Suriname is strongly influenced by Asian, African, and European cultures. Suriname’s population includes Hindustanis, Creoles, Javanese, Maroons, and Amerindians. The diversity of its population is a point of pride among many Surinamese people. The country is about as large as the state of Florida, and about 95 percent of Suriname is covered with tropical rain forest.
In Suriname, conflict among different ethnic groups is uncommon. The Surinamese tend to be open, friendly, and generous. While American entertainment and fashion has influenced Surinamese culture, traditional customs remain prevalent.