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Hello, and welcome to the Channel Islands portal, with information relating to the 8 inhabited, and 11 uninhabited islands. The Channel Islands (in Norman they are the Îles d'la Manche, and in French the Îles Anglo-Normandes or Îles de la Manche) are an archipelago of British Crown Dependencies in the English Channel, off the French coast of Normandy. They include two separate bailiwicks: the Bailiwick of Guernsey and the Bailiwick of Jersey. They are considered the remnants of the Duchy of Normandy, and are not part of the United Kingdom. They have a total population of about 168,000 and their respective capitals, Saint Peter Port and Saint Helier, have populations of 16,488 and 33,500 respectively. The total area of the islands is 194 km2.
Jersey (, French: [ʒɛʁzɛ]; Jèrriais: Jèrri [ʒɛri], officially the Bailiwick of Jersey, French: Bailliage de Jersey), is a British Crown dependency just off the coast of Normandy, France. It is the largest Channel Island, and although the Bailiwicks of Jersey and Guernsey are often referred to collectively as the Channel Islands, the "Channel Islands" are not a constitutional or political unit. Jersey has a separate relationship to the British Crown from the other Crown dependencies of Guernsey and the Isle of Man. The bailiwick consists of Jersey, Les Dirouilles, Les Écréhous, Les Minquiers, Les Pierres de Lecq, and other reefs.
Jersey is part of the ancient Duchy of Normandy, and is ruled by the Duke of Normandy—a title held by the reigning Monarch of the United Kingdom, though unrelated to those duties as king or queen of the UK. The island is a self-governing parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarchy, with its own financial, legal and judicial systems, and the power of self-determination.
- ... that during World War II, the Germans built a bomb- and gas-proof bunker on Jerbourg Point (pictured), the southeastern point of Guernsey in the English Channel?
- ... that Michael Le Bourgeois was the first Jerseyman to sign a professional rugby contract with Jersey?
- ... that the artifacts on display at the Alderney Society Museum are as diverse as 1940 census papers, cinerary urns, dulcie cups, and curry powder bottles?
- ... that the Samedi division of the Royal Court, one of the Courts of Jersey, sits on a Friday, rather than a Saturday as the name suggests?
- ... that Guernsey RFC's ladies team was rejected from joining the RFU leagues on logistical grounds, despite the men's team playing in the RFU's National League?
- ... that the Jersey theatre scene includes Jersey French?
- ... that Marie Collings, a wealthy pirate's daughter, purchased an island and became its hereditary ruler but never visited it?
- Bring all inhabited islands to Good Article status: Alderney, Brecqhou, Burhou, Casquets, Écréhous, Grande-Île, Guernsey, Herm, Jersey, Jethou, Les Dirouilles, Les Pierres de Lecq, Lihou, Minquiers, and Sark
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