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Basic facts
The country 
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Capital: Saint Helier
Area: 116 sq km
Population: 88,915 (2000 Estimate)


Exports: light industrial and electrical goods, foodstuffs, textiles

Industry: tourism, banking and finance, dairy

Agriculture: potatoes, cauliflower, tomatoes, beef, dairy products

Currency: 1 Jersey pound, consisting of 100 pence

Natural resources: arable land


The people

Ethnic: UK and Norman-French descent

Language: English (official), French (official), Norman-French dialect spoken in country districts

Religion: Anglican, Roman Catholic, Baptist, Congregational New Church, Methodist, Presbyterian


The history


Government: Jersey is a dependency of the Crown and owes allegiance to the sovereign, but it is not incorporated into the UK. Jersey is self-governing in internal matters, but the UK government is responsible for defence, overseas representation and international affairs. Jersey’s government is carried out by committees and these are made up of 53 elected independent members.

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