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Isle of Man

Background

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.

About

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

Capital
Douglas
Location

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

Coastline

160 km

Climate

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

Terrain

hills in north and south bisected by central valley

Lowest point

Irish Sea 0 m

Highest point

Snaefell 621 m

Natural resources

none

Population

83,859 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

Manx (Norse-Celtic descent), Britons

Religions

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

Languages

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

Government type

parliamentary democracy

Independence

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

.im

Airports

1 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Douglas, Ramsey

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