Facts about Isle-of-Man
|Population||76,220 (July 2008 est.)|
|Time zone||UTC 0 (five hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
daylight saving time: +1hr, be|
Western Europe, island in the Irish Sea, between Great Britain and Ireland
General info about 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. However, the UK Government remains constitutionally responsible for its defense and international representation.
English, Manx Gaelic
Manx (Norse-Celtic descent), Britons
HIV/AIDS prevalence rate
temperate; cool summers and mild winters; overcast about one-third of the time
Offshore banking, manufacturing, and tourism are key sectors of the economy. The government offers incentives to high-technology companies and financial institutions to locate on the island; this has paid off in expanding employment opportunities in high-income industries. As a result, agriculture and fishing, once the mainstays of the economy, have declined in their shares of GDP. The Isle of Man also attracts online gambling sites and the film industry. Trade is mostly with the UK. The Isle of Man enjoys free access to EU markets.
waste disposal (both household and industrial); transboundary air pollution
Cities in Isle-of-Man