Sint Maarten consists of the southern third of the volcanic island of Saint Martin in the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean, east of the United States Virgin Islands.
It is a consituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
The northern two thirds of the island consists of Saint Martin, an overseas collectivity of France.
Sint Maarten has a total area of 13 square miles (34 square kilometers.)
The island of Saint Martin is the smallest land mass on Earth that is divided between two different countries.
Sint Maarten has land that is hilly but low.
It has a tropical climate that is moderated by trade winds from the northeast.
Sint Maarten is prone to hurricanes between July and November.
The capital of Sint Maarten is Philipsburg
About 37,400 people live in Sint Maarten.
The official language is English. Other languages spoken include Dutch, French, Spanish, Papiamento and Creole.
39% of the people are Roman Catholic, 45% are Protestant and 3% are Jewish.
Tourism forms the basis of Sint Maarten's economy. Almost 80% of the workforce is involved in tourism.
There are many beaches.
Agricultural activity is limited. Sugar is exported.
The country must import its manufactured goods, its energy resources and almost all of its food.
Sint Maarten was part of the Netherlands Antilles until the Netherlands Antilles were dissolved in 2010.