Guernsey is situated in the English Channel, 30 miles west of the French Normandy coast and 75 miles south of Weymouth in England. The island is approximately 24 sq. miles (63 sq. kilometres) and the population stands at just over 60,000. The Bailiwick includes several other islands - Sark, Herm, Alderney and Jethou. The island of Guernsey is divided into 10 parishes, which retain an administrative significance relating to the way the island is governed as well as their normal ecclesiastical function.