Introduction to Guernsey
Guernsey is a small island located approximately 30 miles off the coast of France forming part of the Channel Islands. The Bailiwick of Guernsey, which includes Herm, Sark and Alderney is a dependency of the British Crown and separate jurisdiction from the United Kingdom with its own elected legislative assembly, the States of Deliberation (plus elected assemblies in Alderney and Sark) and its own court systems.
The offshore finance industry, and those service industries supporting it, account for a significant proportion of the total local economy, with tourism, agriculture and the fulfilment industry also playing a part. Despite the significant presence of the finance industry, the island of Guernsey has managed to maintain its relaxed lifestyle and Anglo-French charm.