Channel Islands

The Channel Islands (French: Îles Anglo-Normandes, Norman dialects: Îles d’la Manche) are located just off the coast of France mainly in the Bay of St Malo. They are Crown Dependencies of the United Kingdom, which means that they are self-governing in all respects except for defence and foreign affairs, which are the responsibility of the UK government.

For other places with the same name, see Channel Islands (disambiguation).
(Top) the location of the Channel Islands in the English Channel; (bottom) the location of the Channel Islands to the west of Basse-Normandie in France

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The islands fall into two separate Bailiwicks (historic feudal divisions), each of which has its own separate government. Guernsey, Alderney and Sark (comprising the Bailiwick of Guernsey) is effectively a Customs Union with no customs controls between them, despite the fact that Sark levies taxes on alcohol and tobacco at a much lower rate than the rest of the Bailiwick!

  Bailiwick of Guernsey
Smaller than Jersey, and pretty, with a smaller town but less open countryside than Jersey. It includes the islands of Alderney, Sark, Herm, and many smaller offshore islands.
  Bailiwick of Jersey
The largest and most developed of the islands, with the most to do.

Map of Channel Islands

The larger islands are divided into parishes (Alderney is one parish, the Parish of St Anne).

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