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A part of Western Europe, the island of Isle-of-Man is geographically situated in-between Ireland and Great Britain. Encompassing a total land area of 572 sq. km, Isle of Man holds a population of 75,831 as per the census data of 2007. The map of Isle-of- Man provides detailed information on the geographical and political contours of the country.
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History
A part of Western Europe, the island of Isle of Man is geographically situated in-between Ireland and Great Britain. Isle of Man is in possession of the British Crown; however, it has an independent administration. Encompassing a total land area of 221 square miles, Isle of Man comprises a population of 84,497, as per the 2011 census. The map of Isle-of- Man provides detailed information about the geographical and political contours of the island.
Human habitation in the Isle of Man can be traced back to 6500 BC. Around the 5th century AD, the island came under the influence of the Gaelic culture. The period also witnessed the emergence of the Manx language, which is a part of the Gaelic languages.

In 616, Isle of Man was conquered by Edwin of Northumbria but no permanent settlements were made. During the 9th century, the Norse of Scotland, established the kingdom of the Isles.

By 1266, the Isles became part of Scottish territory, formalized through the Treaty of Perth. After a period of alternating rule of Scotland and England, in 1399, Isle of Man came under the lordship of the English crown.

The Isle of Man became a Crown Dependency in 1866 but it never became a territory of Great Britain. It retains its status as a self-governing Crown Dependency.

Geography
The Isles of Man is located in the Irish Sea. It is situated between England and Ireland. Apart from the main island, it has four other political units, which are the Calf of Man, St. Patrick's Isle, St. Michael's Isle, and Chicken Rock.

Over 40% of the land is unpopulated. Majority of the population resides in the main island of Mann. The north and south hills are separated by a central valley, with the former made of relatively flat plains.

Polities
The head of state is Queen Elizabeth II, who is considered to be the Lord of Mann, and is represented by a Lieutenant Governor. Foreign relations and defense is the responsibility of the British government, but executive and legislative powers are exercised by the state's own branches of government.

Legislative power is exercised by the House of Keys and the Legislative Council, while the Executive power is practiced by the Council of Ministers. Local government is based on ancient parish concepts, and the state is noted for having the oldest parliament in the world, which is Tynwald, created in 979 AD.

Travel
Isles of Man comprises many heritage sites, museums, and ancient monuments. The state is only a few hundred miles long, so points of interest are found within close proximity to each other.

The Isle of Man has a few interesting and well-preserved castles that are popular tourists sites. The Castle Rushen, in the historic capital of Castletown, is still being used today -as a museum, educational center, and courthouse. Peel Castle is another impressive structure on St. Patrick's Isle and boasts of impressive 9th century architecture.

The isles of Calf of Man and Chicken Rock contain historic lighthouses that were created to warn mariners of the hazards of the rocky waters in the area. Calf of Man, located southeast of the main island, is a famous bird observatory since 1959, and has four lighthouses. Two of these lighthouses were built by famous British designer, engineer, and lighthouse builder Robert Stevenson in 1818. The Chicken Rock is a small 0.1 hectare rock with a 44-meter lighthouse.

Mull Hill is an interesting site in the Isle of Man. Located south in the main island, 12 burial chambers are found here, which are said to have been built during 3500 BC. The chambers create a circle, with mysterious objects found all around it. Shreds of bones, ornate pottery, flint tools, and quartz pebbles are found within the ring. This unique archaeological monument is famous for the haunting stories that supposedly took place in the area.

Education
The education system in the island follows that of England, with seven years of Primary education, as well as of Secondary education. The system is under the local Department of Education and Children that oversees 36 primary schools and five secondary schools, as well as the Isle of Man College. For higher education, there is a total of five institutions.

The first person to set up a formal school in the state was Bishop Isaac Barrow.

Trivia
  • Some species of animals lived on Isle of Man but are now extinct. These are Manx cattle and the Manx horse, which became extinct in 1815 and in 1830.

  • The Manx cat is different from all the other cats in the world due to its lack of a tail.

  • If you are on the peak of the only mountain in the state, which is the Snaefell, you can see the entire United Kingdom - England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales.

  • The Isle of Man Tourist Trophy is an international motorcycle road racing event held in the island. The event, which began in 1907, is held in late May or early June.

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Last Updated Date: May 02, 2017

The national flag of the Isle of Man is red in color. The Isle of Man flag holds a triskelion or the Three Legs of Man symbol, in the centre of the flag
Facts about Isle of Man
ContinentEurope
Lat Long54.1473° N, 4.6888° W
Area572 sq km (221 sq mi)
Population86,159 (July 2013 est.)
CapitalDouglas
Largest CityDouglas
Official LanguagesEnglish, Manx Gaelic
Major ReligionRoman Catholicism was the largest Christianity religion, but Methodist, Baptist, and a number of smaller mission churches also exist. Roman Catholicism made a brief appearance in Ivory Coast in the mid-seventeenth century and reappeared two centuries later when French missionaries began to work among the Agni.
National Daynone (British crown dependency)
Form of GovernmentParliamentary Democracy
PresidentQueen Elizabeth II ( Lord of Mann)
Vice PresidentSir Richard Gozney ( Lieutenant Governor)
Prime MinisterHoward Quayle ( Chief Minister )
CurrencyManx Pound
GDP$53,800 (2007 est.)
Calling Code44
Time Zone(UTC+0), (UTC+1)
Internet TLD.im

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