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Saint Martin
Native name:
Sint Maarten  (Dutch)
Saint-Martin  (French)
Nickname: The Friendly Island
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Location Caribbean Sea
Coordinates 18°04′N 63°03′W / 18.067°N 63.050°W / 18.067; -63.050
Archipelago Leeward Islands, Lesser Antilles, West Indies islands
Area 87 km2 (34 sq mi)
Highest elevation 414 m (1,358 ft)
Highest point Pic Paradis
Overseas collectivity Saint Martin
Capital and largest settlement Marigot (pop. 5,700)
Area covered 53 km2 (20 sq mi; 60.9%)
Constituent country Sint Maarten
Capital Philipsburg
Largest settlement Lower Prince's Quarter (pop. 8,123)
Area covered 34 km2 (13 sq mi; 39.1%)
Demonym St. Martinois (French);
St. Maartener (Dutch)
Population 77,741 (1 January 2009)
Pop. density 892 /km2 (2,310 /sq mi)
Ethnic groups Afro-Caribbean, European, Chinese, East Indian, and mixed
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Map of Saint Martin.

Saint Martin is a tropical island in the northeast Caribbean, approximately 300 km southeast of Puerto Rico. The 87 km² island is divided roughly in half between France and the Netherlands; it is the smallest inhabited sea island divided between two nations.

The main towns are Marigot (on the French part) and Philipsburg in the Dutch one. About 60.000 people live on the island.

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