Is the Isle of Man a country? The short sharp answer to this is yes and no, but we will obviously delve more into this as part of our article.
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What is the story with the Isle of Man?
The Isle of Man is a Gaelic populated island between Ireland the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. About 70,000 people live here and like the Channel Islands is a tax haven.
Also like the Channel Islands it is NOT part of the UK, but a crown dependency.
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This means that they are self-governing, have their own passports, to extent their own currency and very much their own immigration law. They do not have a football team in FIFA, but do have their own league and compete in CONIFA, as well as the Island Games.
In essence it is quite like a country, although not fully?
Is the Isle of Man a country according to YPT?
YPT counts the Isle of Man as a country because it has its own currency (pegged to the pound), own passport (similar to the UK), and for all intents is completely self-governing. And while it is very similar to being in the UK, it is also very uniquely different.
We realize that this statement wicks butt-hurt a lot of people, particularly from the 193/195 club, but heck we do not care! A line has to be drawn and we ourselves feel confident in being the ones to make this line.
So, we’ve discussed if the Isle of Man is a country, but is it a very YPT country? In short no it is not and in actuality is a little bit dull as destinations go! Still we visited after TedFest and can now put it on our list of visited places.
You can read our list of what counts as a country here.