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Where is Jersey?
Jersey is a British Crown Dependency, officially known as the Bailiwick of Jersey. It is located off the coast of Normandy, France. Jersey is an island and has two groups of small islands, the Minquiers and Ecrehous, and the Pierres de Lecq. These islands are not permanently inhabited.
What is the capital of Jersey?
Saint Helier is the capital of the Bailiwick of Jersey. Almost thirty-one percent of the total population of Jersey is housed in St. Helier; the city has a population of about 28,000. Saint Helier is a parish covering a surface area of 4.1 square miles.

How big is Jersey?
Jersey is the largest and southernmost of the Channel Islands. The island covers a total area of 45 square miles. The island has an estimated population of 92,500.

What are the ethnic groups in Jersey?
The majority of the population of Bailiwick of Jersey is of Jersey / Norman descent; while forty percent belong to the English, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish groups. Portuguese is the largest minority group in the island followed by Irish. There is also a small community of ethnic French and Russian people.

What are the administrative divisions of Jersey?
Jersey is divided into twelve parishes for administrative purposes. The parishes are sub-divided into vingtaines. Each parish is administered by a Connetable, who is elected for a for a four-year term. All the parishes in Jersey border the sea. Saint Helier is the largest parish and also serves as the capital of the island.

Who are the political leaders of Jersey?
The Bailiwick of Jersey is a British Crown dependency having a parliamentary system of governance. The island is a constitutional monarchy.
Duke - Elizabeth II, Duke of Normandy
Lieutenant Governor - John McColl
Bailiff - Michael Birt
Chief Minister - Terry Le Sueur

What is the official currency used in Jersey?
The pound sterling denoted by the ISO 4217 code GBP is the official currency of the Bailiwick of Jersey. It is commonly called the pound, and is the official currency of the United Kingdom, its Crown Dependencies and the British Overseas Territories. It is subdivided into 100 pence.

What is the official language of Jersey?
The island of Jersey recognizes two official languages: English and French. Jerriais is the unofficial language spoken as a first language by around 2,600 people of the island. It is more commonly used in country districts. Portuguese is also spoken especially by the migrant workers.

What is the religion of Jersey?
Christianity is the dominant religion in the Bailiwick of Jersey. Church of England is the established church. The major Christian denominations in the island include Anglicanism, Roman Catholicism, Baptistism, Congregational New Church, Methodists, and the Presbyterians.

What is the economy of Jersey like?
The economy of Jersey relies on financial services, tourism, electronics, commerce, and agriculture. The island has high economic output per capita, at purchasing power parity. In 2009, Jersey had a gross national income of £3.7 billion. The island is one of the leading offshore financial centers. The island exports light industrial and electrical goods, dairy cattle, foodstuffs, and textiles to the United Kingdom and France. The major imports include manufactured goods, transport equipment, foodstuffs, mineral fuels, and chemicals.

When is the national day of Jersey celebrated?
The national day of Jersey is celebrated on May 9. This day is celebrated as the Liberation Day; the day is celebrated to mark the end of the German occupation of the Channel Islands during the Second World War in 1945.