Jersey

Capital - Saint Helier
Area - 116 sq km
Population - 92,500
Time Zone - GMT +00:00
Currency - Jersey Pound
Life expectancy - 81 years

Trade

Exports include light industrial and electrical goods, dairy cattle, foodstuffs, textiles, flowers. 

Imports include machinery and transport equipment, manufactured goods, foodstuffs, mineral fuels, chemicals.

GDP per capita (PPP) - $57000 (in 2005)

Cultural aspects/religion

Religion - The main religions are Protestant and Roman Catholic. 

Languages - English 94.5% (official), Portuguese 4.6%, other 0.9%.

Biosphere

Terrain - Gently rolling plains with low, rugged hills along north coast.

Mountains - Unnamed elevation at 143 m.

Ecology/Wildlife - Jersey wildlife is the most diverse in the Channel Islands because of the variety of natural habitats, the mild climate and the fact that it was connected to mainland Europe for much longer than the other Channel Islands.  Jersey has three SSI's (Sites of special scientific interest).  Jersey is fortunate to have a colony of Red Squirrels despite the small areas of woodland. Grey squirrels were never introduced to the Island, so the red squirrels are thriving.

Natural resources - Arable land.

Sport

Main dports – Cricket, cycling and golf. 

Key athletes – Harry vardon (famous golfer in the early 20th century).

Key historic events

These islands were occupied by German troops in World War II.

Connections with Britain

Jersey 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 defence and international representation.

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