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Isle of Man

Country of Isle of Man Flag

Capital: Douglas

Population: 84,584

Brief History of Isle of Man:

The Isle of Man is located in the Irish Sea between Ireland and England. It has a long history of being inhabited all the way back to 6500 BC. It was influenced by the Gaelics starting in the 400s AD when the Manx language came in existence. Later, in the 9th century, Norwegians began to settle on the Island.

The island was part of Scotland and England over the years. Today it is considered a British crown dependency, but is not part of the UK or of the European Union. However, the UK Government remains responsible for its defense and foreign affairs.

Country of Isle of Man Map

The Geography of Isle of Man

Total Size: 572 square km

Size Comparison: slightly more than three times the size of Washington, DC

Geographical Coordinates: 54 15 N, 4 30 W

World Region or Continent: Europe

General Terrain: hills in north and south bisected by central valley

Geographical Low Point: Irish Sea 0 m

Geographical High Point: Snaefell 621 m

Climate: temperate; cool summers and mild winters; overcast about one-third of the time

Major cities: DOUGLAS (capital) 26,000 (2009)

The People of Isle of Man

Type of Government: parliamentary democracy

Languages Spoken: English, Manx Gaelic

Independence: none (British crown dependency)

National Holiday: Tynwald Day, 5 July

Nationality: Manxman (men), Manxwoman (women)

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

National Symbol: triskelion (a motif of three legs)

National Anthem or Song: Arrane Ashoonagh dy Vannin (O Land of Our Birth)

Economy of Isle of Man

Major Industries: financial services, light manufacturing, tourism

Agricultural Products: cereals, vegetables; cattle, sheep, pigs, poultry

Natural Resources: none

Major Exports: tweeds, herring, processed shellfish, beef, lamb

Major Imports: timber, fertilizers, fish

Currency: British pound (GBP); note - there is also a Manx pound

National GDP: $2,719,000,000

** Source for population (2012 est.) and GDP (2011 est.) is CIA World Factbook.

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