Another British island with tax haven status – the Isle of Man is a small and notoriously rainy island that sits in-between Northern Ireland and Liverpool. Here’s 21 interesting facts about Isle of Man
The Isle of Man is a self-governing British Crown dependency, located in the Irish Sea in Western Europe.
As an island it has no borders, however, its nearest neighbours are Scotland to the north, England to the east, Wales to the south, Ireland to the southwest and Northern Ireland to the northwest.
The coordinates for Isle of Man are 54.2500° N, 4.5000°
Isle of Man Flag
The international dialling code for the Isle of Man is +44 1624
The terrain here is mostly hilly in both the north and south, separated by a central valley.
The total land area of Isle of Man is 221 square miles (572 square kilometres).
Isle of Man’s population was 84,077 in 2018.
Locals are called Manxman or Manxwoman, the plurals of which are Manxmen, Manxwomen, or simply Manx – we wouldn’t have guessed it either!
The capital is Douglas which has a population of 27,935 (2011).
The average life span here is a healthy 77.97 years (2002).
Douglas, Isle of Man
Manx enjoy a temperate climate with cool summers and mild winters.
Every year the Isle of Man is host to a number of unique festivals. The TT is one of the world’s most dangerous and exciting motorcycle races, whilst the World Tin Bath Championships is certainly one of the weirdest!
Whilst visiting the island, you must never mention the word ‘rat’ – it is believed that if you dare to speak the name of the 4 legged rodent you will be burdened with a lifetime of bad luck! Instead, the rodent has been renamed ‘long tail’!
Due to the very low level of lightpollution, it is possible to view the Milky Way and occasionally the northern lights from the Isle of Man!
The official language of Isle of Man is English. Historically, Manx Gaelic would have been spoken here, however, only around 2% of the population can still speak this ancient language.
The Manx cat is famous the world over for its distinct lack of tail – in fact, there are two varieties of Manx cat; the ‘rumpy’ has no tail at all, whilst the ‘stumpy’ has a very small tail.
The Manx Pound is the official currency here, which is tied to Pound Sterling; GBP is also widely accepted here.
Isle of Man grows cereals and vegetables, rears cattle, pigs, sheep and poultry and catches fish.
Its industry consists of tourism, financial services and light manufacturing
The Isle of Man also exports processed shellfish, herring, beef, lamb and tweed.
Castletown is the historic Manx capital, and is located at the south of the island. It features an excellent example of a medieval castle built in the 10th Century by the Vikings. The current population here is 3,109.
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