The Island of Jersey is located in the Bay of Mont St. Michel, 14 miles from the west coast of France and 100 miles south of Great Britain. It is the largest of the Channel Islands, measuring nine miles by five miles, and is divided into 12 electoral districts known as parishes. The capital town is St. Helier.The permanent population of Jersey as at the March 2011 census was 97,857.
HERE ARE 10 FACTS ABOUT JERSEY:
*The Island is neither part of the EU or the U.K.
*Sterling is the legal tender in Jersey. However,the Island has its own coins and notes.
*During the summer months Jersey is consistently the hottest place in the British Isles, with the temperature a few degrees higher on average than the mainland.
*Jersey has one of the largest tidal movements on earth, rising and falling by an average of 40ft (12m) with the islands landmass increasing by a third at low tide.
*Jersey has the highest per capita ratio of car owners in the world.
*New Jersey is named after Jersey as it was a gift from Charles II for the islands support during the English Civil War.
*The last land battle fought on British soil was between the French and Jersey Militia/Scottish Highlanders in The Royal Square in 1781.
*In 1768 the Jersey Chamber of Commerce was founded, the first in the British Isles.
*Jersey and the other Channel Islands were the only part of British soil occupied by the Nazis during World War II.