In 1954, Sint Maarten and several other Dutch Caribbean possessions became partof the Kingdom of the Netherlands as the Netherlands Antilles. In a 2000referendum, the citizens of Sint Maarten voted to become a self-governingcountry within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The change in status becameeffective in October of 2010 with the dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles.
The international dialling code for St. Maarten: +599-5
2 equal horizontal bands of red (top) and blue with a whiteisosceles triangle based on the hoist side; the centre of the triangle displaysthe Sint Maarten coat of arms; the arms consist of an orange-bordered blueshield prominently displaying the white court house in Philipsburg, as well as abouquet of yellow sage (the national flower) in the upper left, and thesilhouette of a Dutch-French friendship monument in the upper right; the shieldis surmounted by a yellow rising sun in front of which is a Brown Pelican inflight; a yellow scroll below the shield bears the motto: SEMPER PROGREDIENS (Always Progressing); the three main colours are identical to those on the Dutchflag
Caribbean, located in the Leeward Islands (northern) group;Dutch part of the island of Saint Martin in the Caribbean Sea; Sint Maarten lieseast of the US Virgin Islands
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