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

Motor racing fans help ducks across TT route (May 27, 2018 22:34)
They were riding around the Isle of Man route ahead of the event when they spotted the ducks.

Motorcylist dies in three-vehicle Isle of Man crash (May 27, 2018 16:07)
The man, from Merseyside, was involved in a collision with a Mercedes van and a Ford SUV, police ...

Bonfire warning after Isle of Man gorse fire (May 27, 2018 10:26)
The fire service is asking members of the public to refrain from having bonfires during dry weather.

Isle of Man TT: Michael Dunlop and Dean Harrison star on first night of practice (May 26, 2018 21:53)
Michael Dunlop and Dean Harrison set the fastest speeds in the Supertwins and Supersport classes ...

World Superbikes: Jonathan Rea aiming to surpass Carl Fogarty's wins record at Donington (May 24, 2018 20:11)
Jonathan Rea says he wants to keep the momentum from his double success at Imola going as he prep...

Irish sailors rescued between Isle of Man and Scotland (May 24, 2018 12:43)
The men were stranded seven miles south-west of Burrow Head in Scotland after their engine failed.

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