People on the Suriname River, Suriname. Editorial credit: Marcel Bakker


Suriname is a constitutional democracy that holds generally free and fair elections. However, corruption and clientelism are pervasive problems in society and in the government, undermining the rule of law. In 2020, a new government was elected, and the country’s new leaders have promised to tackle graft and abuses of state power.

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Freedom in the World — Suriname Country Report

Suriname is rated Free in Freedom in the World, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.