Suriname, or officially known as the Republic of Suriname, is a country in South America that is on the Atlantic Ocean, just above Brazil.
Suriname was colonized and contested by a number of European powers in the 16th century until it officially conquered by the Dutch in the 17th century. Suriname remained under Dutch rule and became an independent in 1975. Because of its prolonged Dutch rule, the official language spoken there is Dutch.
The origin of the name Suriname is unknown. It may derive from an indigenous population called Surinen. Suriname's name was Surinam, without the final "e" until it was changed to its current spelling in 1978.
The correct pronunciation of Suriname is Soo-ree-NAHM-uh.
In the official pronunciation, the stress is pronounced on the third syllable, -NAHM. In the first syllable the "u" is pronounced with an "oo" sound. In the second syllable, the "i" is pronounced with a long "e", which means an "ee" sound. The third syllable is then pronounced like the "nam" in "Vietnam". The final syllable is pronounced with a short "uh" sound, which can be difficult to distinguish from the final sound of the "m" in the previous syllable.