Isle of Man
The Isle of Man, geographically located in the heart of the British Isles, is an internally self-governing dependant territory of the British Crown. Whilst not part of the United Kingdom, the Island enjoys trading relations with the United Kingdom and the European Union, the latter being as a result of protocol 3 of the UK's Treaty of Accession to the EU.
It is 52 kilometers (32 miles) long and 22 kilometers (14miles) at the widest point with a total area of approximately 572 square kilometers (221sq mi). The most recent census, conducted by the Isle of Man Government, of 2011, puts the Island’s population at 84,497, an increase of 5.5% since 2006.
With regular one hour flights to London and other major UK cities the Isle of Man enjoys ready access to the UK, Europe and USA.
The Island’s culture has Celtic and Norse origins which has since been dominated by British influence due to its close proximity to the UK and the immigration of British workers. It is self governing, with laws being passed at Tynwald, the oldest continuously existing ruling body in the world. We do, however, rely on the United Kingdom for defense and to represent the Island in international forums.
The climate is temperate with cool summers and mild winters but average rainfall is higher than average for the British Isles. The maximum temperature recorded was 28.9°C (84.0 °F) at Ronaldsway.
The Island offers a uniquely diverse economy with sectors in:
- Precision manufacturing
- Financial services
- E-commerce and e-gaming
- Agriculture and fishing
- Space commerce
- Aircraft and Ship Registries