|Suriname :: Brief History|
Capital City: Paramaribo
National Holiday: Independence Day, 25 November (1975)
National Anthem: Click here for anthem.Brief History: Though Dutch traders had established several colonies in the Guiana region before, the Dutch did not get hold of what is now Suriname until the Treaty of Breda, settling the end of the Second Anglo-Dutch War.
After becoming an autonomous part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in 1954, independence was granted in 1975. A military regime led by Desi Bouterse ruled the country in the 1980s, until democracy was re-established in 1988.
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