Careers, Jobs and Education Resources for: Jersey


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Jersey and the other Channel Islands represent the last remnants of the medieval Dukedom of Normandy that held sway in both France and England. These islands were the only British soil occupied by German troops in World War II. Jersey is a British crown dependency but is not part of the UK. However, the UK Government is constitutionally responsible for its defense and international representation. (from the CIA)
 
 

 

Economic Overview

Jersey's economy is based on international financial services, agriculture, and tourism. in 2005 the finance sector accounted for about 50% of the island's output. potatoes, cauliflower, tomatoes, and especially flowers are important export crops, shipped mostly to the uk. the jersey breed of dairy cattle is known worldwide and represents an important export income earner. milk products go to the uk and other eu countries. tourism accounts for one-quarter of gdp. in recent years, the government has encouraged light industry to locate in jersey, with the result that an electronics industry has developed alongside the traditional manufacturing of knitwear. all raw material and energy requirements are imported, as well as a large share of jersey's food needs. light taxes and death duties make the island a popular tax haven. living standards come close to those of the uk.

Environmental Issues

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Government Type

Parliamentary democracy

Population

91,533 (july 2008 est.)

Location

Western europe, island in the english channel, northwest of france

Area

Total: 116 sq km land: 116 sq km water: 0 sq km

About two-thirds the size of washington, dc

Country Aliases

Conventional long form: bailiwick of jersey conventional short form: jersey

Capital

Name: saint helier geographic coordinates: 49 11 n, 2 06 w time difference: utc 0 (5 hours ahead of washington, dc during standard time) daylight saving time: +1hr, begins last sunday in march; ends last sunday in october

International Disputes

None

Sources: Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

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