Isle of Man: Country and Foreign Investment
The Isle of Man is situated centrally in the Irish Sea and the British Isles. The Island spans 52 kilometres from north to south and 22 km from east to west at the widest point. The coastline, which covers 160 km in length encompasses an area of 572 sq. km. Even though the island is small, the scenery is varied. A range of hills stretch obliquely across the Island and in between lie well defined valleys. Sandy beaches meet the Island's flat northern plain which contrast markedly with the rocky cliffs and sheltered bays around the rest of the coastline. The fertile northern and southern plains are cultivated, comprising two thirds of the land mass.
The Island has a temperate climate due to the influence of the surrounding Irish Sea. Snowfall and frost are rare in winter. February is normally the coldest month, with an average daily temperature of 4.9 C and is often fairly dry but rather windy. April, May and June are the driest months whilst May, June and July are the sunniest. The average daily maximum temperature in the summer months is around 17.6 C and thunderstorms are rare.