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

Island Games 2017: Gotland launches biennial event with opening ceremony (Jun 24, 2017 19:07)
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Ramsey Commissioners agree courthouse purchase deal (Jun 23, 2017 13:55)
The Ramsey Courthouse deal followed discussions between the town's commissioners and the government.

National Road Championships 2017: Stephen Cummings dedicates win to wife (Jun 23, 2017 11:10)
A visibly emotional Cummings dedicated his title victory to his wife and family.

Peter Eagles: New bishop of Sodor and Man consecrated at York Minster (Jun 23, 2017 09:08)
Sodor and Man is the smallest diocese in the Church of England, overseeing 45 churches and 27 par...

National Road Championships 2017: Rose, Christian and Davies claim titles (Jun 22, 2017 15:04)
Claire Rose says her maiden national cycling title - the women's time trial - has "not quite sunk...

National Road Championships 2017: Claire Rose wins women's time trial (Jun 22, 2017 15:04)
Claire Rose says her maiden national cycling title - the women's time trial on the Isle of Man - ...

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