Jersey is self-governing and has it own financial and legal systems and its own courts of law. The States Assembly is made up of 53 elected members. Jersey is a British Crown Dependency and is defended and internationally represented by the UK government. Today, the Lieutenant-Governor of Jersey is the personal representative of Her Majesty the Queen on the Island.
Jersey's government also issues its own internationally-recognised driving licences and is responsible for its own vehicle registration. Jersey has its own unique number plate sequence - number plates all start with the letter J. The Island also has its own postal and telecommunications services.
Jersey sits in the Bay of St Malo - just 19 miles (or 30.5 km) from the French coast and 85 miles (137 km) south of the English coast. Jersey is the biggest of the Channel Islands.
Guernsey is part of the southernmost archipelago in the British Isles sitting in the Bay of St Malo, a little under 30 miles from the French coast. As a result Guernsey has a milder climate then the UK and enjoys more sunshine hours each year, making for a very popular tourist destination.
This allows for an outdoor-based lifestyle that makes maximum use of the natural surroundings. It also means that a number of plants and flowers, that couldn't survive in Britain, are able to thrive in Guernsey. The Island rarely sees frost and snow is somewhat of a rarity.
Guernsey also has its own stamps and currency and while British currency can be used on the island, Guernsey pounds cannot be used in the UK.
Due to over-crowding in tourist resorts such as the Mediterranean coast and the ski resorts the school holiday dates in France are staggered by dividing the country into three zones.
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