Living in the Isle of Man 

 

The Isle of Man is a small island located in the Irish Sea. At its nearest point it is 54 miles (94kms) from the UK and 66 miles (107kms) from Ireland. The island itself is only 221 square miles (572 sq.km) and is about 30 miles (48km) long and 10 miles (16km) wide. Needless to say the population is not huge and is on average around 86,000 people with 40% of the island uninhabited. The Isle of Man was awarded status as a UNESCO world biosphere region in 2016 and is proud to have the ‘freshest air in Britain'.

 

Many people will confuse the Isle of Man as part of the UK. The Isle of Man is in fact part of the British Isles and the British Crown Dependency. It is an entirely independent self-governing island. It has its own parliament, Tynwald, its own currency, Manx pound (in parity with UK sterling) and even its own language, although now although English is the main language on the island and it has been said that Manx is now deemed as a critically endangered language.

 

The Isle of Man is seen to be the safest place in the British Isles and has recently been voted 7th in the world when it came to making new friends. A recent survey saw the Isle of Man within the top twenty best places for ex pats and it was ranked within the top five as the best place for ex pats to settle and if that wasn't enough the island was also featured within the top ten places for 'little ex pats' to live and grow up in.

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