World Facts And Stats: The Isle Of Man

Facts and information about the Isle of Man.


Location: Western Europe, island in the Irish Sea, between Great Britain and Ireland

Geographic coordinates: 54 15 N, 4 30 W

Map references: Europe


total: 588 sq km

land: 588 sq km

water: 0 sq km

Area""comparative: slightly more than three times the size of Washington, DC

Land boundaries: 0 km

Coastline: 113 km

Maritime claims:

exclusive fishing zone: 12 nm

territorial sea: 12 nm

Climate: cool summers and mild winters; humid; overcast about half the time

Terrain: hills in north and south bisected by central valley

Elevation extremes:

lowest point: Irish Sea 0 m

highest point: Snaefell 620 m

Natural resources: lead, iron ore

Land use:

arable land: 12%

permanent crops: 0%

permanent pastures: 56%

forests and woodland: 32%

other: 0%

Irrigated land: NA sq km

Natural hazards: NA

Environment""current issues: NA

Environment""international agreements:

party to: NA

signed, but not ratified: NA

Geography""note: one small islet, the Calf of Man, lies to the southwest, and is a bird sanctuary


Population: 75,686 (July 1999 est.)

Age structure:

0-14 years: 18% (male 6,906; female 6,597)

15-64 years: 65% (male 24,655; female 24,604)

65 years and over: 17% (male 5,156; female 7,768) (1999 est.)

Population growth rate: 0.71% (1999 est.)

Birth rate: 12.43 births/1,000 population (1999 est.)

Death rate: 11.52 deaths/1,000 population (1999 est.)

Net migration rate: 6.17 migrant(s)/1,000 population (1999 est.)

Sex ratio:

at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female

under 15 years: 1.05 male(s)/female

15-64 years: 1 male(s)/female

65 years and over: 0.66 male(s)/female

total population: 0.94 male(s)/female (1999 est.)

Infant mortality rate: 2.45 deaths/1,000 live births (1999 est.)

Life expectancy at birth:

total population: 77.79 years

male: 74.28 years

female: 81.47 years (1999 est.)

Total fertility rate: 1.67 children born/woman (1999 est.)


noun: Manxman, Manxwoman

adjective: Manx

Ethnic groups: Manx (Norse-Celtic descent), Briton

Religions: Anglican, Roman Catholic, Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Society of Friends

Languages: English, Manx Gaelic

Literacy: NA


Country name:

conventional long form: none

conventional short form: Isle of Man

Data code: IM

Dependency status: British crown dependency

Government type: NA

Capital: Douglas

Administrative divisions: none (British crown dependency)

Independence: none (British crown dependency)

National holiday: Tynwald Day, 5 July

Constitution: 1961, Isle of Man Constitution Act

Legal system: English law and local statute

Suffrage: 21 years of age; universal

Executive branch:

chief of state: Lord of Mann Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952), represented by Lieutenant Governor His Excellency Sir Timothy DAUNT (since NA 1995)

head of government: President of the Tynwald and the Legislative Council Sir Charles KERRUISH (since NA 1990)

cabinet: Council of Ministers

elections: the monarch is hereditary; lieutenant governor appointed by the monarch for a five-year term; president of theTwnwald and the Legislative Council elected by the Tynwald for a five-year term; election last held NA (next to be held NA)

election results: Sir Charles KERRUISH elected president of the Legislative Council; percent of legislative vote""NA

Legislative branch: bicameral Tynwald consists of the Legislative Council (a 10-member body composed of the Lord Bishop of Sodor and Man, a nonvoting attorney general, and 8 others named by the House of Keys) and the House of Keys (24 seats; members are elected by popular vote to serve five-year terms)

elections: House of Keys""last held 21 November 1996 (next to be held NA 2001)

election results: House of Keys""percent of vote by party""NA; seats by party""independents 24

Judicial branch: High Court of Justice, justices are appointed by the Lord Chancellor of England on the nomination of the lieutenant governor

Political parties and leaders: there is no party system; members sit as independents

International organization participation: none

Diplomatic representation in the US: none (British crown dependency)

Diplomatic representation from the US: none (British crown dependency)

Flag description: red with the Three Legs of Man emblem (Trinacria), in the center; the three legs are joined at the thigh and bent at the knee; in order to have the toes pointing clockwise on both sides of the flag, a two-sided emblem is used


Economy""overview: Offshore banking, manufacturing, and tourism are key sectors of the economy. The government's policy of offering incentives to high-technology companies and financial institutions to locate on the island has paid off in expanding employment opportunities in high-income industries. As a result, agriculture and fishing, once the mainstays of the economy, have declined in their shares of GDP. Banking and other services now contribute more than four fifths of GDP. Trade is mostly with the UK. The Isle of Man enjoys free access to EU markets.

GDP: purchasing power parity""$985 million (1998 est.)

GDP""real growth rate: NA%

GDP""per capita: purchasing power parity""$13,100 (1998 est.)

GDP""composition by sector:

agriculture: 2%

industry: 16%

services: 82% (1998 est.)

Population below poverty line: NA%

Household income or consumption by percentage share:

lowest 10%: NA%

highest 10%: NA%

Inflation rate (consumer prices): 2.9% (1998 est.)

Labor force: 33,577 (1996)

Labor force""by occupation: manufacturing 11%, construction 10%, transport and communication 8%, retail distribution 9%, professional and scientific services 18%, public administration 6%, banking and finance 18%

Unemployment rate: 1% (1998 est.)


revenues: $437.7 million

expenditures: $432.5 million, including capital expenditures of $102.2 million (FY98/99 est.)

Industries: financial services, light manufacturing, tourism

Industrial production growth rate: NA%

Electricity""production: NA kWh

Electricity""production by source:

fossil fuel: 100%

hydro: 0%

nuclear: 0%

other: 0%

Electricity""consumption: NA kWh

Electricity""exports: NA kWh

Electricity""imports: NA kWh

Agriculture""products: cereals, vegetables; cattle, sheep, pigs, poultry

Exports: $NA

Exports""commodities: tweeds, herring, processed shellfish, beef, lamb

Exports""partners: UK

Imports: $NA

Imports""commodities: timber, fertilizers, fish

Imports""partners: UK

Debt""external: $NA

Economic aid""recipient: $NA

Currency: 1 Manx pound (£M) = 100 pence

Exchange rates: Manx pounds (£M) per US$1""0.6057 (January 1999), 0.6037 (1998), 0.6106 (1997), 0.6403 (1996), 0.6335 (1995), 0.6529 (1994)); the Manx pound is at par with the British pound

Fiscal year: 1 April""31 March


Telephones: 46,000 (1996)

Telephone system:

domestic: NA

international: NA

Radio broadcast stations: AM 1, FM 4, shortwave 0

Radios: NA

Television broadcast stations: 0 (receives broadcasts from the UK) (1997)

Televisions: 24,450 (1996)



total: 52 km (27 km electrified)


total: 640 km

paved: 320 km

unpaved: 320 km

Ports and harbors: Castletown, Douglas, Peel, Ramsey

Merchant marine:

total: 148 ships (1,000 GRT or over) totaling 4,161,154 GRT/6,880,170 DWT

ships by type: bulk 28, cargo 7, chemical tanker 14, combination bulk 3, container 20, liquefied gas tanker 14, oil tanker 43, refrigerated cargo 3, roll-on/roll-off cargo 14, vehicle carrier 2

note: a flag of convenience registry; UK owns 8 ships, Denmark 1, Sweden 1, Belgium 1, and Netherlands 1 (1998 est.)

Airports: 1 (1998 est.)

Airports""with paved runways:

total: 1

1,524 to 2,437 m: 1 (1998 est.)


Military""note: defense is the responsibility of the UK

Transnational Issues

Disputes""international: none

*Information obtained from the Central Intelligence Agency's World Fact Book.

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