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Country of Saint Maarten
Land Sint Maarten
Political Status: Former Dutch dependency; from 1948 a component of the Netherlands Antilles, which became autonomous in internal affairs, under charter of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, effective December 29, 1954; achieved separate autonomous status in internal affairs upon dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles on October 10, 2010.
Area: 13.1 sq. mi. (34 sq. km).
Population: 39,088 (2012E—U.S. Census).
Major Urban Center (2010E): PHILIPSBURG (1,228), Lower Prince’s Quarters (8,123).
Official Languages: Dutch and English.
Monetary Unit: Netherlands Antilles Guilder (official rate November 5, 2012: 1.79 guilders = $1US). The guilder is pegged to the U.S. dollar. A new Caribbean guilder, likewise pegged to the dollar, is to be introduced jointly by St. Maarten and Curaçao in January 2012.
Sovereign: Queen BEATRIX Wilhelmina Armgard.
Governor: Eugene HOLIDAY; nominated ...