Guernsey
in Northern Europe
Europe

National active POI
Location Summary
Currency and Currency Code:
Pound - GPD
Spoken languages:
English, French
Local electricity:
230 V - 50 Hz (plugs: C, G)
Mobile phone / cellular frequencies (MHz):
900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 3G, 4G
ISO 2-Letter code:
GG
Internet top level domain:
.gg
Country phone prefix:
+44-1481
Local Time (capital):
Timezone:
UTC/GMT offset: hours

Explore Guernsey

Guernsey with its capital is located in Europe (Western Europe, islands in the English Channel). It covers some 79 square kilometers (about one-half the size of Washington, DC) with 66,502 citizens. English and French are the languages commonly used by the people in Guernsey. This country shares no land borders with another country.

Guernsey is a group of islands in the English Channel, part of the Channel Islands. There are no trains on the island; roads are small but not busy. The island is 6 miles long x 3 miles wide, so a bicycle is a good way to get around. Alternately there are hire cars available, taxis and a frequent bus service during the day. The other Channel Islands can all be reached by ferry from St Peter Port. Jersey and Alderney can also be reached by plane.

Impressions from the Channel Islander capital

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Popular Destinations in Guernsey

Administrative regions of Guernsey

About the country

Website: Guernsey Tourism

PO Box 23
St Peter Port
Guernsey
Channel Islands
GY1 3AN

Phone: +44 1481 723552
Fax: +44 1481 721246
Mail: enquiries@guernseytouristboard.com

The landscape is mostly flat with low hills in southwest. The average density of population is about 853 per km². The climate in Guernsey can be described as temperate with mild winters and cool summers with about 50% of days are overcast. Potential threats by nature are very large tidal variation and fast currents can make local waters dangerous.

To reach someone Guernsey dial +44-1481 prior to a number. The local cellular networks are operated on 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 3G, 4G. Websites typically end with the top level domain ".gg". If you want to bring electric appliances (e.g. battery chaarger), keep in min the local 230 V - 50 Hz (plugs: C, G). The sign for the locally used currency Pound is GPD.

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; the red cross represents the old ties with England and the fact that Guernsey is a British Crown dependency; the gold cross is a replica of the one used by Duke William of Normandy at the Battle of Hastings.

Flag of Guernsey

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. The Bailiwick of Guernsey is a British crown dependency but is not part of the UK or of the EU. However, the UK Government is constitutionally responsible for its defense and international representation. The Bailiwick of Guernsey consists of the main island of Guernsey and a number of smaller islands including Alderney, Sark, Herm, Jethou, Brecqhou, and Lihou.

Geography

Area
Total (World Rank: 223) 78sq km
Land (World Rank: 221) 78sq km
Comparative about one-half the size of Washington, DC
Note includes Alderney, Guernsey, Herm, Sark, and some other smaller islands
Coastline
50
Elevation
Highest point (World Rank: 220) 114m
Map reference
Europe
Environment
Issues
  • - coastal erosion
  • - coastal flooding
  • - declining biodiversity due to land abandonment and succession to scrub or woodland
Hazzards very large tidal variation and fast currents can make local waters dangerous
Location
Western Europe, islands in the English Channel, northwest of France
Climate
temperate with mild winters and cool summers; about 50% of days are overcast
Terrain
mostly flat with low hills in southwest

People

Population
Total (World Rank: 202) 66,502
Deathrate (World Rank: 65) 0.90%
Birthrate (World Rank: 193) 0.98%
Growthrate (World Rank: 168) 0.30%
Migration rate (World Rank: 43) 0.22%
Fertility rate (World Rank: 186) 1.56%
Median age
Male (World Rank: 15) 42.30
Female (World Rank: 17) 44.80
Age structure
0 14 male (World Rank: 209) 4,984
0 14 female (World Rank: 209) 4,665
15 24 male (World Rank: 205) 3,780
15 24 female (World Rank: 208) 3,620
25 54 male (World Rank: 202) 13,995
25 54 female (World Rank: 201) 13,719
55 64 male (World Rank: 195) 4,332
55 64 female (World Rank: 197) 4,387
65 x male (World Rank: 189) 5,929
65 x female (World Rank: 189) 7,091
Health
Infant mortality rate (World Rank: 201) 0.34%
Life expectancy total (World Rank: 12) 83years
Life expectancy female (World Rank: 9) 85years
Life expectancy male (World Rank: 12) 80years

Economy

Gdp
Purchasing power parity (World Rank: 181) 3,465,000,000USD
Real growth rate (World Rank: 181) 0.40%
Per capita purchasing power parity (World Rank: 21) 52,500USD
Source agriculture (World Rank: 150) 3.00%
Source industry (World Rank: 203) 10.00%
Source service (World Rank: 14) 87.00%
Labourforce
Total (World Rank: 201) 31,470
Products
Industries
  • - banking
  • - tourism
Agriculture
  • - eggplant
  • - fruit
  • - greenhouse flowers
  • - Guernsey cattle
  • - sweet peppers
  • - tomatoes
Exports
  • - eggplant
  • - ferns
  • - flowers
  • - other vegetables
  • - sweet peppers
  • - tomatoes
Imports
  • - coal
  • - equipment
  • - gasoline
  • - machinery
  • - oil

Nation

Budget
Surplus (World Rank: 20) 1% of GDP
National symbol
Guernsey cow
National colours
yellow
Adjective
Channel Islander
Noun
Channel Islander(s)
Background
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. The Bailiwick of Guernsey is a British crown dependency but is not part of the UK or of the EU. However, the UK Government is constitutionally responsible for its defense and international representation. The Bailiwick of Guernsey consists of the main island of Guernsey and a number of smaller islands including Alderney, Sark, Herm, Jethou, Brecqhou, and Lihou.
Flag description
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; the red cross represents the old ties with England and the fact that Guernsey is a British Crown dependency; the gold cross is a replica of the one used by Duke William of Normandy at the Battle of Hastings

Communication

Phone
Landline total (World Rank: 161) 36,547
Landline per 100 (World Rank: 6) 60.00
Mobile per 100 (World Rank: 97) 113.00
Internet
Users (World Rank: 188) 55,050
Population (World Rank: 36) 83.30%

Transport

Air
Airports paved (World Rank: 174) 2.00