He who would travel happily must travel light.
— Antoine de Saint Exupéry, 1900 - 1944




Jersey and the other Channel Islands represent the last remnants of the medieval Dukedom of Normandy that held sway in both France and England. These islands were the only British soil occupied by German troops in World War II. Jersey is a British crown dependency but is not part of the UK or of the European Union. However, the UK Government is constitutionally responsible for its defense and international representation.


The island of Jersey is the largest and southernmost of the British Channel Islands. It lies in the English Channel, northwest of France.

The Bailiwick of Jersey is a self-governing British crown dependency and is not administered by the United Kingdom. The Channel Islands are the last remnants of the Dukedom of Normandy and are considered a separate jurisdiction to the United Kingdom.

This beautiful island is famous for the Jersey Cow, Lilly Langtry and the Bergerac TV series during the eighties.

Read more about Jersey in our Jersey travel guide »

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Full name
Bailiwick of Jersey
Saint Helier

Western Europe, island in the English Channel, northwest of France

Geographic coordinates

49 15 N, 2 10 W

Area comparative

about two-thirds the size of Washington, DC


70 km


temperate; mild winters and cool summers


gently rolling plain with low, rugged hills along north coast

Lowest point

Atlantic Ocean 0 m

Highest point

unnamed elevation 143 m

Natural resources

arable land


93,363 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

Jersey 51.1%, Britons 34.8%, Irish, French, and other white 6.6%, Portuguese/Madeiran 6.4%, other 1.1% (2001 census)


Anglican, Roman Catholic, Baptist, Congregational New Church, Methodist, Presbyterian


English 94.5% (official), Portuguese 4.6%, other 0.9% (2001 census)

Government type

parliamentary democracy


none (British crown dependency)

National holiday

Liberation Day, 9 May (1945)

Chief of state

Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952); represented by Lieutenant Governor Andrew RIDGEWAY (since 14 June 2006)

Head of government

Chief Minister Terry LE SUEUR (12 December 2008); Bailiff Michael BIRT (since 9 July 2009)

Internet country code


Internet users

29,500 (2009)


1 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Gorey, Saint Aubin, Saint Helier

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