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 man found injured at school treated in UK (Oct 16, 2018 12:50)
The man, who was injured in unexplained circumstances, remains in an intensive care unit in Liver...

Isle of Man firm wins permission to search seabed for gas and oil (Oct 15, 2018 15:51)
Natural gas from the Manx seabed could provide "energy security" for the island, a company says.

World Superbikes: Jonathan Rea earns record 10th straight win in Argentina (Oct 14, 2018 19:46)
Jonathan Rea sets a new record of 10 straight World Superbike race wins by taking victory in Arge...

World War One: Armistice Day coins to be given to Manx students (Oct 12, 2018 12:10)
More than 8,200 Manx men enlisted in the armed forces during World War One, of whom 1,165 were ki...

Storm Callum: Isle of Man flights and ferry service cancelled (Oct 12, 2018 09:55)
Winds from Storm Callum batter Manx shores, cancelling flights and an overnight ferry service.

Man found seriously injured at St Ninian's High School (Oct 11, 2018 13:53)
Police say it is unclear what has happened to the man and an investigation is under way.

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