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

Prom relay charity success (Aug 28, 2015 14:07)
The third annual KPMG Promenade Relay has raised more than £13,000 for the Alzheimer’s...

Tributes paid to teacher and union stalwart (Aug 28, 2015 14:07)
Tributes have been paid to a leading teachers’ union official, who died this week.

Family pays tribute to racer Hoffer (Aug 28, 2015 13:32)
The sister of a Dutch racer who died during Manx Grand Prix practice says her brother was "follow...

Bell’s trip to Ireland to find out how the republic grew its economy (Aug 28, 2015 13:15)
Chief Minister Allan Bell MHK has been to Ireland to learn lessons about growing the economy.

New body to negotiate pay and conditions for public sector staff (Aug 28, 2015 13:05)
A new body will settle pay and conditions for public sector staff from Tuesday.

Fresh intake of student police officers (Aug 28, 2015 11:22)
A fresh intake of student officers is preparing to take its first steps towards a career in the M...

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