The largest of the Channel Islands, and situated in the English Channel, off the coast of Normandy, the Bailiwick of Jersey comprises the island of Jersey, plus several uninhabited islands. The capital city is St. Helier.
A parliamentary democracy, Jersey, along with Guernsey is a Crown dependency with its own judiciary and legislature. Its Lieutenant General is a representative of the Crown. The United Kingdom has responsibility for Jersey’s defence and international relations; other than that, Jersey is self-governing, and divided into twelve parishes. With over 100,000 residents, it is the more populous of the Channel Islands.
Financial services and tourism form the backbone of Jersey’s economy. Its important exports include potatoes and flowers, and its dairy industry is world renowned.
English is the main language, but there are Norman dialects which are still spoken. Seafood is an important feature of Jersey cuisine. It has a lively film and broadcast industry, with an International Film Festival held every year.