Renowned for its contribution to the world of finance, the Isle of Man is a major player in banking, as well as trust and corporate services, insurance and shipping. Its financial services professionals are also increasingly making a name for themselves in investment services and e-commerce.
The motto on the Coat of Arms translates literally as 'whithersoever you throw it, it will stand'.
The island has been recognised by the IMF as a well-regulated offshore finance centre of excellence, and its stable, low-tax environment attracts high-calibre professionals from around the world.
Its parliament, Tynwald, is more than 1,000 years old and legislates on all domestic matters. Other legislation, and in particular company and trust law, has been modelled on English law and is characterised by clear, flexible, modern regulation. The Isle of Man Financial Services Authority regulates the banking, investment and trust and corporate services sector.