HM Queen Elizabeth II, represented locally by Lieutenant-Governor Vice-Admiral Sir Fabian Malbon since 2005.
Head of government:
Chief Minister Lyndon Trott since May 2008.
240 volts AC, 50Hz. Three-pin plugs in use.
Lush botanical gardens, alluring hidden coves, and glorious sunsets over the Atlantic Ocean give the Chanel Island of Guernsey a distinctly subtropical feel. Sitting just 45km (28 miles) from France, this little isle also has a Gallic air, with French street names, exquisite culinary flare and the ease with which many people speak both English and French giving the island a romantic quality.
Families have been drawn to Guernsey for generations, enjoying a holiday destination where kids can roam free while parents relax with a book on the beach. The pace of life is certainly more relaxed than mainland Britain, so take your time, wander the coastline, enjoy a round of golf and stroll the streets of the island's pretty capital, St Peter Port.