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

Humboldt hatchings signal 'best year ever' for Curraghs Wildlife Park penguins (Jun 25, 2019 17:19)
The hatching of four Humboldt chicks signals a wildlife park's "best year ever" for penguins.

Classic TT: Michael Rutter and Adam McLean team up for Isle of Man event (Jun 25, 2019 14:14)
Michael Rutter is hoping to add to his tally of victories around the Mountain Course at the Augus...

Isle of Man: 'Dream' win for women's football team in Ynys Mon (Jun 25, 2019 12:10)
Women's football team take home the gold medal at the Inter Games Tournament after beating the ho...

Ramsey Queen's Pier project given Donald Collister grant (Jun 24, 2019 16:41)
Volunteers restoring a Victorian pier receive a grant from a heritage fund.

Isle of Man Parish Walk: Liam Parker takes 2019 title (Jun 24, 2019 12:50)
The winner of the 2019 Isle of Man Parish Walk Liam Parker says he is "relieved" to finish as he ...

Classic TT: Derek McGee set to make debut after missing last year's event (Jun 21, 2019 18:08)
Derek McGee is set to make his Classic TT debut in August after injury prevented him from competi...

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