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Member Countries of the Commonwealth

The Commonwealth was officially formed in 1931. Currently it is a voluntary association of 52 member countries, most of which were former British colonies or dependencies of those colonies. Use this data set to learn about the history of these countries.
a data set by WorldExplorer
created May 27, 2017
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FAMILY TREE
CountryFlagContinentStart of British RuleDate of Independence from the United KingdomDate of Joining the CommonwealthNote
Antigua and BarbudaNorth America1632November 1, 1981November 1, 1981
AustraliaOceania1788January 1, 1901December 11, 1931Removed final links with the British Parliament in 1986.
BahamasNorth America1718July 10, 1973July 10, 1973
BangladeshAsiaApril 18, 1972Declared independence from Pakistan in 1971 (recognized in 1974).
BarbadosNorth America1627November 30, 1966November 30, 1966
BelizeNorth America1786September 21, 1981September 21, 1981
BotswanaAfrica1885September 30, 1966September 30, 1966
BruneiAsia1888January 1, 1984January 1, 1984
CameroonAfricaNovember 13, 1995Gained independence from France on January 1, 1960; United with the much smaller former British territory of Southern Cameroons on October 1, 1961.
CanadaNorth America1763July 1, 1867December 11, 1931Removed final links with the British Parliament in 1982.
CyprusEurope1878August 16, 1960March 13, 1961Independence Day is commonly celebrated on October 1.
DominicaNorth America1763November 3, 1978November 3, 1978
FijiOceania1874October 10, 1970October 10, 1970
GhanaAfrica1874March 6, 1957March 6, 1957
GrenadaNorth America1763February 7, 1974February 7, 1974
GuyanaSouth America1796May 26, 1966May 26, 1966
IndiaAsia1612August 15, 1947August 15, 1947
JamaicaNorth America1655August 6, 1962August 6, 1962
KenyaAfrica1895December 12, 1963December 12, 1963
KiribatiOceania1892July 12, 1979July 12, 1979
LesothoAfrica1868October 4, 1966October 4, 1966
MalawiAfrica1891July 6, 1964July 6, 1964
MalaysiaAsia1867August 31, 1957August 31, 1957
MaltaEurope1814September 21, 1964September 21, 1964
MauritiusAfrica1810March 12, 1968March 12, 1968
MozambiqueAfricaNovember 13, 1995Gained independence from Portugal on June 26, 1975; The first country to be admitted to the Commonwealth without any former colonial or constitutional links with the United Kingdom.
NamibiaAfricaMarch 21, 1990Gained independence from South Africa on March 21, 1990.
NauruOceania1923January 31, 1968November 1, 1968Gained independence from joint trusteeship of Australia, New Zealand and United Kingdom on January 31, 1968.
New ZealandOceania1840September 26, 1907December 11, 1931Removed final links with the British Parliament in 1986.
NigeriaAfrica1885October 1, 1960October 1, 1960
PakistanAsia1612August 14, 1947August 14, 1947
Papua New GuineaOceaniaSeptember 16, 1975Gained independence from Australia on September 16, 1975.
RwandaAfricaNovember 29, 2009Gained independence from Belgium on July 1, 1962; The second country to be admitted to the Commonwealth without any former colonial or constitutional links with the United Kingdom.
Saint Kitts and NevisNorth America1713September 19, 1983September 19, 1983
Saint LuciaNorth America1814February 22, 1979February 22, 1979
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesNorth America1763October 27, 1979October 27, 1979
SamoaOceaniaAugust 28, 1970Gained independence from New Zealand on January 1, 1962.
SeychellesAfrica1794June 29, 1976June 29, 1976
Sierra LeoneAfrica1787April 27, 1961April 27, 1961
SingaporeAsia1826September 6, 1963 August 9, 1965Gained independence from the United Kingdom and joined federation of Malaysia on September 16, 1963; Became independent on August 9, 1965.
Solomon IslandsOceania1893July 7, 1978July 7, 1978
South AfricaAfrica1815December 11, 1910December 11, 1931
Sri LankaAsia1815February 4, 1948February 4, 1948Gained independence as the Dominion of Ceylon.
SwazilandAfrica1903September 6, 1968September 6, 1968
TanzaniaAfrica1919December 9, 1961December 9, 1961
TongaOceania1900June 4, 1970June 4, 1970
Trinidad and TobagoNorth America1802August 31, 1962August 31, 1962
TuvaluOceania1892October 1, 1978October 1, 1978
UgandaAfrica1894October 9, 1962October 9, 1962
United KingdomEuropeDecember 11, 1931
VanuatuOceania1906July 30, 1980July 30, 1980Gained independence from joint rule of France and United Kingdom on July 30, 1980.
ZambiaAfrica1889October 24, 1964October 24, 1964
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