Your guide to being an expatriate in Guernsey

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Located in the English Channel, Guernsey is a small island nation with significant autonomy under British sovereignty. The island's strategic position has made it a prized possession throughout history, and its ancient castles and fortifications serve as a testament to this heritage. The natural beauty of the island's coastline and countryside attracts tourists from around the world, while the thriving finance industry and agricultural sector sustain the local population. In addition to its rich history and scenic landscapes, Guernsey's cultural heritage includes traditional music, dance, and festivals.


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Demographics of Guernsey:

Ethnic groups

91.2% white, 1.6% other, 0.7% mixed, 0.5% black, and 0.4% Asian (2016)


English (official)

Religion Overview

Guernsey's Christian heritage is strongly felt in its culture and daily life, with 70% of the population identifying as Roman Catholic.

Major Religions


Guernsey enjoys a mild maritime climate, with mild winters, cool summers, and abundant rainfall throughout the year.

Economy Overview

Guernsey's economy is primarily driven by finance, tourism, and agriculture. The island has a thriving finance sector that serves as a hub for offshore banking, investment, and trust services, with many global companies maintaining a presence here. Agriculture, including livestock farming and fruit production, is also significant, with the industry employing around 5% of the population.

Key Industries

  • Finance
  • Tourism
  • Agriculture

Major Companies

  • JTC Group
  • Walker Criналdo
  • RBC Wealth Management International
  • Sancus Finance
  • Intertrust

Culture and Language Overview

Guernsey's culture is deeply influenced by its English, Scottish, and Norman heritage, with traditional folk music, dance, and festivals an integral part of the island's identity. The island's current musical landscape is diverse, encompassing everything from classical and contemporary music to traditional folk and sea shanties.

Cultural Highlights

  • Isle of Man TT Races
  • St. Pirou Feast Day
  • Liberation Day
  • Guernsey International Literary Festival
  • Guernsey Lit Fest

Geography and Landmarks Overview

Guernsey's stunning coastline and countryside are punctuated by castles, churches, and other historical landmarks, testament to the island's rich heritage. Among its most famous attractions are Castle Cornet, D-Day Landing Beaches, and Saumarez Manor.

Notable Landmarks

  • Castle Cornet
  • Lihou Island
  • D-Day Landing Beaches
  • Saumarez Manor
  • Georges Village

National Holidays

  • New Year's Day (January 1)
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Sunday
  • Easter Monday
  • Spring Bank Holiday (late May)
  • St. Peter Port Liberation Day (9th May)
  • St. Pierre-du-Bois Liberation Day (27th July)
  • Battle of Britain Sunday
  • August Bank Holiday (late August or early September)
  • Autumn Bank Holiday (late October or early November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)
  • Boxing Day (December 26)

Political Stability

Guernsey is a self-governing British Crown dependency, which grants it significant political autonomy. The Islands' parliament, the States of Deliberation, is made up of thirty Deputy Members and seven Senators, with its legislative authority subject to approval by the Queen's Representative.

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