Introduction to the Island
The Isle of Man is situated in the heart of the British Isles. The country is an internally self-governing dependent territory of the British Crown. It is not part of the United Kingdom.
The Island benefits from a special relationship with the European Union and this allows streamlined movement of goods between the Island and the Union. Regular sea and air services for passengers and freight allow quick and easy access to and from the U.K., Eire and beyond.
The Island's economic progress in recent years has achieved a rapidly rising National Income and very low levels of unemployment. With excellent educational, health and social amenities, the Isle of Man provides a unique quality of life which is appreciated and treasured by all residents both old and new.
The Isle of Man has a colourful heritage, diverse scenic beauty and there are many leisure activities on offer. The tourism industry is well established and the Island provides a fantastic location for short-breaks or for conferences. Some of the most famous activities on the Island involve motor sports and include the TT, Southern 100 and Manx Grand Prix.