Sunday, February 23, 2014

Channel Islands - Introduction

Channel Islands
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The Channel Islands, located between the south coast of the United Kingdom and northern France.
LocationEnglish Channel
Total islands8 inhabited
Area194 km2 (75 sq mi)
Highest pointLes Platons
British Crown Dependencies
BailiwicksJersey and Guernsey
DemonymChannel Islanders
Population163,857 (in 2012)
Density844.6 /km2 (2,187.5 /sq mi)
Additional information
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The Channel Islands  are anarchipelago of British Crown Dependencies in the English Channel, off the French coast of Normandy. They include two separate bailiwicks: the Bailiwick of Jersey and the Bailiwick of Guernsey. They are considered the remnants of the Duchy of Normandy, and are not part of the United Kingdom. They have a total population of about 168,000 and their respectivecapitalsSaint Peter Port and Saint Helier, have populations of 16,488 and 33,500, respectively. The total area of the islands is 194 km2.
Both Bailiwicks have been administered separately since the late 13th century; each has its own independent laws, elections, and representative bodies (although in modern times, politicians from the islands' legislatures are in regular contact). Any institution common to both is the exception rather than the rule.
There are other islands in the English Channel which are not part of the Channel Islands. Among these are the French islands BréhatÎle de BatzChauseyTatihou and Îles Saint-Marcouf, and the Isle of Wight which is part of England..