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Guernsey


Full name: Guernsey
Capital City: St Peter Port
Language: Dgèrnésiais (regional language), English, French
Currency: Currency Pound sterling (GBP)
Religion: Anglican, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Baptist, Congregational, Methodist
National Anthem: Sarnia Cherie (Guernsey Dear) (God Save the Queen)
Newspaper: Guernsey Evening Press and Star
Places to Visit: Guernsey Woodcarvers, Bruce Russell & Son Silversmiths, Bird Gardens, Oatlands, The Craft Village
Transport: Get connecting flights from Guernsey airport to UK,France ,Jersey ,Alderney, Netherlands - Rotterdam , Germany - Stuttgart and Dusseldorf. Avail Ferries from St Peter Port to the UK, France and other Channel Islands. Speedy catamarans ply from Weymouth and Poole during the summer months.
Shopping: Pottery, strawberry, jewelry, cameras, pearls, perfume, jewellery, silverware, sweaters.


Introduction
Guernsey is a part of the British crown empire within the English Channel along the coastal region of Normandy. The place is significantly divided into 10 Parishes.

Today Guernsey stands as an independent island that was once separated from other peninsular districts in Continental Europe from about 6000 BC.The living history of Guernsey accounts to the Neolithic Man along with the primitive manmade structure in the European territory.

Guernsey Map

Location Of Guernsey
Guernsey is nestled in the Western Europe, which is a wonderful island along the English Channel, lying towards the northwest part of the France.

Physical Map Of Guernsey
Guernsey is constituted of two main geographical regions that cover a total land space of about 25 square miles. The regions are:

  • The Haut Pas, a high lying southern plateau,
  • The Bas Pas, a sandy northern region that is low-lying.

The Haut Pas is known for its rustic countryside whereas the area of Bas Pas is more modern and mechanized with several residential and manufacturing units settled here.

The adjacent islands of Alderney, Herm, Sark, along with Guernsey encompasses over the land space with nearly 30 square mile, that stretches along with a coastline that widens to about 30 miles.

Guernsey is well placed in the western part of Normandy coast in France which is approximately 48 km away and about 121 km to the south of Weymouth in England that is positioned in the Gulf of St Malo.

Guernsey is connected to Lihou, a tidal island, through a Broadway towards the lower tide. The terrains are leveled accordingly with low-lying hills that stretch along in the southwest part of the region.

Guernsey boasts of higher points like Hautnez, which is about 363 ft in height, Le Rond But in Alderney along with Jethou and Herm. The place even boasts of a massive deepwater harbor known as St. Peter's Port.

Guernsey Flag

Flag Of Guernsey
The flag of Guernsey was officially accepted in the month of 1985. The flag is designed with a gold cross lying in the midst of the St.

George Red Cross. The gold cross denotes the Duke William of the Normandy region, who possessed a similar cross during the Battle of Hastings, which was granted to him by the Alexander Pope II.

Climate Of Guernsey
Holiday in the land of Guernsey, usually in the months of Easter to October, when the average temperature ranges from 20-21°C. It is during these months the place observes bright and sunny climatic condition. Witness a temperate weather where the winters are mild enough and summers, bright and shiny.

•  The months of August to September are the hottest season of the place with (26 °C).

•  The month of February is the coldest month thereby making the milieu chilly to about (6°C).

•  The month of December, November and January experiences heavy down pouring.

•  The months of July are sunnier in nature with about 250 hours of recorded brightness.

The standard air temperature of Guernsey reaches approximately to about 16°C in the month of August. The place is prone to slight snowfall in the month of February. The temperature is rarely seen to descend below the freezing point, though the place is affected with strong chilly wind originating from the Arctic winds.

Flora And Fauna Of Guernsey
Guernsey takes pride in possessing innumerable species of birds that settles along the cliffs.

The native floras of the region are yellow buttercups, the white daisy, the pink pyramidal orchids, Camellias, magnolias and many others.

The Guernsey Lily Nerine sarniensis from where the conventional name of the island, Sarnia derives from.

Camellias, magnolias can be sighted at the Saumarez Park whereas visit the Candie Gardens at the St Peter Port and glance through the flowers of Nerines or Guernsey Lilies.

Visit several floral gardens of the region like the La Seigneurie Gardens, La Société Guernesiaise , Les Videclins Farm Open Garden, Hauteville House and Gardens , Sausmarez Manor which are worth travelling to where one can catch up with plenty nature reserves and coastal paths.

Apparently the donkey and the Guernsey cow are the national animals of the region. The Guernsey cow stands as an iconic figure within the island whereas a breed of goat known as the Guernsey goat, that has a golden-colored coat, seems to have made its place here.

People Of Guernsey
The people of Guernsey are peace-loving people who are basically free and frank in nature thereby treating their guest with warm hospitality. The official language of Guernsey is English though French is widely accepted within the region. Norman vernacular is even spoken within the province. One gets to experience the traces of French culture, combined with the Anglo-Saxon and Continental ethnicity that is clearly distinct within their culture. Portuguese is also accepted by 2% of the population residing in this place.

Arts, Culture And Music Of Guernsey
Art: Take a wonderful tour to the Guernsey Museum & Art Gallery, which is nestled in the Candie Garden that originated during the 19 th century, which exhibited several historical pieces. The artworks in Guernsey seem to depict coastal setting along with the landscape splendor and their indulgence in the seafaring ritual.

Culture: The linguistic heritage can be well noticed in the family and place names given by the native folks. Though Island's conventional color for any sporting event is green but the Guernsey Post boxes and the telephone booth are colored in blue.

Music: It was from the French and English influences from where the music gained its popularity. Participate in the Victor Hugo International Music Festival that is celebrated here in full frenzy. The folk music of the region ensnares you with its tunes especially the Irish harpist who originated in this region like Maire Ni Chathasaigh and Chris Newman, Coope, Boyes & Simpson, Stocai and Marinade.

Economy Of Guernsey
The economy of Guernsey is mainly dependent on the Financial and monetary sector that contributes about 55 % of the total revenue generation within the country. They are mainly:

  • Banking
  • Fund management
  • and, Insurance

The industry of Tourism, manufacturing, and horticulture, saw its decline in recent times. In this tax land, taxes are generally levied on the Light taxes and death duties from where the returns are generally earned. The economic integration of the EU nations has come up with a new set of rules on which the area functions. The province is even improving the present tax rules in order to compete in the international market. Guernsey is known to posses its own sterling coinage and currency notes. UK currency, English and Scottish banknotes circulates freely within the region.


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