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Location: Northern South America, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between French Guiana and Guyana

A former Dutch colony. Independence from the Netherlands was granted in 1975. Five years later the civilian government was replaced by a military regime that soon declared a socialist republic. It continued to rule through a succession of nominally civilian administrations until 1987, when international pressure finally brought about a democratic election.

From the CIA World Factbook 2000. Not Wikified.