The Commonwealth (official title: Commonwealth of Nations) is an organization made up of many nations, most of which were once territories or colonies of the British Empire. The Commonwealth is not a political union, but more a loose association of countries with common values and goals. The organization carries out regular projects and meetings, and the best known event is the Commonwealth Games (a sporting event open to all nations of the Commonwealth). The Head of the Commonwealth is the British monarch (currently Queen Elizabeth II). Let’s find out how many nations are a part of the Commonwealth.
How many countries are in the Commonwealth?
The Commonwealth of Nations is made up of nations with historical links to Britain, although there are some nations with historical links that are not part of the organization. The following is a list of all of the nations that belong to the Commonwealth:
- Antigua and Barbuda
- New Zealand
- Papua New Guinea
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- Sierra Leone
- Solomon Island
- South Africa
- Sri Lanka
- Trinidad and Tobago
- United Kingdom
Some countries were former members of the Commonwealth, but withdrew from the organization. This is a list of former countries of the Commonwealth
- Gambia – withdrew in 2013
- Ireland – withdrew in 1949 after succeeding from the United Kingdom
- Zimbabwe – Suspended in 2002 and withdrew in 2003
The following is an interactive chart showing all current and former Commonwealth nations:
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There are also three current applications for membership from Somaliland, South Sudan and Suriname.