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About Jersey
St Brelade's beach
St Brelade's beach

Jersey has been an island for 8,000 years, and is surrounded by about 15 miles of sandy beaches.

It lies in the Bay of Mont St Michel, and is just 14 miles from France and 100 miles from the south of Britain.

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The unique language of Jersey - otherwise known as Jersey-Norman French

 
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Jersey has over 500 miles of roadway, made up of over 1900 roads, and has among the highest level of cars per person in the world

 

The currency in Jersey is sterling, but the island has its own coins and notes, which are not recognised as legal tender in Britain!

 
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Popular with residents

It is the largest of the Channel Islands, measuring nine miles by five miles, and is divided into 12 parishes, most of them named after saints.

For such a (relatively) small island, Jersey has a very large population. The permanent population of Jersey as at the March 2001 census was 87,186. This is known to double during the tourist season!

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The island is usually the hottest place in the British Isles during the summer months, with the temperature averaging a few degrees higher.

As the island is neither part of the EU or the UK, it is a 'duty-free' destination. Prices are not subject to VAT either.

Other privileges the island retains include freedom from UK taxation and an independent judicial system.

Rich and varied history

Jersey has a rich and varied history, with several wars and invasion attempts over many centuries.The island was part of the Duchy of Normandy in the 10th century and became part of the Anglo-Norman realm in 1066.

The island's history is reflected in the French road names and typical Jersey surnames, as well as in the many historical artefacts and monuments that can be found around the island.


More information about Jersey:

Government
Find out about the States of Jersey and its officials

The Battle of Flowers
The history of the largest festival in Jersey's calendar

Jerriais
The unique language of Jersey - otherwise known as Jersey-Norman French

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