Transport and infrastructure in SurinameOur listing of the primary types of transport compares the infrastructure of Suriname with the average of all countries in America. The main traffic and transport routes are in good condition, but do not reach the level of the leading industrial nations.
The waterways listed refer to inland traffic on rivers and canals. The number of ports includes those located on the 386 km of coastline. In 2020, about 109,600 freight containers were transported.
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Road trafficThe network of roads and highways has a total length of 4,304 km. For each of the country's 612,985 inhabitants, this corresponds to 7.02 meters. This puts Suriname in 75th place in the global ranking. However, it is also important to note that the country's population density is very low at around 4 inhabitants per km². In this case, disproportionately long distances generally have to be covered to reach the more remote parts of the country.
With an average of 86 traffic fatalities per year (2013 - 2019), road traffic in Suriname is considered reasonably safe. This corresponds to 14.8 accident fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants per year. By comparison, this figure is 12.3 in the USA and 17.0 worldwide.
In Suriname, left-hand traffic is the rule on the roads, i.e. you drive in the left lane and overtake on the right. Oncoming traffic comes to meet you on the right side. Here you can also find an overview of all countries with left-hand traffic.
|total||per 1 mio|
|Roadways||4,300 km||7,021.38 km||26.27 m|
|Railroads||0 km||0.00 km||0.00 m|
|Waterways||1,200 km||1,957.63 km||7.33 m|
|total||per 1 mio|
|Roadways||3,101,100 km||7,134.46 km||174.14 m|
|Railroads||85,100 km||195.82 km||4.78 m|
|Waterways||119,400 km||274.61 km||6.70 m|
Data sources used• Global Health Observatory Data Repository (World Health Organization)
• Internation Union of Railways (UIC)
• CIA Factbook
• OECD Statistics
• Wikipedia (german)