The Isle of Man
The island is a self-governing dependent territory of the British Crown which is not part of the United Kingdom, but for which the Crown has the responsibility for ensuring the good government of the island and for its external affairs, but the Island's democratically elected government exercises full control of its internal affairs and territorial waters. By long standing convention, the U.K. Government does not legislate for the Island except with the specific consent of the Island's Government.
The High Court of Tynwald is the Parliament of the Isle of Man, is over 1,000 years old and is considered to be the oldest Parliament in the world with unbroken existence.
The Isle of Man is situated at the heart of the British Isles in the middle of the Irish Sea between Ireland (31 miles) and the United Kingdom (31 miles). The island is 33 miles long and 13 miles wide with a population of approximately 85,000 residents.
The Isle of Man is a beautiful island with unspoilt beaches, mountainous countryside, sweeping coastline and bustling townscapes. Such scenery has provided many a backdrop for the film industry in recent years, the island having doubled as Cornwall, Yorkshire, Norfolk, Hampshire, Brighton and even the Caribbean.