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

Peel Cathedral: Vandals target grounds of Isle of Man cathedral (Jun 21, 2018 15:13)
The spate of vandalism has seen graffiti sprayed, sculptures smashed and turf displaced.

Claire Lomas TT challenge: 'I can only feel the handle bars' (Jun 20, 2018 09:31)
Claire Lomas, paralysed from the chest down, is determined to race around the TT Mountain circuit.

Isle of Man trout farm raid leaves thousands of fish dead (Jun 19, 2018 14:30)
Intruders are thought to have tampered with machinery at a farm, killing more than 4,500 rainbow ...

TT 2018: Investigation launched into Steve Mercer crash (Jun 18, 2018 15:39)
Steve Mercer's motorbike was in collision with a course car heading to Dan Kneen's fatal crash sc...

Isle of Man TT: Over 1,000 pay tribute to dead star (Jun 17, 2018 10:49)
Former Irish Superbike champion Dan Kneen was killed in a Mountain Course crash.

Business lunch with a difference (Jan 20, 2017 06:59)
Jenny Brew reckons the customers at her newly re-opened cafe will never be bored.

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