Transport and infrastructure in Suriname

Our 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.

Airports in Suriname

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Road traffic

The 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.



 totalper 1 mio
per km²
Roadways4,300 km7,021.38 km26.27 m
Railroads0 km0.00 km0.00 m
Waterways1,200 km1,957.63 km7.33 m
Commercial harbors1016.310.000

South America

 total per 1 mio
per km²
Roadways3,101,100 km7,134.46 km174.14 m
Railroads85,100 km195.82 km4.78 m
Waterways119,400 km274.61 km6.70 m
Commercial harbors2,2605.200.000

Data sources used

Global Health Observatory Data Repository (World Health Organization)
Internation Union of Railways (UIC)
CIA Factbook
OECD Statistics
Wikipedia (german)
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