Jersey's history and culture has resulted in a cosmopolitan and sophisticated community, open to every challenge and opportunity.
The jurisdiction's main language is English. However, due to Jersey’s cosmopolitan nature, most European languages are spoken and can be used for business transactions.
Jersey is divided into 12 parishes, each with its own sea coast. Each parish is presided over by the elected head of parish, the Connétable, on issues relating to civil matters and by the Rector on issues relating to ecclesiastical affairs.
The British pound (£) and Jersey pound (valued 1:1) form its retail currency, with all major currencies accepted for financial transactions.
Jersey’s status as a Crown Dependency gives the jurisdiction constitutional rights of self-government and judicial independence. This offers both businesses and investors the benefits of an independent international finance centre which is close to the United Kingdom and mainland Europe.
Education is of paramount importance to Jersey's Government, the States of Jersey, both for the children of the Island and for the adult population.
A large proportion of Jersey's working population are professionally trained and work in the finance and support industries. The availability of internationally recognised accountancy and legal experts ensures smooth and professional handling of any business transacted within the Island.
Encouraging best use of technology in all aspects of life, e-business initiatives are actively being encouraged by the States. The burgeoning e-business industry is also providing quality support for the dynamic needs of the finance industry.
Business communication links to the Island are exemplary, with high standards of international telecommunications, information technology, postal and courier services. All major digital telephony, including Internet networks and services, can be accessed in a secure, resilient and protected environment.