Skip to content

Understanding Guernsey’s economy




How well do you understand Guernsey’s economy?  Yes, you read about it all the time but would you feel comfortable explaining where our island’s income comes from, and what it gets spent on?

The WEA ‘Economic Viewpoints of Guernsey’ Community Course is a great chance to improve your knowledge. After a full briefing on the island’s economy, income streams and running cost, the course will tackle three major economic factors to hit Guernsey since World War II. The guest speakers are senior civil servants who nurture our economy every day, plus experienced business professionals.

There are eight weekly sessions on Tuesday evenings, starting on 26th January 2021. You don’t have to go to all of them, you can pick the ones most relevant to you.


Cost: £50 for all eight sessions or £10 per individual session. Book here.

Venue: La Villette Hotel

Full details here.


Miriam Makeba - South Africa

Nominated by: Christine James

Zenzile Miriam Makeba (1932 to 2008), nicknamed Mama Africa, was a South African singer, songwriter, actress, United Nations goodwill ambassador, and civil rights activist. Associated with musical genres including Afropop, jazz, and world music, she was an advocate against apartheid and white-minority government in South Africa. In 2020 she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 women of the century. 

South Africa is ranked 12th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 45.8% (source: 

Are you from South Africa? Please email if there is a social or cultural group for people from South Africa in Guernsey.

Want to learn more about public office vacancies in Guernsey? 

Sign up to our newsletter 

The original image “The Hague Jazz 2008 – Miriam Makeba” by Haags Uitburo is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. 


Jacinda Ardern - New Zealand

Nominated by: Martin Lock

Jacinda Ardern (born 1980) has served as prime minister of New Zealand and leader of the Labour Party since 2017. In 2019, she led the country through the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque shootings, rapidly introducing strict gun laws in response, and throughout 2020 she directed the country’s widely praised response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ardern was the world’s second elected head of government to give birth in office when her daughter was born in 2018. ‘An inspiring Prime Minister who brought a nation together with true leadership, empathy and compassion.’

New Zealand is ranked 4th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 48.3% (source: 

Other iconic women: Dame Whina Cooper, nominated by Claire Fisher, and Kate Sheppard, nominated by Anna Cooper.

Are you from New Zealand? You may be interested in joining the ANZACs in Guernsey Facebook group

Want to learn more about public office vacancies in Guernsey? 

Sign up to our newsletter