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

Isle of Man TT: Michael Dunlop hoping to perform to full potential at 2019 races (May 24, 2019 14:46)
Michael Dunlop says he did not perform to the level he is capable of at last year's Isle of Man T...

Isle of Man voluntary living wage rises to £9.76 (May 24, 2019 13:34)
The hourly rate is increased by £1.15, the first increase since it was introduced in 2017.

2019 Douglas horse trams up and running after delay (May 24, 2019 12:38)
The Douglas Bay Horse Tramway season starts a month late following promenade refurbishment delays.

Cocaine worth £200k seized at Isle of Man Sea Terminal (May 23, 2019 17:29)
A man is arrested on suspicion of drug importation after a seizure at the Isle of Man Sea Terminal.

Ramsey park may get bee hotels to deal with climbing frame infestation (May 23, 2019 16:43)
Commissioners consider providing manmade homes for bees after they are found in park equipment.

Isle of Man patient hotel allowance to almost double (May 23, 2019 12:43)
The amount Manx patients treated in the UK can claim for hotel stays is to rise from £28 to £50.

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