Isle of Man

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The Isle of Man is a British crown dependency, situated in the Irish Sea almost equidistant from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. With an area of 572 km2 (221 square miles) and a population of around 64,000 it has the "Oldest Continuous Parliament in the World" -- the Tynwald -- founded in 979.

It is a common misconception that it is part of the United Kingdom; but under British law it is not, though the United Kingdom is responsible for its external affairs.

From the CIA World Factbook 2000. Not Wikified.