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

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.

TT festival: Cycles banned from Mountain Road (May 24, 2018 10:57)
Cyclists have traditionally avoided the Mountain Road, but police have decided a firm message is ...

Isle of Man TT: William Dunlop set to compete after injury (May 23, 2018 12:37)
William Dunlop says he will fit to compete at the Isle of Man TT after injuries forced him to sit...

Search to reunite bride with wedding album found in Douglas flat (May 22, 2018 15:28)
The white wedding album was originally found in a flat in Douglas on the Isle of Man in 1982.

Isle of Man poised to buy Steam Packet Company for £124m. (May 22, 2018 11:29)
While Steam Packet will become publicly owned, the Manx government will not take over its day-to-...

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