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

Bookkeeper who stole to pay for horse-box renovation has appeal rejected (May 22, 2017 13:22)
A woman who stole £33k from her uncle's firm to renovate a horse-box has her sentence appeal reje...

Geoff Cannell's 'TT treasures' sold at auction (May 22, 2017 10:47)
The sale of TT memorabilia collected over half a century attracted bids from all over the world.

IoM police to trial body cameras from TT festival week (May 22, 2017 09:06)
The Isle of Man Constabulary will trial the credit card-sized devices for six months starting in ...

New £2.2m Peel lifeboat could 'halve response times' (May 20, 2017 10:19)
The new Shannon class lifeboat is described as the "most agile and manoeuvrable all-weather lifeb...

Breast cancer charity 'let down' over Liverpool Airport quiet room (May 19, 2017 17:14)
The airport has gone back on a pledge to provide a quiet room for patients in transit, the charit...

Man jailed for raping three women on Isle of Man (May 19, 2017 16:55)
William Henry Kelly attacked three women between 2013 and 2016 on the Isle of Man.

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