Jersey is a
British Crown Dependency island located off the coast of Normandy.
With a population over nearly 90,000 people, Jersey is a Bailiwick
that includes several other uninhabited islands including Pierres de
Lecq, Minquiers and Ercehous.
Jersey, along with Guernsey, make up an island of groups referred to
as the Channel Islands. Although both islands are Crown
Dependencies, they are regarded as the liability of the United
Kingdom and are under their defence. Due to it's status, Jersey is
not regarded as part of the United Kingdom or European Union
(similar to the Isle of Man).
The political makeup of Jersey consists of over fifty elected
members and several senators, constables and deputies. The existing
States Members have all been elected as independents rather than
relying on traditional political parties. The Jersey Democratic
Alliance and Centre Party are exceptions to the rule (however, this
was originally made up from independents).
Jersey is split in two twelve different parishes that are all named
after the saints related to the parish churches. These include Saint
Hellier, Saint Mary, Saint Peter, Saint Clement and Saint Lawrence.
These days, the parish borders are mainly used for local and
electoral administration purposes.
Jersey is quite large in terms of land mass and is the largest of
the Channel Islands. The island measures 50 square miles and is just
over 10 miles from Normandy. Much of the landscape is made up of
cliffs to the north and sandy beaches and bays on the south.
Jersey is famous for its food produce. The island's milk, butter and
cream are very rich and popular in many cooks repertoires. Jersey
Royal Potatoes are another famous produce from Jersey. The potatoes
(are variety of new potato) are usually prepared by simply boiling
and serving with Jersey butter.
By air, Jersey can be reached using Jersey Airport. The airport
operates flights to several United Kingdom destinations and handles
around 1 and a half million passengers every year.
There are no railways in Jersey but local buses operate all around
the island. An "explorer ticket" is available to visitors which
allows for unlimited bus use around the island. There are also
several popular cycle routes and lanes around the island.
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