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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

Ancient ring found by Netflix-inspired metal detector (Dec 14, 2018 17:05)
The find, thought to be up to 600 years old, has been officially classed as treasure.

Ancient ring found by TV-inspired metal detector (Dec 14, 2018 17:05)
The find, thought to be up to 600 years old, has been officially classed as treasure.

Isle of Man postal workers agree no more 2018 strikes (Dec 14, 2018 16:20)
Staff agree to hold no more strikes this year ahead of more talks over a pay and pensions dispute.

Isle of Man banks' dormant accounts' cash 'could go to charity' (Dec 14, 2018 16:12)
Money in accounts left untouched for 15 years could ultimately be given to Manx charities, it is ...

More than 200 Isle of Man postal workers begin strike (Dec 13, 2018 12:30)
The Isle of Man Post Office confirmed talks to resolve the dispute will continue on Thursday.

Archibald Knox clocks auctioned in New York (Dec 13, 2018 12:09)
The unique clocks designed by celebrated Manx-born artist Archibald Knox date back to the 1900s.

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