Figures and fun factual information on Jersey

General Overview information on Jersey

The Channel Island, Jersey and Guernsey and the others, represent the last remains of the medieval Dukedom of Normandy that once held sway in both France and England.

The Channel Islands were the only British territory occupied in World War II by German troops.

Geographical Statistics & Information on Jersey

Geographical Position: Western Europe, island in the English Channel, northwest of France Map Ref Latitude & Longitude 49 degrees North, 2 degrees West Total Land & Sea Area Europe Total: 120 square kilometres Sea Area 0 square kilometres land area: 120 square kilometres Land boundaries: 0 kilometres Coastal Length: 80 kilometres

Climatological Conditions & information on Jersey

Mild winters, cool winters with a generally temperate, maritime climate and cool summers.

Terrain Features

Gentle rolling plains, with low, rugged hills along north coast. Highest & Lowest Elevations: Lowest elevation: Atlantic Ocean at sea level Highest elevation: unnamed location 145 metres Country’s natural resources: arable land

Land use

ploughable land area: negligible percent permanent crops: 0 percent other: 100 percent (1998 estimate)

Geographical Point of Interest

Jersey is the largest and southernmost of the Channel Islands; and about 40 percent of island’s population is concentrated in and around the capital Saint Helier.

Information on People Jersey

Population: 90,000 (July 2003 estimate) Age structure: under 15 years: 18 percent 15 to 64 years: 67 percent Over 65: 15 percent Median age of population: Total: 40 years male: 39 years female: 40 years (2002) Population growth rate: 0.5 percent (2003 estimate)

Birth rate: 10 births per thousand population (2003 estimate) mortality rate: 9 deaths per thousand population (2003 estimate) Net rate of migration: 3 migrant(s) per thousand population (2003 estimate)

Infant mortality rate: Total: 5 deaths per thousand live births female: 5 deaths per thousand live births (2003 estimate) male: 5 deaths per thousand live births Life expectancy at birth: total population: 79 years male: 77 years female: 81 years (2003 estimate) Total fertility rate: 1.5 children born/woman (2003 estimate)


Channel Islander

Ethnic groups

United Kingdom and Norman French descent.


Anglican, Roman Catholic, Baptist, Congregational New Church, Methodist, Presbyterian

Languages & Linguistic Groupings

English (official), French (official), Norman-French dialect spoken in country districts

Government information on Jersey

Country name: Bailiwick of Jersey Dependency status: British crown dependency

Capital city: Saint Helier

Independence: n/a (Jersey remains a crown dependency of the United Kingdom) National holiday: Liberation Day, 9 May 1945 Constitution: None, in part statutes, in part common law and practice. Legal system: English law and local statute; justice is administered by the Royal Court.

Electoral & Voting System

universal vote for all adult citizens Executive branch: Head of State: United Kingdom Hereditary Monarch Cabinet: committee of Cabinet is chosen by the Assembly of the States

Legislative branch: Unicameral Assembly

Economy information on Jersey

The economy has a thriving international financial services sector and it is a favoured tax haven. There is a strong agricultural sector and a strong tourist market.

The finance sector accounts for around sixty percent of the island's output. Tourism, is responsible for 24 percent of GDP.

A growing electronics industry has developed and in addition there remains a knitwear manufacturing industry.

Gross Domestic Product (GDP)

$USD2 billion (1999 estimate) Gross Domestic Product (GDP) - per head of population: $USD25,000 (1999 estimate) Gross Domestic Product - composition by sector: agriculture: 7 percent industry: 3 percent services: 90 percent (1996)

Rate of inflation: 5 percent (1998) Labour force: 57,000 (1996) Rate of unemployment: 1 percent (1998 estimate)


Incomes: $USD600 million spending : $USD590 million Industries: tourism, financial services, offshore banking and finance, agriculture and dairy, light electronics Electricity - imports: France supplies Jersey with electricity

Agriculture - products: tomatoes; beef, dairy products, potatoes, cauliflower, Exports - commodities: light industrial and electrical goods, foodstuffs, textiles Exports - partners: United Kingdom Imports - commodities: machinery and transport equipment, manufactured processed goods, processed foodstuffs, mineral fuels, Imports -most important trading partners: United Kingdom National Currency: British pound sterling (GBP); (the Jersey pound is also used locally) Currency Abbreviation: GBP

Communications information on Jersey

Telephones landlines: 65,000 (1997) Radio broadcast stations: Frequency Modulation 1, shortwave 0 (1998) Television broadcast stations: 3 (1997) Internet country code: .je

Transportation in & travel to Jersey

Railroad networks: 0 kilometres Roading System: Total: 600 kilometres

Airports & airfields: 2 (2002)

Military system of Jersey

United Kingdom is responsible for the defence and military issues of Jersey

International Issues Jersey Disputes - international: none

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