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).
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!
The larger islands are divided into parishes (Alderney is one parish, the Parish of St Anne).
- 1 Saint Helier – capital of Jersey
- 1 Saint Peter Port – capital of Guernsey
- 1 Saint Peter
- 1 Saint Saviour