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Isle of Man
I visited the Isle of Man in August 1999

Photogallery of the Isle of Man

The Isle of Man has a maximum length of 48 kilometers and a maximum width of 24 kilometers, with a total area of 572 square kilometers. The population is about 80,000, of which about one third lives in the capital, Douglas. Geographically, the island clearly belongs to the British islands but its political status is exceptional, comparable with the status of the Channel Islands. The Isle of Man and the Channel Islands are Crown dependencies; they have a high degree of autonomy and are not represented in the British Parliament.

The island has a moderate climate with precipitation in all seasons, like the climate of the rest of north-west Europe.

The Isle of Man has many hills except for a low and flat area in the very north. The top is called Snaefell and stands at 621 meters. To the south of the island we find a small, beautiful and uninhabited satellite island called the Calf of Man.

People, economy
The 80,000 people live from farming, fishing, mass tourism and offshore banking. The tourist accommodations are full during the annual TT-races in summer.

Travel and tourism
The Isle of Man has excellent ferry and flight connections with many ports and airports in Britain and Ireland. Tourist attractions include beautiful buildings, museums and three train systems from the late 19th century: 1) steam trains, 2) one of the oldest electrical trains in the world and 3) a cable train to the island's summit.

However, I preferred the excellent footpaths along the coast and in the mountains, as well as strolling over the Calf of Man.
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