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The States of Jersey is a British Crown dependency off the coast of Normandy, France.
As well as the main island of Jersey, the states includes the nearly uninhabited islands of the Minquiers, Écréhous, the Pierres de Lecq and other rocks and reefs.
Historically, the islands have been under the control of Brittany, Normandy and France. The government, the Assembly of the States of Jersey, came into existence in the 16th century but its origins go back to much earlier times.
The capital is St. Helier. In 2007 the population of Jersey was an estimated 91,321.
Jersey is divided into twelve parishes. All have access to the sea and are named after the saints to whom their ancient parish churches are dedicated:
These parishes are further divided into vingtaines (or, in the case of St. Ouen, cueillettes).
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