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Jersey


Full name: Bailiwick of Jersey
Capital City: Saint Helier
Language: English, French, Jerriais
Currency: Pound sterling1 (GBP)
Religion: Methodism, Roman Catholic, Protestantism, Islam
National Anthem: Ma Normandie (My Normandy)
Newspaper: Jersey Evening Post (the sole newspaper of the region)
Places to Visit: Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, Elizabeth Castle, Mont Orgueil Castle, Jersey War Tunnels, Jersey Heritage Trust, Channel Islands Military Museum, The Battle of Flowers Museum, Pier - Gorey Maritime Centre.
Transport: One can avail car services, bus transpot while traveling to the region. There are several scheduled flights from UK or opt for ferry rides from Jersey to Weymouth, Portsmouth and Poole,Guernsey and St Malo.
Shopping: Electronic equipment, jewellery, Guernsey sweaters.
;Introduction
Get going in a great way while travelling to a faboulous destination like Jersey that falls in no comparison to other regions as far as beauty and attractions are concerned.

From viewing the wonderful zoo life at the Hamptonne Country Life Museum till you visualize the enlightening historical aspects at the Battle of Flowers Museum, that paves an unexplored path to the forested valleys, blossoming lanes and deserted inlets.

Jersey is famous for its wonderful cows and Guernsey sweaters that are worth appreciating.

Location Of Jersey
Jersey is nestled in the region of Western Europe, along the English Channel, which is placed well in the midst of the northern coast of France and the southern coast of England.

The place is engulfed by Brittany towards the northern front, the Cotentin Peninsula towards the western front, and France towards the north west region.

Physical Map Of Jersey
Belonging to the British Crown dependency, the land of Jersey is quietly placed, off shoring the Normandy and France. Jersey is even constituted with deserted islands of Minquiers and Ecrehous, the Pierres de Lecq along with submerged ridges of rocks and reefs. It is even known as the Channel Islands because of its association with the Bailiwick of Guernsey.

Jersey is placed on the peninsula lying in the center position of Hudson and Hackensack rivers within the northeastern region of the New Jersey. From low lying inundated plain area to the undulating hilly ranges, Jersey covers a total land space of about 118.2 square kilometres. Jersey extends from the English Channel along the Cotentin Peninsula in Normandy & France to about the southern region of Great Britain.

The southern region of Jersey is marked with plateaus slanting downwards from the long shores of sandy bay while the northern area is manifested with uneven craggy cliffs. Watch out for sand dunes along the south coastal region while the valleys interconnect along the north- south area.

Flag Of Jersey
The State of Jersey officially accepted the Jersey flag during the month of June 12, 1979, that gained its acceptance from the Queen on December 10, 1980 and was hoisted on the month of April 1, 1981. The flag is designed with diagonal Red Cross emerging from two corner ends of the flag thereby intersecting each other in the center location. The flag is triumphed by a yellow colored Plantagenet crown, along with a red colored shield, which is supposedly the badge of Jersey, is comprised of three yellow colored leopards of Normandy.

Climate Of Jersey
The climatic condition of Jersey is subjected to gentle and moderate winters and fresh and cool summers. The best time to jaunt to this location is during the months of May to the end of September. The place boasts of an average temperature within 20-21C where rain affects the year during the winter months. There is a rise within the sea temperature ranging to 17ºC during the hot climatic season.

Flora And Fauna Of Jersey
Jersey has a huge collection of innumerable reptiles and amphibians that consider the region as their natural habitat. Watch out for common toads, Bufo bufo, frogs and cirl bunting that can be commonly sighted within the region. The green lizard, the wall lizard, Jersey tiger moth and the white-toothed shrew are found in great numbers within the area. Among the species of seabirds, the herring gull have gained wide popularity. Visit the native birds along the north coastal region, where one may catch up with species like the fulmars, green-eyed shags, black-backed gulls and puffins.

Among the native flora gorse is the most common bird seen within the region. Parasitic plants like the reddish tendrils clamber along the branches of other trees on which it rests.

The reefs at La Rocque are famous for the bottlenose dolphins that jump in high rises sharing the area with grey seals that swim across the crystal clear waters. If scenic birds would catch your glance then it would have been none other than the place of EcrZhous and the Minquiers, where herons, egrets, terns, curlews and even kingfishers resides. So travel to Jersey and soothe your senses within the dramatic location while staying in the midst of rich and colorful birds and animals.

People Of Jersey
The native language of Jersey was Jerriais, which is a popular Norman language that was once considered a major dialect of the region. English was widely accepted in the region of State of Jersey and still prevails in major sectors of the region. French, a minority language was accepted as the official language of the region. The population is comprised of several religious beliefs thriving especially the group of Methodism and the Roman Catholic.

The Island is a mixture of outsider along with the originated people thriving within the region. The descendents residing here are of Jersey, Norman and British residents. The rest minority groups are made up of Portuguese especially the group of Madeiran people, Irish and Polish. The French community also seems to thrive within the region. The local natives are referred to as the Islanders, or as Jersey man or Jersey woman. The natives of Jersey consider themselves belonging from the British origin.

Arts, Culture And Music Of Jersey
Art: The Neolithic carvings were the primitive form of artwork found within the region of Jersey. Fragmentary wall paintings belonging to the mediaeval heritage came into existence within the region. Among the wall paintings, the Fisherman's Chapel emerged out to be a wonderful masterpiece. Sculpture designing emerged during the 1751 period when John Cheere carved the statue of George II. Some of the ancient sculpture works that can be seen here are:
  • Westaway monument (1875)
  • Don monument (1885)
  • Queen Victoria statue (1890)
  • George V statue (1939)
  • Liberation sculpture (1995)
  • La Vaque de Jerri (2001)
Ancient artists were attracted to this place for the magnificent seascapes and coastal sceneries that were well depicted within their work. Some of the noted artists were John Everett Millais, Edmund Blampied, Hector Whistler, John St. Helier Lander, Philip John Ouless, Henry Bosdet, Sir Francis Cook and much more. Do visit the Berni Gallery located at the Jersey Arts Centre that exhibits collections of visual art, which became a priceless part of the Jersey Heritage trust.

Culture: The natives of Jersey are referred to as the crapauds (toads) due to the existence of this very fauna within the region that are nowhere else located in other respective Channel islands. The local people resort to Vraicing, a significant pastime, wherein the people indulge in seaweed collection that serves as a fertilizer.

Participate in the local celebrations and carnivals like The Battle of Flowers, where one can take part during the month of August. Catch up with wonderful and colorful floral festooned floats that attract thousands of visitors.

Witch crafting is another belief the native's resort to which is been carried since the time of 20th century. It is believed that witches rested along the Witches Rock located in St. Clement. Music: Listen to excellent native music and resort to the cultural drama at the cultural hub of The Opera House, or do visit the cultural center of Lillie Langtry, the Jersey Lily. The native folk music emerged within the country during the mid-20th century. It owes similar commonality with the musical rhythm of the continental Europe, along with France region. The songs that are surviving here are in French, with majority being composed in the Jerriais-language that originated during the 19th and 20th century. Only two folk songs named Le Vingt-Sixieme d'Octobre and La Chanson The twoe Peirson, seemed to be mainly of the Jersey origin.

It is noted that the archaic dance-forms like the "ronde" or round dance, the cotillon and the polka dance emerged as a popular dance form within the area along with the schottische and the quadrille. The local musical instruments that accompanied the native music and dance were violin, the chifournie (hurdy-gurdy), the accordion that added tune and rhythm to the country-dance called as sonneurs.

Economy Of Jersey
Jersey's economic growth mainly depends on three major sectors that contribute to about 60 percent of the total revenue earned by the country. The sectors are:
  • International financial services,
  • Agriculture, and
  • Tourism.
The chief crops that are exported mainly to UK are potatoes, cauliflower, tomatoes, and assorted flowers. Jersey even earns its major share from the export of Jersey dairy cattle. Milk and milk-based items are exported to countries like UK and EU nations. Among the existing industry, the Tourism Industry contributes its share to about 24 % of the GDP. The light industry emerged successfully which brought about the emergence of electronics industry besides the knitwear-manufacturing unit. The major share of food requirements along with the country's raw materials and energy are imported from other countries. Several light taxes and death duties are levied within the island whereby the living conditions raises and shares a similarity with that of the UK.
  • The Industries thriving within the region are: tourism, banking, finance and dairy
  • The commodities that are exported are: light industrial, electrical goods, foodstuffs and textiles
  • The goods that are imported are: machinery, transport equipment, manufactured goods, foodstuffs, mineral fuels and chemicals

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