Coat of arms of Suriname

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Suriname coat of arms
Coat of arms of Suriname.svg
Introduced November 25, 1975
Heraldic shield Royal palm , diamond, star, ship
Sign holder native people
Motto (motto) Justitia-Pietas-Fides (justice, piety, fidelity)

The coat of arms of Suriname was awarded in 1975.


The heraldic right half of the shield symbolizes the past when slaves were carried away by ship from Africa to Suriname.

The heraldic left half is the side of the present, symbolized by the royal palm , also the symbol of the just person (“ the just person should blossom like a palm ”).

The diamond in the center of the shield is the stylized shape of the heart, which is considered an organ of love. The dots of the diamond indicate the four wind directions. As a symbol of trust, the star symbolizes not only hope, expectation and peace but also loyalty from the heraldic motto. The five points that make up the star are reminiscent of the five continents as well as the five major population groups that make up the nation. It can also be found in the Suriname flag .

Shield holders are two indigenous people.

The Latin motto of Suriname is:

" Justitia-Pietas-Fides "
( Justice, piety, fidelity )


The basic form of the coat of arms goes back to the 17th century, but has been changed several times. It was designed by Noni Verwey-Lichtveld in 1959 and is based in detail on older coats of arms. In its current form, it was introduced on December 15, 1959 and retained after the declaration of independence in 1975.


  • Karl-Heinz Hesmer: Flags and coats of arms of the world. History and symbolism of the flags and coats of arms of all states. Bertelsmann Lexikon Verlag, Gütersloh 1992, ISBN 3-570-01082-1 .

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