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

Services for Isle of Man sex abuse victims 'unacceptable' (Nov 14, 2018 16:53)
Alleged victims of sex abuse have to fly to the UK because of a lack of specialist services on th...

Young offending spike is 'alarming' says Isle of Man chief constable (Nov 14, 2018 11:33)
Gary Roberts says a 22% increase in arrests shows that the island's youth justice team is "now fa...

Flybe up for sale weeks after profit warning (Nov 14, 2018 10:01)
The regional airline's board says it is in discussions about a potential sale of the company.

Isle of Man chief minister defends jet VAT position (Nov 13, 2018 16:52)
The chief minister defends the Manx VAT policy on jet ownership after EU "abusive practices" alle...

Hen harrier feared to have been deliberately killed (Nov 13, 2018 12:17)
The hen harrier, which had a satellite tag, was last recorded in the North York Moors.

Miniature fairy buildings spread magic on Isle of Man (Nov 11, 2018 00:34)
Islanders have been captivated by the mysterious tiny buildings hidden in nooks and crannies.

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