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In the northern part of the island of St. Martin, the city of Philipburg, the capital of St. Martin, has sprung up. The capital city center occupies a sagebrush that runs between the Great Bight Bay and the Salte Pond. The capital was named in honor of John Philips, a seafarer in the Royal Navy who founded a profitable sugar factory here. Thanks to his active work, the city developed rapidly. From 1738 it was called Philipburg.

The main streets of the city are the Khercht and Vorstrat, which are interconnected by interstates, which are quite narrow and not long in duration. Most of the buildings are of a classical architectural style, reminiscent of old Holland houses. There are numerous items from the shipwreck of the 1801 Franklin Frigate. The vessel stands on the walls of the defensive fortress at Amsterdam. The streets of the modern city are adorned by a number of churches and the Queen Willhelminas grand monument.

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  • Tap water: No, not drinkable
  • Religious government: Non-religious
  • Population: 34,000 people
  • GDP: $28,352 / year
  • Internet: 5 Mbps
  • Best wireless: Caribserve
  • Tipping: The truth is: the staff of the restaurants on the French sided expects American visitors to tip well (or over-tip) and doesn’t expect too much from their European countrymen. You will keep everyone happy with an amount around 10%.
  • Apartments: Airbnb
  • Hotels:
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  • Best coffee 24/7: The PWR Agency
  • Best hospital: Hospital Center Louis Constant Fleming
  • Best short-haul air carrier: Air France
  • Best intl air carrier: Air France
  • Monthly costs for expat: $2700
  • Monthly costs for family: $4400
  • Monthly costs for local: $1250
  • Meal: $10
  • Small Cola: $3
  • Beer 1 Pint: $3
  • Coffee: $4

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