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Part of the Norwegian Kingdom of the Hebrides until the 13th century when it was ceded to Scotland, the isle came under the British crown in 1765. Current concerns include reviving the almost extinct Manx Gaelic language. Isle of Man is a British crown dependency but is not part of the UK or of the European Union. However, the UK Government remains constitutionally responsible for its defense and international representation.


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Geography

Location
Western Europe, island in the Irish Sea, between Great Britain and Ireland

Geographic coordinates
54 15 N, 4 30 W

Map references
Europe

Area World Ranking: 194
Total 572 sq km
Land 572 sq km
Water 0 sq km

Area - comparative
Slightly more than three times the size of Washington, DC

Land boundaries
0 km

Coastline
160 km

Maritime claims
Territorial sea 12 nm
Exclusive fishing zone 12 nm

Climate
Temperate; cool summers and mild winters; overcast about a third of the time

Terrain
Hills in north and south bisected by central valley

Elevation extremes
Lowest point Irish Sea 0 m
Highest point Snaefell 621 m

Natural resources
None

Land use
Arable land 10%
Permanent crops 0%
Other
90% (permanent pastures, forests, mountain, and heathland) (2002)

Irrigated land
0 sq km

Natural hazards
NA

Environment - current issues
Waste disposal (both household and industrial); transboundary air pollution

Geography - note
One small islet, the Calf of Man, lies to the southwest and is a bird sanctuary


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  Isle Of Man [ United Kingdom ] (British Crown Dependency):


  GPS points from Isle Of Man [ United Kingdom ] (British Crown Dependency)

Langness Isle Of Man

Saint Braddon Isle Of Man

Perwick Bay Isle Of Man

Douglas Head Isle Of Man

Bahama Bank Isle Of Man

Tynwald Hill Isle Of Man

Mount Karrin Isle Of Man

Ballasalla Isle Of Man (general)




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