Statistical information Guernsey 2001Guernsey

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Guernsey - Introduction 2001
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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 2001
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Location: Western Europe islands in the English Channel northwest of France

Geographic coordinates: 49 28 N 2 35 W

Map referenceEurope

Total: 194 km²
Land: 194 km²
Water: 0 km²
Note: includes Alderney, Guernsey, Herm, Sark, and some other smaller islands
Comparative: slightly larger than Washington DC

Land boundaries: 0 km

Coastline: 50 km

Maritime claims
Exclusive fishing zone: 12 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 km²

Major rivers

Major watersheds area km²

Total water withdrawal

Total renewable water resources

Natural hazards: NA

Note: large deepwater harbor at Saint Peter Port

Guernsey - People 2001
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Population: 64,342 (July 2001 est.)
Growth rate: 0.39% (2001 est.)
Below poverty line: NA%

Noun: Channel Islander
Adjective: Channel Islander

Ethnic groups: UK 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: 16.22% (male 5,285; female 5,151)
15-64 years: 66.67% (male 21,264; female 21,630)
65 years and over: 17.11% (male 4,546; female 6,466) (2001 est.)

Dependency ratios

Median age

Population growth rate: 0.39% (2001 est.)

Birth rate: 9.9 births/1000 population (2001 est.)

Death rate: 9.87 deaths/1000 population (2001 est.)

Net migration rate: 3.89 migrant(s)/1000 population (2001 est.)

Population distribution


Major urban areas

Current issues: NA

Air pollutants

Sex ratio
At birth: 1.04 male/female
Under 15 years: 1.03 male/female
15-64 years: 0.98 male/female
65 years and over: 0.7 male/female
Total population: 0.94 male/female (2001 est.)

Mothers mean age at first birth

Maternal mortality ratio

Infant mortality rate: 5 deaths/1000 live births (2001 est.)

Life expectancy at birth
Total population: 79.78 years
Male: 76.78 years
Female: 82.88 years (2001 est.)

Total fertility rate: 1.36 children born/woman (2001 est.)

Contraceptive prevalence rate

Drinking water source

Current health expenditure

Physicians density

Hospital bed density

Sanitation facility access

Adult prevalence rate: NA%
People living with hivaids: NA
Deaths: NA

Major infectious diseases

Obesity adult prevalence rate

Alcohol consumption

Tobacco use

Children under the age of 5 years underweight

Education expenditures

Definition: NA
Total population: NA%
Male: NA%
Female: NA%

School life expectancy primary to tertiary education

Youth unemployment

Guernsey - Government 2001
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Country name
Conventional long form: Bailiwick of Guernsey
Conventional short form: Guernsey

Government type: NA

Capital: Saint Peter Port

Administrative divisions: none (British crown dependency); there are no first-order administrative divisions as defined by the US Government but there are 10 parishes including St. Peter Port St. Sampson Vale Castel St. Saviour St. Pierre du Bois Torteval Forest St. Martin St. Andrew

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 Lt. Gen. Sir John FOLEY (since NA 2000) and Bailiff De Vic G. CAREY (since NA)
Cabinet: Advisory and Finance Committee appointed by the Assembly of the States
Elections: none; the monarch is hereditary; lieutenant governor appointed by the monarch; bailiff appointed by the monarch

Legislative branch
Elections: last held 12 April 2000 (next to be held NA 2006)
Election results: percent of vote - NA%; seats - all independents

Judicial branch: Royal Court

Political parties and leaders: none; all independents

International organization participation: none

Diplomatic representation
In the us: none (British crown dependency)
From the us: none (British crown dependency)

Flag descriptionflag of Guernsey: white with the red cross of Saint George (patron saint of England) extending to the edges of the flag and a yellow equal-armed cross of William the Conqueror superimposed on the Saint George cross

National symbols

National anthem

National heritage

Guernsey - Economy 2001
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Economy overview: Financial services - banking fund management insurance etc. - account for about 55% of total income in this tiny Channel Island economy. Tourism manufacturing and horticulture mainly tomatoes and cut flowers have been declining. Light tax and death duties make Guernsey a popular tax haven. The evolving economic integration of the EU nations is changing the rules of the game under which Guernsey operates.

Real gdp purchasing power parity

Real gdp growth rate: 5.7% (1999 est.)

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: 3%
Industry: 10%
Services: 87% (2000)

Agriculture products: tomatoes greenhouse flowers sweet peppers eggplant fruit; Guernsey cattle

Industries: tourism banking

Industrial production growth rate: NA%

Labor force: 31,322 (2000)
Labor force

Unemployment rate: 0.5% (1999 est.)

Youth unemployment

Population below poverty line: NA%

Gini index

Household income or consumption by percentage share
Lowest 10: NA%
Highest 10: NA%

Distribution of family income gini index

Revenues: $381.3 million
Expenditures: $368.8 million, including capital expenditures of $N/A (2000 est.)

Public debt

Taxes and other revenues


Fiscal year: calendar year

Current account balance

Inflation rate consumer prices: 3.99% (2000 est.)

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: $N/A
Commodities: tomatoes flowers and ferns sweet peppers eggplant other vegetables
Partners: UK (regarded as internal trade)

Imports: $N/A
Commodities: coal gasoline oil machinery and equipment
Partners: UK (regarded as internal trade)

Reserves of foreign exchange and gold

Debt external: $N/A

Stock of direct foreign investment at home

Stock of direct foreign investment abroad

Exchange rates: Guernsey pounds per US dollar - 0.6764 (January 2001) 0.6596 0.6180 (1999) 0.6037 (1998) 0.6106 (1997) 0.6403 (1996); note - the Guernsey pound is at par with the British pound

Guernsey - Energy 2001
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Electricity access

Electricity production: NA kWh
By source fossil fuel: NA%
By source hydro: NA%
By source nuclear: NA%
By source other: NA%

Electricity consumption: NA kWh

Electricity exports: NA kWh

Electricity imports: NA kWh

Electricity installed generating capacity

Electricity transmission distribution losses

Electricity generation sources


Refined petroleum

Natural gas

Carbon dioxide emissions

Energy consumption per capita

Guernsey - Communication 2001
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Telephones fixed lines

Telephones mobile cellular: 12,000 (1997)

Telephone system
General assessment: NA
Domestic: NA
International: 1 submarine cable

Broadcast media

Internet country code: .gg

Internet users: NA

Broadband fixed subscriptions

Guernsey - Military 2001
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Military expenditures

Military and security forces

Military service age and obligation

Terrorist groups

Guernsey - Transportation 2001
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National air transport system

Civil aircraft registration country code prefix

Airports: 2 (2000 est.)
With paved runways total: 2
With paved runways 914 to 1523 m: 1
With paved runways under 914 m: 1 (2000 est.)

Airports with paved runways
Total: 2
914 to 1523 m: 1
Under 914 m: 1 (2000 est.)

Airports with unpaved runways



Railways: 0 km


Waterways: none

Merchant marine: none (2000 est.)

Ports and terminals

Guernsey - Transnational issues 2001
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Disputes international

Refugees and internally displaced persons

Illicit drugs

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