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About the Embassy

Welcome to the U.S. Embassy in Paramaribo, Suriname!

The histories of the United States of America and Suriname are intertwined and richly similar.  First settled by the Amerindians, later by the British, and then by the Dutch, Suriname was ceded by the British to the Dutch in exchange for Nieuw Amsterdam, or what is now known as modern day Manhattan, in the Treaty of Breda in 1667.  Descendants of slaves brought from Africa, contract laborers from India, Indonesia, and China, and immigrants from all around the world contribute to the ethnic mix that gives Suriname its nickname, “the Little United Nations.” the United States and Suriname enjoy a diplomatic relationship that stretches back to 1790 and the commissioning of the first American consul to the then-Dutch colony.  Throughout the following centuries, the United States has maintained a positive presence that has enabled the Post to grow, becoming first a consular agency, and later a full embassy following Suriname’s independence in 1975.

The U.S. Embassy in Suriname aims to promote U.S. interests by strengthening democracy and encouraging the adoption of policies that spur economic growth and development.  The Embassy focuses on strengthening the capabilities of Suriname’s legal, judicial, health, education, media, and trade systems through workshops, trainings, donations, information exchange, partnership programs, and promotion of investment opportunities.

Due to Suriname’s rich cultural and ethnic history, the celebration and preservation of culture has also been a major focus of the U.S. Embassy in Paramaribo.  In a span of six years beginning in 2002, three grants from the Ambassadors’ Fund for Cultural Preservation have supported a seventeenth century Jewish settlement archaeological site, the translation of rare Moravian church manuscripts, and the preservation and teaching of traditional folk music.

The U.S. Embassy is led by Ambassador Jay Anania, supported by the Deputy Chief of Mission. State Department offices include the Consular section, Management section, Political and Economic section, Public Affairs section, and Regional Security Office.

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  • Evidence of the long history between the United State and Suriname

    Four American sea captains are buried in the Nieuw Oranjetuin cemetery in Paramaribo, Suriname from the period 1756-1766. Two are from Rhode Island, one from New London, New England and one from Middletown, Connecticut. 

  • Nathaniel Angel Grave - Photo by: State Dept.
    Capt. Nathaniel Angel

    Capt. Nathaniel Angel of Providence In the Colony of Rhode Island in New England He Died Jan. 22 AD 1766 

  • Capt. William Gardner Wanton Grave - Photo by: State Dept.
    Capt. William Gardner Wanton

    IN MEMORY Of Capt. William Gardner Wanton Of Rhode Island Who died July 15th 1756 

  • Capt. William Barbut grave - Photo by: State Dept.
    Capt. William Barbut

    In Memory of Capt. William Barbut of New London in New England Died March the 6th 1756 

  • Capt. Michal Burnham grave - Photo by: State Dept.
    Capt. Michal Burnham

    In Memory of Capt. Michal Burnham of Middletown in Connecticut who died November 29 1758