Located in the Irish Sea between Great Britain and Ireland, The Isle of Man is not part of the United Kingdom or European Union, but has the status of 'crown dependency', similar to Jersey and Guernsey, with an independent administration.
The island is about 30 miles (48 km) long by 10 miles (16 km) wide and has an area of 221 square miles (572 square km).
The climate is oceanic, with cool summers and mild winters. The average temperature is 4.9 °C (41 °F) in the winter and 14.3 °C (58 °F) in the summer. The average annual rainfall is 45 inches (1,140 mm) and the wettest period is from October to January.
Public transport is very good on the Isle of Man and a common way to get about. Buses run all over the island, even to remote destinations.
Public Transport incorporates Bus Vannin, modern buses which are comfortable and fully accessible. Also, railways including the Isle of Man Steam Railway, Manx Electric Railway, Snaefell Mountain Railway, and the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway. You can enjoy all the magic of this place by railway, although it’s not the fastest way to get around.
If you want to get around the island quicker, you can always go by taxi or rent a car
Cost of living
The cost of living on the Isle of Man is slightly higher than in the United Kingdom, except for the rent prices, which in the United Kingdom are 2.48% higher than in the Isle Of Man.
For example, monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation goes from £859 to £1,123, depending on the area
Restaurant and Groceries Prices in the Isle of Man are around 20% higher than in the United Kingdom and it has been reported that the majority of money spent in the Isle Of Man goes for transportation, because of higher prices for fuel.
Bars and restaurants
The Isle of Man’s food excels in quality and variety, renowned for its fresh produce from flavorsome Queenies to succulent Loaghtan lamb.
You can choose from many different restaurants and you certainly won’t be hungry during your stay.
The Isle of Man prides itself on keeping you entertained during your holiday and you can find a wide range of clubs, from recognised UK brands, through to small local bars where you can try a locally produced beer or spirit.
Many of the bars perform 2 functions. A place to drink and party the night away in the evening and a more relaxed atmosphere and dining during the daytime.
History and Culture
The Isle of Man became an island around 85,000 years ago when melting glaciers caused sea levels to rise, cutting off Mesolithic Britain from mainland Europe. The first human occupation arrived on the island as the ice age retreated some 10,000 years ago.
Early in its history the first Celtic tribes arrived from Ireland and began to inhabit the island.
The Industrial Revolution appears to have arrived on the island in 1854 with the building of the largest waterwheel in the world and around this time, the economy of the Isle of Man also began to change.
The spoken language on the island is English, but the historical language of the island is Manx.
The Isle of Man is full of history and amazing museums and historical places you should visit to dive into their culture.
The Isle of Man is a fantastic place to live and work. The Isle of Man is a leading center for finance, e-business, space commerce, insurance, aviation, and shipping.
You should know that those who want to work in the Isle of Man but who are not classified as an 'Isle of Man worker' will require a work permit before starting employment or self-employment on the Island.
There is a range of careers that are exempt from requiring work permits, including certain ICT and eBusiness workers, nurses, secondary school teachers, and social workers.
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