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Friday, 11 September 2015

Jersey

Jersey is a Crown Dependency officially ruled by the Duke of Normandy, a title currently held by the Queen. It has its own financial, legal and judicial systems, and the power of self-determination.

Sir Walter Raleigh was the Governor of Jersey from 1600-1603.

Charles II was proclaimed King when in exile in Jersey after his father Charles I was executed in 1649.

Claude Debussy wrote part of "La Mer" in the summer of 1904 while holiday in Jersey with his mistress Emma Bardac.

In recognition of Jersey's help during his exile, Charles II gave land in the colonies to George Carteret of Jersey, which he named 'New Jersey'.

Jersey and the other Channel Islands were liberated by British forces on May 9, 1945 after five years of German occupation.


The island of Jersey is the largest of the Channel Islands. It would fit 189 times into the area of New Jersey.

In the 2011 census, the total resident population was estimated to be 97,857, of whom 34% live in Saint Helier, the island's only town.

Only half the island's population was born in Jersey; 31% of the population were born elsewhere in the British Isles, 7% in continental Portugal or Madeira, 8% in other European countries and 4% elsewhere.

Jersey residents are often called Islanders or, in individual terms, Jerseyman or Jerseywoman.

Along with English and French, more than two thousand people speak Jèrriais, a dialectal form of the Norman language.

Men are banned from knitting in Jersey during the fishing season of August-September.

Source Daily Express

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