The offshore financial centre of Jersey is the most southerly of the Channel Islands and at 9 miles by 5 it is also the largest. Islanders are full British citizens and therefore also European citizens although the Channel Islands are not part of the European Union. Jersey is a British Crown Dependency with allegiance to the British Monarch but not to the British government.
Financial companies line the streets of Jersey’s historic capital St Helier and it is this vibrant offshore banking industry that contributes most to Jersey’s GDP, well ahead of tourism and agriculture. The island has 15 miles of gorgeous beaches, beautiful countryside and an active outdoors lifestyle but its main fame is as a stable banking model for over half a century.
Jersey is divided into 12 parishes with great variety in landscape. St Ouen has the surfer’s favourite Five Mile Beach and with St Peter on the west coast has scenery reminiscent of Cornwall while Grouville in the east is home to the Royal Jersey Golf Course. Families often choose St Saviour in the east with its proximity to schooling. Along with St Helier these provide property choices from modern apartments to detached waterfront homes and substantial estates.
British, European and Swiss nationals, some Commonwealth citizens and anyone with the right to live in the UK can reside on Jersey. Everyone else must have a work permit or apply for permission. There are four residency categories, one of which demands that people not born on the island live there continuously for ten years before they can buy property.