7 Facts about the Isle of Man

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1. The Isle of Man is a self-governing British Crown dependency in the Irish Sea between the islands of Great Britain and Ireland. The head of state is Queen Elizabeth II, who holds the title of Lord of Mann and is represented by a Lieutenant Governor. Defence is the responsibility of the United Kingdom. It’s ranked by the World Bank as the 5th richest nation in the world by GDP per capita.

2. In 1266, the island became part of Scotland under the Treaty of Perth, after being ruled by Norway. After a period of alternating rule by the kings of Scotland and England, the island came under the feudal lordship of the English Crown in 1399. The lordship revested into the British Crown in 1765, but the island never became part of the 18th century Kingdom of Great Britain or its successors the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and the present-day United Kingdom: it retained its status as an internally self-governing Crown dependency.

3. The island has been inhabited since before 6500 BC. Gaelic cultural influence began in the 5th century and the Manx language, a branch of the Gaelic languages, emerged.

4. You have probably heard of the Manx cat – the tailless one (according to legend, two Manx cats were last to board Noah’s Ark and their tails became trapped in the closing door).

5. The Island has the world’s oldest continuous parliament, known as Tynwald, which was setup by the Vikings in 979 AD. Although today’s parliament has modern offices in the capital, Douglas, each July it meets at Tynwald Hill, an ancient Viking site near St John’s, to declare each law that has been passed in the past year. Any Manx citizen can also make a petition which, providing it meets certain criteria, will then have to be considered.

6. Douglas is the capital and largest town of the Isle of Man, with a population of 27,938.

7. Hop tu Naa on the Isle of Man is a unique Halloween experience. This traditional Celtic festival is the celebration of the original New Year’s Eve (Oie Houney) and, instead of pumpkins, children carry lanterns carved from turnips and sing traditional Hop tu Naa songs.

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