The Jewel in the Irish Sea
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The Isle of Man is in the middle of the Irish Sea at the centre of the British Isles. It is 33 miles (53km) long and 13 miles (22km) wide at its broadest point, with a total land area of 227 square miles (572 square km).
The resident population at the 2011 census was 84,497, up 5.5% since 2006 (80,058). A richly varied rural landscape rises to the 2,036ft (621m) summit of Snaefell, the highest peak. The town of Douglas, on the east coast, is the capital and main centre of population (26,218 residents, April 2006).
Regular air and sea services connect with a number of destinations in the United Kingdom, (including London by air), and the Irish Republic. The nearest ferry port is Heysham in the north-west of England, 58 nautical miles (107km) from Douglas.
There are no immigration barriers between the Isle of Man and the UK and Ireland, but the Island does have a work permit system. People and things native to the Isle of Man are described by the adjective ‘Manx’.
Welcome from the Chief Minister
The Isle of Man is a small, self-reliant country that believes in working hard and playing by the rules.
The Island’s independent spirit, enterprise and innovation have made it a successful centre for quality international business.
A thriving, diverse economy provides jobs for our people and revenue for our public services – the foundations for a high quality of life.
We are also a democratic, responsible country with a reputation for supporting international action against financial crime and tax evasion.
We are keen to play a positive role in the global economy.