22 Facts About Sint Maarten


Sint Maarten is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the Caribbean.

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Sint Maarten has the status of an overseas country and territory and is not part of the European Union.

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Sint Maarten had been inhabited by Amerindian peoples for many centuries, with archaeological finds pointing to a human presence on the island as early as 2000 BC.

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In 1939 Sint Maarten received a major boost when it was declared a duty-free port.

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For much of this period, Sint Maarten was governed by business tycoon Claude Wathey of the Democratic Party.

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Sint Maarten became an "island territory" of the Netherlands Antilles in 1983.

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On 10 October 2010 Sint Maarten became a constituent country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, making it a constitutional equal partner with Aruba, Curacao, and the Netherlands proper.

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Sint Maarten immediately called for support from the European Union so the island could recover swiftly.

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Sint Maarten occupies the southern part of the island of Saint Martin in the Leeward Islands; the northern half forms the French territory of Saint Martin.

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Sint Maarten has a tropical savanna climate, and is drier than most parts of the northeastern Caribbean because of a rain shadow from the island's mountains, drying the trade winds.

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Sint Maarten is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and as such the monarch of the Netherlands is head of state, represented locally by a governor.

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Sint Maarten is largely autonomous in internal affairs, with the Netherlands responsible for foreign diplomacy and defence.

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The first woman to be the president of Sint Maarten was Gracita Arrindell, who was first elected in 2010.

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Sint Maarten was later acquitted of forgery and of fraud by the Common Court of Justice of the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba, but not of bribery.

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Sint Maarten is home to many distinctive plants such as hibiscus, yellow sage, flamboyant trees, mahogany, and cacti.

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Sint Maarten is a polyglot society, most are simultaneously bilingual in Dutch and English, and among them are speakers of Spanish and French.

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In 2014, St Sint Maarten had more gaming machines per resident than any other country in the world.

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Sint Maarten's culture is a mix of African, European and North American influences.

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However, Sint Maarten returned to international competition in March 2016, for the 2017 Caribbean Cup qualification tournament.

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Sint Maarten Cricket Association is a member of the Leeward Islands Cricket Association, which is, in turn, a member of the West Indies Cricket Board .

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Sint Maarten is known for its festive nightlife, expansive beaches, precious jewelry, traditional cuisines, and plentiful casinos.

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Sint Maarten is served by Princess Juliana International Airport, serving destinations across the Caribbean, North America and France and the Netherlands.

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