Channel Isles

The Channel Islands are a group of British-dependent islands off the coast of Normandy, France, in the English Channel. They comprise two separate countries: the bailiwick of Guernsey and the bailiwick of Jersey, and have a total population of about 160,000.

The inhabited islands of the Channel Isles are Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Sark, Herm (the main islands); Jethou, Brecqhou (Brechou), and Lihou. All of these except Jersey are in the Bailiwick of Guernsey, but the Minquiers and Ecréhous as well as the Les Dirouilles and Les Pierres de Lecq (the Paternosters), uninhabited groups of islets, are part of the Bailiwick of Jersey. Burhou and Les Casquets lie off Alderney. As a general rule, the larger islands have the -ey suffix, and the smaller ones have the -hou suffix; this is believed to be from the Old Norse "ey" and "holmr" respectively.

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