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

Mark Cavendish fractures rib after heavy crash in Milan-San Remo (Mar 17, 2018 20:21)
Mark Cavendish suffers another fractured rib after crashing heavily into a bollard in the final 1...

Mark Cavendish crashes heavily in Milan-San Remo race in Italy (Mar 17, 2018 17:56)
Mark Cavendish suffers a heavy crash after hitting a bollard in the final 10km of the Milan-San R...

Island Games 'could boost Anglesey economy by £4.5m' (Mar 16, 2018 18:33)
Ynys Mon says it is capable of hosting the Island Games in 2025 for the first time.

North West 200: Ian Hutchinson hopeful of racing as he continues recovery (Mar 16, 2018 17:20)
Ian Hutchinson says he remains hopeful of racing at the North West 200 as he continues his recove...

Anglesey in "strong position" to host 2025 Island Games (Mar 16, 2018 13:57)
Ynys Mon says it is capable of hosting the Island Games in 2025 for the first time.

Underley Hall abuse trial: Third man cleared of abuse (Mar 15, 2018 17:14)
The jury have yet to return verdicts on one other man accused of assault and child cruelty.

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