Where is Guernsey?

Located in Western Europe, north of France, Guernsey is an island nation. It has a 50.00 km coastline.

Saint Peter Port, which is located on the east coast of the country, is the capital of Guernsey. This town acts as a resort center. The present harbor of Saint Peter Port was built 1853 and 1874.

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Guernsey is a European country covering 78.00 km2. and about 35 times smaller than Rhode Island. Its geographic coordinates are 49 28 N, 2 35 W and St Peter Port is the capital city.

The name Guernsey is old Old Norse origin, although the meaning of the root word is uncertain.

Its ISO code is GG.

Geography

Guernsey has a mean elevation of 0 m above sea level.

It has a temperate climate with mild winters and cool summers; both of which are generally overcast. Its terrain is mostly flat with low hills in the southeast.

Population

Guernsey has a population of 66,297 making it the 203rd largest in the world.

English, French and Norman-French are all spoken. The major ethnic groups reported are British and Norman-French. The majority of the country is Protestant.

While English is the official language of Guernsey, French stands as the administrative language. Guernsey's form of French is called Guernésiais. It was the official language of Guernsey some 300 years ago before English was made official. A variety of the Norman language is also spoken by small groups of people.

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The dialing code for the country is -1437.

Government

It is a British crown dependency. Its constitution is unwritten.

The long formal form of the country’s name is Bailiwick of Guernsey. Guernsey’s government is what is described as a Parliamentary Representative Democracy, meaning that elected officials make decisions that affect other people. Legally Guernsey is identified as a British Crown Dependency. The official representative of the British crown in Guernsey is referred to as the “Lieutenant Governor Of Guernsey.”This position was made official in 1835 after the Governor’s role was abolished. As of this year, the Lieutenant General is based in Guernsey. The German occupation of Guernsey ended in the year 1945. The Island became free on May 9th, 1945. This day is celebrated as Liberation Day.

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Economy

Factoring in Purchasing Power Parity, Guernsey's GDP is $3,465,000,000.00 (USD) with $52,400.00 (USD) per capita. This makes it the 180th largest economy and its citizens the 21st richest in the world. The currency of Guernsey is the Pound (GBP).

Its major imports include coal, gasoline, oil, machinery, and equipment.

Flag

The current flag of Guernsey is made up of the St. George’s cross on a white background. Inside the Red St. Georges is a gold Norman cross. The flag was made public in February of 1985. It became official three months later on May 9th, 1985 to honor the 40th anniversary of when the country ended its occupation by Germans.

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This page was last modified on February 6th, 2018