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Martinique is an island in the eastern Caribbean Sea, having a land area of 1,128 km². It is an overseas department of France. To the northwest lies Dominica, to the south St Lucia. As with the other overseas departments, Martinique is also one of the twenty-six regions of France (being an overseas region) and an integral part of the Republic.

As part of France, Martinique is part of the European Union, and its currency is the euro. Its official language is French, although many of its inhabitants also speak Antillean Creole (Créole Martiniquais). Martinique is pictured on all euro banknotes, on the reverse at the bottom of each note, right of the Greek ???O (EURO) next to the denomination.

The inhabitants of Martinique are French citizens with full political and legal rights. Martinique sends four deputies to the French National Assembly and two senators to the French Senate.
Today, the island enjoys a higher standard of living than most other Caribbean countries. The finest French products are easily available, from Chanel fashions to Limoges porcelain. Studying in the métropole is common for young adults. For the rest of the French, Martinique has been a vacation hotspot for many years, attracting both upper-class and more budget-conscious travelers.  Source

Martinique Facts

Population: 402 thousand

Capital: Fort-de-France

Currency: Euro

Area: 1,128 km2

Language: French

Main Religion: Christian

Calling Code: +00 596

Time Zone: GMT - 4

Main Cities: Fort-de-France, Le Lamentin, Le Robert, Sainte-Marie, Le Francois, Ducos, Saint-Joseph, Petite Riviere Salee, La Trinite, Riviere-Pilote