Situated just off the coast of France on the edge of the English Channel, the beautiful Channel Islands, a British Crown dependency since 1066, are fiercely independent and justifiably proud of their history and traditions.
They're in fact, famous for stoic resistance during the German occupation in World War II, with remnants of that war still dotting the landscape.
This popular tourist destination is also an attractive offshore tax haven (for many companies), and as a result, the islands have a thriving financial industry. In addition, they're known worldwide for locally grown flowers and for their prized purebred Guernsey cows.
The local language and pubs may be English, but the islands were once a part of Normandy, so many of the place names and roads, as well as the food are decidedly French.
Facts and Figures
Official Name Channel Islands
Main Towns St. Helier, St. Peter Port and St. Anne
Flags of the islands here
Climate When compared to the mainland of Britain, the islands are temperate in nature, with mild, damp and cloudy winters, and warm, dry, sunnier summers.
Electricity 240V, 50Hz
Latitude/Longitude 49° 02'N, 2.2° W
Official Currency Pound Sterling
Religions Anglican, Catholic, others
Land Area 311 sq km (120 sq miles)
Time and Date in St. Helier
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