The Isle of Man – Online

Isle of ManThe Isle of Man is a self-governing Crown dependency, located in the Irish Sea at the geographical centre of the British Isles. On a clear day you can see all parts of the UK from the highest point of the Island, Snaefell. The head of state is Queen Elizabeth II, who holds the title of Lord of Mann. The Crown is represented by a Lieutenant Governor. The island is not part of the United Kingdom but foreign relations, defence, and ultimate good governance of the Isle of Man are the responsibility of the government of the United Kingdom.

On top of all that it’s also a very nice place to live! A very high quality of life can be enjoyed on the island which reminds many people of what the UK used to be like. Crime is relatively low and whilst the island has certainly “changed” over time it is still a very safe place to live. Outside of the capital serious crime is very rare indeed. Public services are very well supported on the Isle of Man and the health care and education systems in particular compare very well to the neighbouring islands.

The Isle of Man offers many employment opportunities although the primary source of income for the island is through offshore company formation and other financial services. The island does still retain a healthy retail sector and the low tax regime offers many opportunities for those with entrepreneurial spirit! Tourism has been on the decline for decades now with the Island appearing to concentrate on annual events rather than a tourist season. By far the most popular of these events is the Isle of Man TT races, an event for which the island is well known around the world. Sporting events like the Parish Walk and End To End race also attract visiting competitors.

The main criticism of the Island from residents seems to be a lack of things to do. For an island with a population of only 80,000 people I can’t see that problem although one or two wet weather facilities wouldn’t go amiss. One thing is for sure though and this is when the sun shines there are few better places to be!

Isle of Man News - Latest Headlines

James Cowton: Death of Southern 100 racer 'accidental' (May 22, 2019 17:59)
Road racer James Cowton crashed when his engine cut out during the 600cc race, an inquest hears.

Tynwald approves Manx healthcare system overhaul approved (May 22, 2019 14:09)
Politicians back the creation of a new body to deliver healthcare at arm's length from the govern...

Archibald Knox: Liberty designer receives Manx honour (May 22, 2019 14:01)
Archibald Knox, who became Liberty's chief designer, is added to the Manx Patriots' roll of honour.

Three rescued from yacht stranded off Isle of Man (May 21, 2019 14:48)
A crew is found safe and well after a yacht runs into trouble in the Irish Sea, the RNLI says.

Dubai plane crash: Manx pilot was 'beautiful soul' (May 21, 2019 11:52)
Isle of Man pilot William Blackburn was among four people killed in a crash near Dubai airport.

Body washed up on Isle of Man beach "likely drowned" (May 20, 2019 18:11)
Edwin Parsons of Cumbria died of "suspected drowning", an inquest at Douglas Courthouse hears.

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