The Isle of Man is located in the Irish Sea.
The local language is Manx. The island is called ‘Ellan Vannin’ – Ellan means island.
In addition to farming, the island’s economy thrives on the provision of financial services across the UK.
The flag’s symbol is the ‘three legs of man’, which resembles three legs conjoined at the hip.
The Manx cat has a very short or no tail, the result of a genetic mutation. The tail can grow to a few inches, when it’s called stumpy, and a no-tailer is known as a rumpy.
Rugby, football, bowling, cycling and cricket are popular. Islanders also enjoy water sports.
The Isle of Man has competed in every Commonwealth Games since its first appearance at the Cardiff 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games.
In 1958 Stuart Slack won Bronze in the Men’s 120 mile Road Race. The same discipline provided the island with its first Gold at Kingston 1966, where Peter Buckley was the hero. At Melbourne 2006, Mark Cavendish took home Gold in the Men's Scratch Race.
At the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games, the Isle of Man won Bronze in Cycling and Shooting.
The island hosted the fourth Commonwealth Youth Games in 2011, where 63 nations took part in seven sports and 112 events.
Fun fact: Stories from the Isle of Man tell tales of mythical creatures, and the island is said to be the home of fairies. When you cross the Fairy Bridge, it brings bad luck not to wish the fairies good morning, good afternoon or good night.
Sport fact: The sporting highlight of the year is the Isle of Man TT – an international road race event for motorcycles. It takes place over two weeks and attracts many visitors.