Suriname country brief

Key engagement

Pursuit of common interests in multilateral fora.


Export and investment opportunities exist in Suriname for Australian businesses, particularly in mining and oil and related services and supplies.

Bilateral relations

Australia and Suriname formally established diplomatic relations on 3 February 1994, although Australian diplomats had been visiting Suriname since the 1970s. Suriname's Embassy in Jakarta manages its relations with Australia. Australia's High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobagois accredited as Ambassador to Suriname.

Foreign relations

Suriname is a member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and other regional organisations.

Australia and Suriname are members of the UN.

Foreign Policy White Paper

Fast facts

  • Surinamese visitors to Australia (2017) — <100
  • Australian visitors to Suriname (primary destination 2017) — 100
  • Resident Australian population born in Suriname (2016) — 100
  • Australian residents of Caribbean Islander descent (2016) — 3,600
  • Surinamese students in Australia (2017) — <5

Public diplomacy

Through the Direct Aid Program (DAP), the Australian Government provides financial support to a range of projects in Suriname. Recent DAP projects have focussed on water and sanitation in remote areas and waste recycling and disposal.

Economic diplomacy

Further economic and trade information can be found in our Economic Factsheet for Suriname.

High level engagement


July – Foreign Minister Julie Bishop met Suriname's Foreign Minister Yldiz Pollack-Beighle at the 38th CARICOM Summit in Grenada.


See Smartraveller for information on travelling to Suriname.

Australian High Commission in Trinidad and Tobago

18 Herbert Street, St Clair, Port of Spain
Trinidad and Tobago
Tel: +1 (868) 822 5450

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Last Updated: 15 February 2019