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

Douglas sea defence plan 'looks worse than Berlin Wall' (Nov 19, 2018 14:08)
Douglas Council vote to object to a plan for a "nondescript" sea wall alongside the town's promen...

Macau Grand Prix: Peter Hickman cruises to third win in four years (Nov 17, 2018 11:04)
English rider Peter Hickman wins the Macau Grand Prix for a third time in four years win a race s...

Southern 100: Ivan Lintin's recovery going 'very well' (Nov 16, 2018 12:09)
The recovery of ex-TT winner Ivan Lintin, who crashed at the Southern 100 road races in the Isle ...

MacauGP 2018: TT star Peter Hickman claims pole (Nov 16, 2018 09:52)
Peter Hickman takes pole position for Saturday's Macau Grand Prix, ahead of Michael Rutter and Ma...

"Irreplaceable" David Gilbert artwork recovered in Liverpool (Nov 15, 2018 17:15)
More than half of 50 missing pieces by renowned artist David Gilbert have been found in Toxteth.

Isle of Man TT star Peter Hickman quickest in Macau (Nov 15, 2018 15:53)
Peter Hickman posts the fastest time in the opening qualifying session at the Macau Grand Prix.

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