Alderney is the most northern of the Channel Islands. The Channel Islands are an archipelago of British Crown dependencies, situated in the English Channel. Alderney is under the charge of a bailiff, and is said to be part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey. As such Guernsey is responsible for providing Alderney with health, education and other public services. The parliament and legislature of Alderney is the “States of Alderney” which is a 10 member body with the president as the head figure. Though the island is a crown dependent, it is relatively self governing, and has an unceremonious degree of independence.
Alderney is the third largest island of the Channel Islands, approximately 3 miles long and 1.5 miles wide covering an area of about 3 square miles. Alderney has a population of just over 2500. The quaint and cobbled town of St. Anne, is the main town in Alderney where most of the island’s main attractions are congregated. Boutiques, pubs, bars, restaurants and local entertainment spots are all centralized around St. Anne, or “town”.
The climate in Alderney is temperate, with warm summers. The island has a cliffy and rugged coastline, though there are some spectacular sandy beaches and dunes. The incredibly diverse habitat is home to variety of flora, fauna and animals. Alderney has over 275 bird varieties, a large hedge hog population and over 400 types of moths.
The leisure interest of visitors is well catered for, with a wide range of attractions found on Alderney. There’s the historic St. Anne’s Church, the islands “lighthouse”, the museum of Alderney, the ancient railway that tours through the scenic island, couple those activities with a busy list of daily, weekly and annual festive events, the most important of which is the notorious and well popularized Alderney Week. The small island even has a well kept and very scenic 9-hole golf course.
Alderney does have an airport and seaport which serves visitors and local, with regular daily and weekly schedules, and the airport has flights via Jersey and Guernsey. There are several privately owned hotels and guest houses and other charming types of accommodation on Alderney. But there is an even wider selection of restaurants, which cater to the moderate influx of tourist and visitors to Alderney.
Despite its size the island is an offshore financial center, with an expanding finance industry. Alderney is not a member of the European Union and as a result has a tax advantage. Companies incorporated in Alderney, but doing business outside of Alderney pay no taxes, and individuals pay a low tax of 20%.
Alderney is a laid back charming island. A rich historical background, promising future with an economy driven by tourism and a strong business/finance sector.