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Isle of Man
(British crown dependency)

 
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Coordinates:
54.25 N  04.50 W

 
 
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   Introduction    Isle of Man Top of Page
Background:
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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.
   Geography    Isle of Man Top of Page
Location:
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Western Europe, island in the Irish Sea, between Great Britain and Ireland
Geographic coordinates:
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54 15 N, 4 30 W
Map references:
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Europe
Area:
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total: 572 sq km
land: 572 sq km
water: 0 sq km
Area - comparative:
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slightly more than three times the size of Washington, DC
Land boundaries:
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0 km
Coastline:
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160 km
Maritime claims:
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territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive fishing zone: 12 nm
Climate:
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temperate; cool summers and mild winters; overcast about one-third of the time
Terrain:
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hills in north and south bisected by central valley
Elevation extremes:
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lowest point: Irish Sea 0 m
highest point: Snaefell 621 m
Natural resources:
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none
Land use:
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arable land: 9%
permanent crops: 0%
other: 91% (permanent pastures, forests, mountain, and heathland) (2002)
Irrigated land:
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0 sq km
Natural hazards:
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NA
Environment - current issues:
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waste disposal (both household and industrial); transboundary air pollution
Geography - note:
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one small islet, the Calf of Man, lies to the southwest, and is a bird sanctuary
   People    Isle of Man Top of Page
Population:
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75,441 (July 2006 est.)
Age structure:
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0-14 years: 17.3% (male 6,669/female 6,350)
15-64 years: 65.7% (male 24,884/female 24,678)
65 years and over: 17% (male 5,197/female 7,663) (2006 est.)
Median age:
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total: 39.6 years
male: 38.4 years
female: 41 years (2006 est.)
Population growth rate:
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0.52% (2006 est.)
Birth rate:
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11.05 births/1,000 population (2006 est.)
Death rate:
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11.19 deaths/1,000 population (2006 est.)
Net migration rate:
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5.3 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2006 est.)
Sex ratio:
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at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
under 15 years: 1.05 male(s)/female
15-64 years: 1.01 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.68 male(s)/female
total population: 0.95 male(s)/female (2006 est.)
Infant mortality rate:
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total: 5.82 deaths/1,000 live births
male: 6.8 deaths/1,000 live births
female: 4.79 deaths/1,000 live births (2006 est.)
Life expectancy at birth:
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total population: 78.49 years
male: 75.14 years
female: 82.02 years (2006 est.)
Total fertility rate:
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1.65 children born/woman (2006 est.)
HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate:
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NA
HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS:
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NA
HIV/AIDS - deaths:
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NA
Nationality:
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noun: Manxman (men), Manxwoman (women)
adjective: Manx
Ethnic groups:
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Manx (Norse-Celtic descent), Briton
Religions:
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Anglican, Roman Catholic, Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Society of Friends
Languages:
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English, Manx Gaelic
Literacy:
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definition: NA
total population: NA%
male: NA%
female: NA%
   Government    Isle of Man Top of Page
Country name:
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conventional long form: none
conventional short form: Isle of Man
Dependency status:
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British crown dependency
Government type:
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parliamentary democracy
Capital:
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Douglas
Administrative divisions:
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none; there are no first-order administrative divisions as defined by the US Government, but there are 24 local authorities each with its own elections dennis
Independence:
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none (British crown dependency)
National holiday:
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Tynwald Day, 5 July
Constitution:
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unwritten; note - The Isle of Man Constitution Act of 1961 does not embody the unwritten Manx Constitution
Legal system:
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English common law and Manx statute
Suffrage:
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16 years of age; universal
Executive branch:
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chief of state: Lord of Mann Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952), represented by Lieutenant Governor Sir Paul K. HADDACKS (since 17 October 2005)
head of government: Chief Minister Donald GELLING (since 14 December 2004)
cabinet: Council of Ministers
elections: the monarch is hereditary; lieutenant governor appointed by the monarch for a five-year term; the chief minister is elected by the Tynwald; election last held 14 December 2004 (next to be held December 2006)
election results: Donald GELLING elected chief minister by the Tynwald; note - Richard CORKILL resigned 2 December 2004
Legislative branch:
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bicameral Tynwald consists of the Legislative Council (an 11-member body composed of the President of Tynwald, the Lord Bishop of Sodor and Man, a nonvoting attorney general, and eight others named by the House of Keys) and the House of Keys (24 seats; members are elected by popular vote to serve five-year terms)
elections: House of Keys - last held 22 November 2001 (next to be held November 2006)
election results: House of Keys - percent of vote by party - Man Labor Party 17.3%, Alliance for Progressive Government 14.6%; seats by party - Man Labor Party 2, Alliance for Progressive Government 3, independents 19
Judicial branch:
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High Court of Justice (justices are appointed by the Lord Chancellor of England on the nomination of the lieutenant governor)
Political parties and leaders:
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Alliance for Progressive Government; Man Labor Party; Man Nationalist Party (branch of the British National Party)
note: most members sit as independents
Political pressure groups and leaders:
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none
International organization participation:
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UPU
Diplomatic representation in the US:
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none (British crown dependency)
Diplomatic representation from the US:
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none (British crown dependency)
Flag description:
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red with the Three Legs of Man emblem (Trinacria), in the center; the three legs are joined at the thigh and bent at the knee; in order to have the toes pointing clockwise on both sides of the flag, a two-sided emblem is used
   Economy    Isle of Man Top of Page
Economy - overview:
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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. Trade is mostly with the UK. The Isle of Man enjoys free access to EU markets.
GDP (purchasing power parity):
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$2.113 billion (2003 est.)
GDP (official exchange rate):
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NA
GDP - real growth rate:
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NA%
GDP - per capita (PPP):
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$28,500 (2003 est.)
GDP - composition by sector:
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agriculture: 1%
industry: 13%
services: 86% (2000 est.)
Labor force:
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39,690 (2001)
Labor force - by occupation:
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agriculture, forestry and fishing 3%, manufacturing 11%, construction 10%, transport and communication 8%, wholesale and retail distribution 11%, professional and scientific services 18%, public administration 6%, banking and finance 18%, tourism 2%, entertainment and catering 3%, miscellaneous services 10%
Unemployment rate:
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0.6% (2004 est.)
Population below poverty line:
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NA%
Household income or consumption by percentage share:
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lowest 10%: NA%
highest 10%: NA%
Inflation rate (consumer prices):
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3.6% (March 2003 est.)
Budget:
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revenues: $485 million
expenditures: $463 million; including capital expenditures of $NA (FY00/01 est.)
Agriculture - products:
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cereals, vegetables; cattle, sheep, pigs, poultry
Industries:
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financial services, light manufacturing, tourism
Industrial production growth rate:
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3.2% (FY96/97)
Exports:
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$NA
Exports - commodities:
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tweeds, herring, processed shellfish, beef, lamb
Exports - partners:
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UK (2004)
Imports:
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$NA
Imports - commodities:
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timber, fertilizers, fish
Imports - partners:
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UK (2004)
Debt - external:
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$NA
Economic aid - recipient:
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$NA
Currency (code):
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British pound (GBP); note - there is also a Manx pound
Exchange rates:
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Manx pounds per US dollar - 0.55 (2005), 0.5462 (2004), 0.6125 (2003), 0.6672 (2002), 0.6947 (2001)
Fiscal year:
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1 April - 31 March
   Communications    Isle of Man Top of Page
Telephones - main lines in use:
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51,000 (1999)
Telephones - mobile cellular:
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NA
Telephone system:
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general assessment: NA
domestic: landline, telefax, mobile cellular telephone system
international: fiber-optic cable, microwave radio relay, satellite earth station, submarine cable
Radio broadcast stations:
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AM 1, FM 1, shortwave 0 (1998)
Television broadcast stations:
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0 (receives broadcasts from the UK and satellite) (1999)
Internet country code:
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.im
Internet hosts:
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264 (2005)
Internet users:
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NA
   Transportation    Isle of Man Top of Page
Airports:
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1 (2005)
Airports - with paved runways:
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total: 1
1,524 to 2,437 m: 1 (2005)
Railways:
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total: 61 km (35 km electrified) (2003)
Roadways:
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total: 800 km
paved: 800 km (1999)
Merchant marine:
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total: 292 ships (1000 GRT or over) 7,909,896 GRT/13,339,460 DWT
by type: bulk carrier 40, cargo 60, chemical tanker 52, combination ore/oil 1, container 16, liquefied gas 35, passenger/cargo 1, petroleum tanker 67, refrigerated cargo 5, roll on/roll off 9, specialized tanker 1, vehicle carrier 5
foreign-owned: 205 (Denmark 49, Estonia 2, France 2, Germany 55, Greece 43, Hong Kong 1, Iran 1, Italy 7, Japan 4, Monaco 1, Netherlands 2, Norway 23, Singapore 8, Sweden 1, Turkey 3, US 3)
registered in other countries: 10 (Antigua and Barbuda 1, Cambodia 1, Liberia 5, NZ 1, Panama 2) (2005)
Ports and terminals:
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Castletown, Douglas, Ramsey
   Military    Isle of Man Top of Page
Military - note:
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defense is the responsibility of the UK
   Transnational Issues    Isle of Man Top of Page
Disputes - international:
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none

This page was last updated on 20 July, 2006


Source: CIA Factbook