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The Commonwealth:

 
 

The Commonwealth (originally British Commonwealth of nations) is an association of 53 countries. It is mainly composed of members of all Britain’s former colonies and dependencies that have attained independence and these countries formed a group known as “The Commonwealth”. The British monarch is symbolic head of the Commonwealth.

The members of the Commonwealth are as follows:

S. No.

Country

Year of joining

1.     

Antigua and Barbuda

1981

2.     

Australia

1931

3.     

The Bahamas

1973

4.     

Bangladesh

1972

5.     

Barbados

1966

6.     

Belize

1981

7.     

Botswana

1966

8.     

Brunei Darussalam

1984

9.     

Cameroon

1995

10.  

Canada

1931

11.  

Cyprus

1961

12.  

Dominica

1978

13.  

Fiji Islands

1997

14.  

The Gambia

1965

15.  

Ghana

1957

16.  

Grenada

1974

17.  

Guyana

1966

18.  

India

1947

19.  

Jamaica

1962

20.  

Kenya

1963

21.  

Kiribati

1979

22.  

Lesotho

1966

23.  

Malawi

1964

24.  

Malaysia

1957

25.  

The Maldives

1982

26.  

Malta

1964

27.  

Mauritius

1968

28.  

Mozambique

1995

29.  

Namibia

1990

30.  

Nauru

1968

31.  

New Zealand

1931

32.  

Nigeria

1960

33.  

Pakistan

1947

34.  

Papua New Guinea

1975

35.  

St. Kitts and Nevis

1983

36.  

St. Lucia

1979

37.  

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

1979

38.  

Samoa

1970

39.  

Seychelles

1976

40.  

Sierra Leone

1961

41.  

Singapore

1965

42.  

Solomon Islands

1978

43.  

South Africa

1931

44.  

Sri Lanka

1948

45.  

Swaziland

1968

46.  

Tanzania

1961

47.  

Tonga

1970

48.  

Trinidad and Tobago

1962

49.  

Tuvalu

1978

50.  

United Kingdom

 

51.  

Uganda

1962

52.  

Vanuatu

1980

53.  

Zambia

1964

 

*Zimbabwe which was suspended in 2002 for rigging elections could not get its membership renewed.

 

 

 
   

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