Isle Of Man
The Isle of Man is located in the Irish Sea at approximately the same distance from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Despite its compact size, there is a lot of varied scenery here. In the north of the island you will find long sandy beaches that line the coastline with dunes and lighthouses. The further south you travel, the higher the island rises with rolling hills, rocky cliffs and sheltered coves. It's easy to go from cityscape to beautiful countryside in a short time, offering islanders the best of both worlds.
The Isle of Man is just over 33 miles long and has over 100 miles of coastline. Although the island is quite far north, the average annual number of sunny days is higher than in London due to its seaside location. The average population density is below 150 people per square kilometer, compared to England, where the figure is over 400 people per square kilometer.
The Isle of Man's rich history is represented by numerous national heritage sites across the island, including one of the best preserved medieval castles in the world, the largest working water wheel in the world, working farmers and a magnificent medieval fortress. There are several interesting museums including the Isle of Man Museum, which tells the history of the island, as well as the National Art Gallery and Mananna House, which explores Manx's rich Celtic, Viking and maritime past. The island is home to three historic railways, which attract visitors from all over the world and are a great way to explore the island.
The Isle of Man has a well-established education system with high standards of teaching and a strong interest in sport and culture. The content of the curriculum is largely drawn from the English National Curriculum, but also takes into account the unique geographical, cultural and historical characteristics of the island. Schools are free to teach creatively, and there is an obligation to teach music, art and design technology alongside the standard curriculum.
UNESCO Biosphere Region
In March 2016, the Isle of Man was awarded the status of a UNESCO World Biosphere Region. The island is the only jurisdiction in the world to be awarded the prestigious title, a testament to the island's population living alongside its diverse natural environment. This title promises beautiful scenery and views, as well as a wealth of marine life, birds and wildlife that can be seen on the island all year round. Local residents are proud of this status; they treat tourists kindly.