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  • The island of Jersey is the largest and southernmost of the British Channel Islands.
  • It lies in the English Channel, northwest of France.
  • The official languages are English and French. Jèrriais and Portuguese are also widely spoken.
  • The island has numerous residents born outside Jersey, with 47% of the population not native to the island. The total population is approximately 88,000.
  • Jersey is a popular vacation destination, for its mild climate, long beaches washed by Gulf Stream waters, and unusual English-French culture.

HISTORY

  • The island of 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.


FACTS

    Typical Houses

    • Jersey does not have any universities, although there is a college, called Highlands, which offers a very limited selection of university level degrees.
    • Jersey really cares about its visitors and the locals are encouraged to give them a warm welcome although this is the normal custom for Jersey people anyway. There is an annual award scheme in which anyone, related to the tourism industry or not, is nominated for a variety of awards.

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Safety

Greve de Lecq Beach

  • There are very strict drinking and driving laws and being caught will usually mean a hefty fine and a ban of at least 1 year, and for a second offence a 2 year prison sentence can be implemented.
  • Serious crime in Jersey is thankfully extremely rare.

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Climate

Mont Orgueil Castle in Gorey

  • The climate in Jersey is temperate with mild winters and cool summers.
  • The average annual temperature is 11.6 °C (52.9 °F)
  • There is approximately an annual total of 1912 hours of sunshine.
  • Jersey is usually the hottest place in the British Isles during the summer months and the mildest during the winter months.
  • Take extra caution regarding sunburn, even on hazy days the sun is stronger than you would imagine, especially between 11-4pm.
  • The most popular holiday season is from May until the end of September, with temperatures averaging 21°C (68-70°F).
  • Rainfall averages 84cm (33 inches) a year, most of which falls during the cooler months.

Places to See

Seymour Tower

Jersey Zoological Park

  • A 25-acre zoological park established in 1959 on the island of Jersey in the English Channel
  • It has approximately 150,000 visitors per year
  • Jersey Zoo has always concentrated on rare and endangered species
  • It has mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles, comprising over 190 species

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La Hougue Bie

  • A historic site in the Parish of Grouville, Jersey
  • The site consists of 18.6 metre long passage chamber covered by a 12.2 metre high earth mound

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Mont Orgueil Castle

  • A castle in Jersey, located overlooking the harbour of Gorey
  • The site had been fortified in the prehistoric period, but the construction of the castle was undertaken following the division of the Duchy of Normandy in 1204
  • The castle was first mentioned in 1212
  • The castle was the primary defense of the Island until the development of gunpowder

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Elizabeth Castle

  • A castle in Saint Helier, Jersey
  • Construction was started in the 16th century when the port of St. Helier was vulnerable to attack by ships armed with cannon

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Jersey War Tunnels

  • An underground hospital that now contains displays on and memorabilia from WWII
  • The tunnel complex was hewn out of the rock by forced labour during the occupation of Jersey by German Forces

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