||$15,200|
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The current flag of Suriname was officially adopted on November 25, 1975.
The white represents freedom and justice and the red and green were the colors of the political parties during independence. The gold star symbolizes unity and hope.
Suriname Coat of Arms:
The Suriname Coat of Arms includes the country's motto, which reads "Justitia - Pietas - Fides" meaning "Justice - Piety - Fidelity". Two natives carry a shield with two halves. The left half of the shield represents the past, as slaves were abducted via ship out of Africa. The right half, the side of the present, shows a Royal Palm, the symbol of a just person ("The just person should blossom like a palm").
The diamond in the middle is the stylized form of the heart, which is regarded as the organ of love. The points of the diamond show the four directions of the wind. Inside the diamond is a five-pointed star. This star symbolizes the five continents from which the inhabitants of Suriname migrated: Africa, America, Australia, Asia, and Europe.