Isle of Man: Country and Foreign Investment
This page was last updated on 11 January 2020.
The Isle of Man lies in the Irish Sea, between Wales, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, though it is closest to Scotland. The island spans 52 km (84 miles) from north to south and 22 km (35 miles) from east to west at the widest point. The Isle of Man has an area of 572km2 (221 sq. miles), including the Calf of Man and other small islands, and a total length of coastline of 160 km (100 miles). Though the island is small, there is varied scenery. 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 and comprise two thirds of the land mass.
As a small north Atlantic island, the Isle of Man has a temperate maritime climate. Snowfall and frost are rare in winter. February is normally the coldest month, with an average daily temperature of 5°C and is often fairly dry but rather windy. April, May and June are the driest months while May, June and July are the sunniest. The average daily maximum temperature in the summer months is around 18°C and thunderstorms are rare.