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The Tynwald was founded by Vikings more than 1,000 years ago. It claimed to be the world’s longest continuous parliament.

The Isle of Man is not part of the UK but is a self-governing Crown dependency.

The head of state is the Lord of Mann, a role currently held by Queen Elizabeth II.

The top rate of income tax on the Isle of Man is 20 per cent.

The Isle is almost equidistant from England, Wales and Scotland. Scotland is the closest.

According to traditional superstition of the Isle of Man it is unlucky to utter the word “rat”. When necessary to refer to one, they call it a “longtail”.

From the summit of Snaefell, the island’s only mountain, you can see England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

The last native speaker of the Manx language was Ned Maddrell, who died in 1974. Since then, others have helped to revive the language.

A racehorse named Isle Of Man won the New Zealand Derby in 1981.

The tails of Manx cats range from a few inches, called “stumpy”, to nonexistent “rumpy”.

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