Sint Maarten is one of four constituent countries of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. This country is located on the island of Saint Marten located in the Caribbean. Sint Maarten makes up about 40% of Saint Martin. In terms of land area, Sint Maarten is only about 14 square miles. With a population of 33,609 people based on the 2011 census, this makes Sint Maarten one of the most densely populated areas in the world with a population density of nearly 2,875 people per square mile.
The capital of Sint Maarten is Phillipsburg, which is home to over 1,300 people. This is a very popular tourist destination that is visited by many cruise ships from the United States. However, the most populous city in Sint Maarten is Lower Prince’s Quarter, which has a population of 8,143 people according to numbers from 2015. Other settlements with populations exceeding 5,000 people include Cul de Sac and Cole Bay.
English is the language that is spoken by the majority of inhabitants in Sint Maarten. Over 67% of St. Maarteners speak English. It is also used by the government with the exception of communications with the Dutch government, which are performed in Dutch. This is why both Dutch and English are the official languages of Sint Maarten. Local signage throughout the country is written in both English and Dutch. Other languages spoken in the area include French, Papiamento, Spanish, and Creole.
The inhabitants of the country follow a variety of religions. Most people are Roman Catholic. This religion is practiced by over 33% of the total population. There are also smaller populations of Pentecostal, Methodist, Hindu, and Anglican residents, just to name a few religions.
Sint Maarten in the past has had a strong economy that is primarily based on tourism. However, the impact of Hurricane Irma in 2017 has had a dramatic effect on the economy due to increased inflation, a loss of tourists, and other factors. Still, Sint Maarten has one of the largest GDPs per capita in the world.