British Crown Dependencies

Alternate Flag of Normandy Flag of the Isle of Man
Location of the of the British Crown Dependencies

The British Crown Dependencies are five self-governing states in Europe, under British sovereignty. The Isle of Man was part of the Norwegian Kingdom of the Hebrides until the 13th century when it was ceded to Scotland, the isle came under the British crown in 1765. Current concerns include reviving the almost extinct Manx Gaelic language. Guernsey, Jersey and the other Channel Islands represent the last remnants of the medieval Dukedom of Normandy that held sway in both France and England. These islands were the only British soil occupied by German troops in World War II. The British crown dependencies are not part of the United Kingdom or of the European Union. However, the Government of the United Kingdom remains constitutionally responsible for its defense and international representation.[1][2][3]

The islands of Alderney and Sark have the status of dependencies within the Bailiwick of Guernsey.

British Crown Dependencies

  • Flag of the Isle of Man British Crown Dependencies: Isle of Man (From 1765)

Channel Islands

Neighbouring Nations


  1. The CIA World Factbook:Isle of Man
  2. The CIA World Factbook:Guernsey
  3. The CIA World Factbook:Jersey