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Isle of Man


Isle of Man

Part of the Norwegian Kingdom of the Hebrides until the 13th century when it was ceded to Scotland, the isle came under the British crown in 1765. Current concerns include reviving the almost extinct Manx Gaelic language. Isle of Man is a British crown dependency but is not part of the UK or of the European Union. However, the UK Government remains constitutionally responsible for its defense and international representation.


The Isle of Man (in Manx, Ellan Vannin) is an island in the British Isles, located in the Irish Sea between the islands of Great Britain and Ireland. It is a British Crown dependency (and therefore not part of the United Kingdom itself); the UK is responsible for defence and foreign affairs. The island has its own government (headed by a Chief Minister) and parliament - "Tynwald" (consisting of the democratically-elected "House of Keys" and the nominated "Legislative Council".) The Isle of Man is not a full member of the European Union, but an associate member.

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Isle of Man


Western Europe, island in the Irish Sea, between Great Britain and Ireland

Geographic coordinates

54 15 N, 4 30 W

Area comparative

slightly more than three times the size of Washington, DC


160 km


temperate; cool summers and mild winters; overcast about a third of the time


hills in north and south bisected by central valley

Lowest point

Irish Sea 0 m

Highest point

Snaefell 621 m

Natural resources



83,859 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

Manx (Norse-Celtic descent), Britons


Anglican, Roman Catholic, Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Society of Friends


English, Manx Gaelic (about 2% of the population has some knowledge)

Government type

parliamentary democracy


none (British crown dependency)

National holiday

Tynwald Day, 5 July

Chief of state

Lord of Mann Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952); represented by Lieutenant Governor Sir Paul K. HADDACKS (since 17 October 2005)

Head of government

Chief Minister Tony BROWN (since 14 December 2006)

Internet country code



1 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Douglas, Ramsey

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