Cruising to Jersey and the Channel Islands
Jersey and the other Channel Islands represent the last remnants of the medieval Dukedom of Normandy that held sway in both France and England. These islands were the only British soil occupied by German troops in World War II. Jersey is a British crown dependency, but is not part of the UK.
Location: Western Europe, island in the English Channel, northwest
Territorial sea: 3 nm
Temperate; mild winters and cool summers
Gently rolling plain with low, rugged hills along north coast
Lowest point: Atlantic Ocean 0 m
Jersey's economy is based on international financial services, agriculture, and tourism. In 1996, the finance sector accounted for about 60% of the island's output. Potatoes, cauliflower, tomatoes, and especially flowers are important export crops, shipped mostly to the UK. The Jersey breed of dairy cattle is known worldwide and represents an important export income earner. Milk products go to the UK and other EU countries.
Tourism accounts for 24% of GDP. In recent years, the government has encouraged light industry to locate in Jersey, with the result that an electronics industry has developed alongside the traditional manufacturing of knitwear. All raw material and energy requirements are imported, as well as a large share of Jersey's food needs. Light taxes and death duties make the island a popular tax haven. Living standards come close to those of the UK.
Airports: 1 (2005)
Sailing Specifics: Ports and terminals
Gorey, Saint Aubin, Saint Helier