Jersey is the largest and most southerly of the Channel Islands with a population of around 105,000. It is 85 miles off the south coast of England and 14 miles from the northwest coast of France. Jersey is an open, international and outward looking Island community that has forged deep and long-lasting ties and friendships with many nations around the world. It has a proud reputation as a world-class international finance centre, a popular tourist destination, a hub of digital creativity and producer of high quality agricultural products.
Jersey, along with Guernsey and the Isle of Man, is a British Crown Dependency and has held this status since 1204. This means that the UK Government is responsible for Jersey’s defence and some international affairs but for all domestic political and fiscal affairs else Jersey is autonomous. The Island is governed by the States Assembly which is led by the Chief Minister, who is currently John le Fondré. The Government of Jersey’s London Office supports ministers and all States departments in their interactions with the UK government, parliamentarians, the diplomatic and business communities and wider UK society. We play an important role in making sure Jersey’s position is understood by decision-makers and commentators throughout the UK, defending the island’s interests, assisting colleagues to attract visitors and inward investment to the island, being a point of contact for the Jersey community in the UK.