What Countries Belong to the Commonwealth?
As of 2014, there are 53 members in the Commonwealth of Nations, including Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. The voluntary political association is made up of independent and sovereign states, many of which are former British colonies or dependencies. Of the states that are members, there are three European states, 12 North American states, one South American state, 18 African states, eight Asian states and 11 states in Oceania.
The current members of the Commonwealth of Nations are Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Brunei, Cameroon, Canada, Cyprus, Dominica, Fiji, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Kingdom, Vanuatu and Zambia.
Former members of the Commonwealth include the Gambia, Ireland and Zimbabwe. Members that have been dissolved include Malaya, Newfoundland, Tanganyika and Zanzibar.
There are also three states that have applied for membership into the Commonwealth. These applicants are Somaliland, South Sudan and Suriname.
When the original Commonwealth was formed in 1931, the members included the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Ireland and Newfoundland. The Commonwealth as it is known today was established in 1949.