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Guernsey Country Guide

Explore Guernsey in Europe

Guernsey with the capital city St Peter Port is located in Europe (Western Europe, islands in the English Channel). It covers some 78 square kilometres (about one-half the size of Washington, DC) with 65,228 citizens.

Interactive map of Guernsey

The terrain features mostly level with low hills in southwest. The average density of population is approximately 836 per km². The notable climate conditions in Guernsey can be described as temperate with mild winters and cool summers with about 50% of days are overcast. Potential natural disasters are NA.

To reach someone in Guernsey dial +44-1481 prior to a number. There are 45,100 installed telephones. And there are 43,800 registered mobile phones. The cellular networks commonly support frequencies of 900/1800/3G MHz. Websites registered in this country end with the top level domain ".gg". If you want to bring electric equipment on your trip (e.g. laptop power supply), note the local power outlet of 230V - 50Hz.

About the flag and history of Guernsey

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White with the red cross of Saint George (patron saint of England) extending to the edges of the flag and a yellow equal-armed cross of William the Conqueror superimposed on the Saint George cross; the red cross represents the old ties with England and the fact that Guernsey is a British Crown dependency; the gold cross is a replica of the one used by Duke William of Normandy at the Battle of Hastings.

Guernsey and the other Channel Islands represent the last remnants of the medieval Dukedom of Normandy, which held sway in both France and England. The islands were the only British soil occupied by German troops in World War II. Guernsey is a British crown dependency but is not part of the UK or of the European Union. However, the UK Government is constitutionally responsible for its defense and international representation.

National administrative regions of Guernsey

Geography Quick-Facts

SummaryContinent: Europe
Capital: St Peter Port
Size78 square kilometers (km² or sqkm) or 30 square miles (mi² or sqmi)
about one-half the size of Washington, DC
CurrencyName Pound, Currency Code:GPD
Country Top Level Domain (cTLD).gg
Telephone Country Prefix+44-1481
Mobile Phone Connections43,800
Landline Phone Connections45,100

Country Position in World Rankings

Information about single country attributes and how these compare against the rest of the world. The information below is compiled with data from 2013. As such, it may differ a bit to the Information above in the text (which is from 2010).


Value nameValueWorld Rank
Area78 (sq km)228

People and Society

Value nameValueWorld Rank
Population65,605 204
Population growth rate0.38 (%)157
Birth rate9.95 (births/1,000 population)195
Death rate8.61 (deaths/1,000 population)76
Net migration rate2.50 (migrant(s)/1,000 population)35
Infant mortality rate3.49 (deaths/1,000 live births)209
Life expectancy at birth82.32 (years)7
Total fertility rate1.54 (children born/woman)185


Value nameValueWorld Rank
GDP (purchasing power parity)2,742,000,000 184
GDP - real growth rate3.00 (%)106
GDP - per capita (PPP)44,600 17
Labor force31,470 205
Unemployment rate0.90 (%)5
Taxes and other revenues20.60 (% of GDP)159
Budget surplus (+) or deficit (-)1.20 (% of GDP)28
Inflation rate (consumer prices)3.40 (%)91


Value nameValueWorld Rank
Telephones - main lines in use45,100 165
Telephones - mobile cellular43,800 202
Internet hosts239 197
Internet users48,300 175


Value nameValueWorld Rank
Airports2 200

Data based on CIA facts book 2010 & 2013, wikipedia, national statistical offices and their census releases

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