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Guernsey in the World


Guernsey - Introduction 1996
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Background: The island of Guernsey and the other Channel Islands represent the last remnants of the medieval Dukedom of Normandy which held sway in both France and England. The islands were the only British soil occupied by German troops in World War II.

Guernsey - Geography 1996
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Location: Western Europe, islands in the English Channel, northwest of France

Geographic coordinates

Map reference

Total: 194 km²
Land: 194 km²
Comparative: slightly larger than Washington, DC
Comparative note: Includes Alderney, Guernsey, Herm, Sark, and some other smaller islands

Land boundaries: 0 km

Coastline: 50 km

Maritime claims
Exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm
Territorial sea: 3 nm

Climate: Temperate with mild winters and cool summers; about 50% of days are overcast

Terrain: Mostly level with low hills in southwest

Extremes lowest point: Atlantic Ocean 0 m
Extremes highest point: unnamed location on Sark 114 m

Natural resources: Cropland
Land use

Land use
Arable land: NA
Permanent crops: NA
Permanent pastures: NA
Forests and woodland: NA
Other: NA

Irrigated land: NA

Major rivers

Major watersheds area km²

Total water withdrawal

Total renewable water resources

Natural hazards


Guernsey - People 1996
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62,920 (July 1996 est.)
64,353 (July 1995 est.)

Growth rate:
1.28% (1996 est.)
0.98% (1995 est.)

Noun: Channel Islander(s)
Adjective: Channel Islander

Ethnic groups: U.K. and Norman-French descent

Languages: English, French; Norman-French dialect spoken in country districts

Religions: Anglican, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Baptist, Congregational, Methodist

Demographic profile
Age structure

Age structure
0-14 years:
18% (male 5,592; female 5,439) (July 1996 est.)
18% (male 5,892; female 5,664) (July 1995 est.)

15-64 years:
67% (male 20,636; female 21,472) (July 1996 est.)
66% (male 21,030; female 21,574) (July 1995 est.)

65 years and over:
15% (male 3,925; female 5,856) (July 1996 est.)
16% (male 4,134; female 6,059) (July 1995 est.)

Dependency ratios

Median age

Population growth rate:
1.28% (1996 est.)
0.98% (1995 est.)

Birth rate:
13.06 births/1000 population (1996 est.)
13.29 births/1000 population (1995 est.)

Death rate:
9.73 deaths/1000 population (1996 est.)
9.93 deaths/1000 population (1995 est.)

Net migration rate:
9.44 migrant(s)/1000 population (1996 est.)
6.4 migrant(s)/1000 population (1995 est.)

Population distribution


Major urban areas

Current issues: NA
Current issues Natural hazards: NA
International agreements: NA
International agreements note: Large, deepwater harbor at Saint Peter Port

Air pollutants

Sex ratio
At birth: 1.04 male(s)/female
Under 15 years: 1.03 male(s)/female
15-64 years: 0.96 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.67 male(s)/female
All ages:
0.92 male(s)/female (1996 est.) Infant Mortality Rate:9.2 deaths/1000 live births (1996 est.)
6.4 deaths/1000 live births (1995 est.)

Mothers mean age at first birth

Maternal mortality ratio

Infant mortality rate

Life expectancy at birth
Total population: 78.22 years (1996 est.), 78.34 years (1995 est.)
Male: 75.28 years (1996 est.), 75.63 years (1995 est.)
Female: 81.27 years (1996 est.), 81.07 years (1995 est.)

Total fertility rate:
1.56 children born/woman (1996 est.)
1.7 children born/woman (1995 est.)

Contraceptive prevalence rate

Drinking water source

Current health expenditure

Physicians density

Hospital bed density

Sanitation facility access


Major infectious diseases

Obesity adult prevalence rate

Alcohol consumption

Tobacco use

Children under the age of 5 years underweight

Education expenditures

Literacy: definition:NA

School life expectancy primary to tertiary education

Youth unemployment

Guernsey - Government 1996
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Country name
Conventional long form: Bailiwick of Guernsey
Conventional short form: Guernsey

Government type: British crown dependency

Capital: Saint Peter Port

Administrative divisions: None (British crown dependency)

Dependent areas

Independence: None (British crown dependency)

National holiday: Liberation Day, 9 May (1945)

Constitution: Unwritten; partly statutes, partly common law and practice

Legal system: English law and local statute; justice is administered by the Royal Court

International law organization participation


Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal

Executive branch
Chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952)
Head of government: Lieutenant Governor and Commander in Chief Vice-Admiral Sir John COWARD (since NA 1994); Bailiff Mr. Graham Martyn DOREY (since February 1992)
Cabinet: Advisory and Finance Committee (other committees); appointed by the States

Legislative branch: Unicameral Assembly of the States:Elections last held NA (next to be held NA; results_no percent of vote by party since all are independents; seats_(60 total, 33 elected), all independents

Judicial branch: Royal Court

Political parties and leaders

International organization participation: None Diplomatic Representation in U.S.:None (British crown dependency) U.S. Diplomatic Representation:None (British crown dependency)

Diplomatic representation

Flag descriptionflag of Guernsey: White with the red cross of Saint George (patron saint of England) extending to the edges of the flag

National symbols

National anthem

National heritage

Guernsey - Economy 1996
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Economy overview: Financial services account for about 55% of total income. Tourism, manufacturing, and horticulture, mainly tomatoes and cut flowers, have been declining. Bank profits (1992) registered a record 26% growth. Fund management and insurance are the two other major income generators. GDP NA

Real gdp purchasing power parity

Real gdp growth rate: 9% (1987)

Real gdp per capita ppp

Gross national saving
Gdp composition by sector of origin

Gdp composition by end use

Gdp composition by sector of origin

Agriculture products: Tomatoes, flowers (mostly grown in greenhouses), sweet peppers, eggplant, other vegetables, fruit; Guernsey cattle


Industrial production growth rate: Growth rate NA

Labor force: NA
Labor force

Unemployment rate: NA

Youth unemployment

Population below poverty line

Gini index

Household income or consumption by percentage share

Distribution of family income gini index

Revenues: $238.3 million (1993 est.), $208.9 million (1988)
Expenditures: $223.7 million, including capital expenditures of $NA (1993 est.), $173.9 million, including capital expenditures of NA (1988)

Public debt

Taxes and other revenues


Fiscal year: Calendar year

Current account balance

Inflation rate consumer prices

Central bank discount rate

Commercial bank prime lending rate

Stock of narrow money

Stock of broad money

Stock of domestic credit

Market value of publicly traded shares

Current account balance

Exports: total value. NA
Flowers and ferns
Sweet peppers
Other vegetables

Partners: U.K. (regarded as internal trade)

Imports: total value:NA
And oil

Partners: U.K. (regarded as internal trade)

Reserves of foreign exchange and gold

Debt external: NA

Stock of direct foreign investment at home

Stock of direct foreign investment abroad

Exchange rates: Guernsey pounds (#G) per US$1_0.6535 (January 1996), 0.6335 (1995), 0.6529 (1994), 0.6658 (1993), 0.5664 (1992), 0.5652 (1991), 0.5603 (1990; note_the Guernsey pound is at par with the British pound

Guernsey - Energy 1996
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Electricity access

Electricity production: 525 million kWh

Electricity consumption
Per capita: 9,060 kWh (1992)

Electricity exports

Electricity imports

Electricity installed generating capacity

Electricity transmission distribution losses

Electricity generation sources


Refined petroleum

Natural gas

Carbon dioxide emissions

Energy consumption per capita

Guernsey - Communication 1996
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Telephones fixed lines

Telephones mobile cellular

Telephone system: 41,850 telephones (1983 est.)
Local: NA
Intercity: NA
International: 1 submarine cable

Broadcast media

Internet country code

Internet users

Broadband fixed subscriptions

Guernsey - Military 1996
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Military expenditures

Military and security forces

Military service age and obligation

Terrorist groups

Guernsey - Transportation 1996
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National air transport system

Civil aircraft registration country code prefix

Airports: 2
914 to 1523 m: 1
Under 914 m: 1

Airports with paved runways

Airports with unpaved runways






Merchant marine: None

Ports and terminals

Guernsey - Transnational issues 1996
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Disputes international

Refugees and internally displaced persons

Illicit drugs


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