Suriname is a small country by South American standards because it is the smallest sovereign state on this continent. Suriname is located on the northeast coast of South America, between Guyana and French Guiana. The shores of this country are lapped by the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, while Suriname's southern neighbor is Brazil. The capital is Paramaribo, which is located on the coast, and a large part of the country is overgrown with forests, and about 30 percent of the country is under different levels of state protection. Suriname has a national park for every biome located on its territory and rich biodiversity, especially in the southern part of the country where the Amazon rainforests are located, intersected by numerous rivers of the largest basin on the planet.