The Isle of Man

The Isle of Man is an independent jurisdiction, separate and distinct from the United Kingdom. A self-governing British Crown Dependency, it is a Member of the British Commonwealth and of the OECD. Although the Island is not a member of the European Union it is within the EU's Common Customs Tariff area.

Tynwald, the Manx Parliament, is over a thousand years old and has the distinction of being the longest continuous parliamentary assembly in the world - with it's own currency and making its own laws and overseeing all its internal administrative, fiscal and social policies.

By long-standing convention and with the specific consent of the Manx Government, the UK Government administers external issues such as defence and foreign policy.

The Isle of Man is centrally situated within the British Isles being about an hour's flying time from London, Edinburgh and Dublin. This, together with regular services to the rest of Europe, makes the Island an attractive international business and finance centre.