Philipsburg is the capital city of Sint Maarten, which is the Dutch part of a very unique 37 square mile island in the Caribbean that is divided into two countries: Dutch and French (Saint Martin).
The island of Sint Maarten-Saint Martin is the smallest land mass in the world to be shared by two different nations and provides vacationers the opportunity to enjoy three distinct cultures.
There is the delightfulness and soberness of the Dutch on one side, the savoir-faire of the French on the other, and the blending of both with exotic native heritage (taken from http://www.st-maarten.com/index.php/island).
English is the island’s predominate language; however, the official language is Dutch on the St. Maarten side, and French on the St. Martin side. French Creole, Spanish, Papiamento and other languages are also spoken. In fact, there are nearly 200 different nationalities of persons residing on this tiny island.