Portal:Channel Islands

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Channel Islands

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Hello, and welcome to the Channel Islands portal, with information relating to the 8 inhabited, and 11 uninhabited islands. The Channel Islands (in Norman they are the Îles d'la Manche, and in French the Îles Anglo-Normandes or Îles de la Manche) are an archipelago of British Crown Dependencies in the English Channel, off the French coast of Normandy. They include two separate bailiwicks: the Bailiwick of Guernsey and the Bailiwick of Jersey. They are considered the remnants of the Duchy of Normandy, and are not part of the United Kingdom. They have a total population of about 168,000 and their respective capitals, Saint Peter Port and Saint Helier, have populations of 16,488 and 33,500 respectively. The total area of the islands is 194 km2.

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Sark (French: Sercq; Sercquiais: Sèr or Cerq) is a small island in the Channel Islands in the southwestern English Channel, off the coast of Normandy, France. It is a royal fief, which forms part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey, with its own set of laws based on Norman law and its own parliament. It has a population of about 600. Sark and the nearby island of Brecqhou has an area of 2.10 square miles (5.44 km2). Sark consists of Greater Sark and Little Sark, linked by an isthmus called La Coupée. It is ruled by a Seigneur, French for "lord"; currently this is Michael Beaumont, who is the twenty second Seigneur.

The dialect on the island is English, but Sercquiais, a version of French, is also in (declining) usage. Sark allows no cars, only bicycles, horse drawn vehicles, tractors, and few motorised vehicles.

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La Coupée, which connects Little Sark to Great Sark.

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La Coupée connects Little Sark to Great Sark.

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