The business customs in Suriname do not differ significantly from those in the U.S., although the pace can be more leisurely. Government offices are mostly open from 7:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Meetings with government officials are best arranged in the morning. Most businesses are open from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays. In addition, some retail businesses have extended Friday business hours until 7 p.m.
Business entertainment includes dinners, cocktail parties and small lunches. Business suits are worn, but due to the tropical climate, casual clothing is often acceptable at most business meetings (except those with senior government officials).
Business showcases are organized throughout the year and the exchange of business cards is a normal practice during meetings. Surinamese prefer establishing a comfortable working relationship first, as opposed to directly tackling business and the presenting of gifts is acceptable.
Dutch is the official language of Suriname and almost all business contacts in the capital speak English as well.