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Guernsey, Channel Islands

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. Guernsey is a British crown dependency, but is not part of the UK. However, the UK Government is constitutionally responsible for its defense and international representation.

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 COUNTRY OVERVIEW
Country Name: Guernsey
Continent: Europe
Capital City: St. Peter Port
Boundary Countries: No land Boundaries
Recommended Hospitals in Capital:
Main Cities: St.Peter, St. Sampson
Country Size: 78 sq km
Population: 65,573

 

COUNTRY GENERAL INFORMATION
Language:

English, French, Norman-French dialect spoken in country districts

Currency: British pound (GBP); note: there is also a Guernsey pound
Predominant Religions:

Anglican, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Baptist, Congregational, Methodist

National Holidays: Liberation Day, 9 MAy (1945)
Economic Status:

Financial services - banking, fund management, insurance - account for about 23% of employment and 32% of total income in this tiny, prosperous Channel Island economy. The evolving economic integration of the EU nations is changing the environment under which Guernsey operates.

Security:

Defence the responsibility of the UK

US Presence:

None (British crown dependancy)

Document Requirements:
Major Airports:

Airports: 2, Airports w/paved runways:2

Servicing Airlines:
Risks and Precautions:

The United Kingdom is politically stable, with a modern infrastructure, but shares with the rest of the world an increased threat of terrorist incidents of international origin, as well as the potential for occasional and isolated violence related to the political situation in Northern Ireland (a part of the United Kingdom).

Mortality Statistics:

Infant MR total:  4.59 deaths/1,000 live births

Life expectancy at birth:  TOTAL 80.53 years

               (male 77.53/female 83.64)

Immunization Indicators:

Required :None

Recommended: Hep A & B, Boosters:DPT

Infectious Disease Concerns:

To prevent tickborne encephalitis, as well as Lyme disease, travelers should take precautions to prevent tick bites (see below). Legionnaries disease, caused by the Legionella bacterium, is sporadic; some outbreaks have involved tourists at resort hotels.

Overall Quality of Medical Services:

While medical services are widely available, free care under the National Health System is allowed only to UK residents and certain EU nationals. Tourists and short-term visitors can expect charges that may be significantly higher than those assessed in the United States.

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Direct Payment: 0
Referrals: 0
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Recent Medical Threats/ Concerns/Warnings:

In 2004-2005 there has been a marked increase in reported cases of mumps in the United Kingdom.

Communications Info:

Country Calling Code:  +44 + 1481    Internet Country Code:  .gg

 



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