Located in the centre of the British Isles, in the Irish Sea, the Isle of Man is 33 miles (52 kilometres) long and 13 miles (22 kilometres) wide.
Financial and related services, manufacturing and tourism are key sectors of the island's economy. The Manx Government's policy of offering incentives to high-technology companies and financial institutions to locate on the Island has paid off in expanding employment opportunities in high-income industries. Finance now contributes about 35% to the Manx gross national product.
The Isle of Man also enjoys free access to European Union markets. The island's population is 84,497 (2011 census): approximately half being Manx born and the rest mainly British, although an increasingly varied mix of nationalities are moving here to work in both the financial and hospitality industries.