56 Commonwealth Countries: Is the Commonwealth Still Relevant?

Are you wondering what are the Commonwealth Countries? Is the Commonwealth still relevant? Since the 2022 Commonwealth Games were held in Birmingham, UK (where I live), I reckon it is only right that I should share with your what is the British Commonwealth, what it does mean and its importance, who are the member nations and the games

As a British, having the Commonwealth countries are an integral part of the cultural identity of our nation in general. We take pride and celebrate with member nations as part of the bigger and united Commonwealth countries.

Is the Commonwealth still relevant?

Yes, the Commonwealth is still relevant in today’s times. Its core principle is to promote peace and prosperity among its member countries useful now as they have been since the association’s inception.

The relevance of the Commonwealth countries as an association still proves to be true even after 73 years of existence. Its 56 equal member states get to foster friendship and fair play through the Commonwealth Games. The smaller states have an international platform where their voices are heard. Political and social issues are addressed and solutions are shared within the tight community.

Learn more about the Commonwealth countries by digging through its history, what it means to be a Commonwealth Realm and what the Commonwealth does as an association. Read about each member country’s profiles to learn a fact or two about each nation.

The Commonwealth History

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The Commonwealth of Nations

The Commonwealth of Nations is a voluntary association of independent sovereign states. It was founded in 1949, with former British colonies joining and becoming member countries with equal status. 

The Commonwealth was once the British Commonwealth of Nations as members were once required to recognize the reigning British Monarch as their Head of State. Today, this is no longer a requirement, although the Monarch is to be recognized as the Head of the Commonwealth.

The core beliefs of the Commonwealth, as stated in the 1971 Singapore Declaration, include “equal rights for all regardless of race, colour, creed or political belief, the association’s commitment to democratic self-determination and non-racialism, world peace and an end to gross inequity, and its commitment to practice international cooperation in pursuit of these goals.”

– Commonwealth Secretariat

This year in 2022, The Commonwealth welcomed two more countries with no historical ties to the British Empire to become members. Gabon and Togo join Rwanda and Mozambique in having this unique description.

Which countries do the Monarch of England rule?

Queen Elizabeth II Buckingham Palace in London
Commonwealth Countries: Queen Elizabeth II and the Buckingham Palace

The Monarch of England is the ruler of every Commonwealth Realm. From 1952 until 08 September 2022, the Monarch of England has been Queen Elizabeth II. Since HM Queen Elizabeth’s passing the new head of the Commonwealth is HM King Charles III.

There are a total of 16 Commonwealth Realms in the world, all of them part of the Commonwealth.

The 16 Commonwealth Realms

A Commonwealth Realm is an independent sovereign state in the Commonwealth that has The Queen as its Monarch and head of state. The United Kingdom and14 Commonwealth Realms are:

  1. Antigua and Barbuda
  2. Australia
  3. The Bahamas
  4. Belize
  5. Canada
  6. Grenada
  7. Jamaica
  8. New Zealand
  9. Papua New Guinea
  10. Saint Kitts and Nevis
  11. Saint Lucia
  12. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  13. The Solomon Islands
  14. Tuvalu
  15. The United Kingdom

In addition, the Monarch of England is also the head of state for the British Territories and Crown Dependencies. I wrote an article explaining, Difference Between Crown Dependency and British Overseas Territory. I encourage you to read it.

If you wanted to be inspired by the wisdom of the longest-serving Monarch of the United Kingdom, you can read the Collection of Queen Elizabeth II Famous Quotes.

What does the Commonwealth do?

The Commonwealth is often regarded as a “family of nations.” The following are some of the many things that the Commonwealth aims to provide for its members:

  • Environmental protection
  • Trade and economic support
  • Youth Assistance
  • Small state support

Every two years, the Commonwealth countries’ leaders meet for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM.) Before this biennial assembly is held, special forums are organised to tackle specific topics with concerned groups in order for their stands to have proper representation in the meeting.

Why is the US not in the Commonwealth?

The US is not in the Commonwealth because it did not choose to join the international organisation.

Can America join the Commonwealth? Yes, the US is eligible to join the Commonwealth if it wants to. It was a colony of the UK sometime during the 16th century up until it declared its independence in 1776. This was one major requisite for being part of the Commonwealth before, but today any country may apply to become a member of the Commonwealth. 

What is the Commonwealth Games?

The Commonwealth Games is a gathering of athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations in order to compete in different sports. The core values of humanity, equality and destiny are embedded in each program, fostering camaraderie and fair play among participating nations. This is why the Commonwealth Games is regarded by many as the Friendly Games.

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Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, UK 2022

This event happens every four years, the most recent one happening last 28 July to 8, 2022 in Birmingham. This year’s 22nd Commonwealth Games proved to be the largest, garnering the participation of 72 nations and ticket sales that went past 1.3 million.

The history of the Commonwealth Games goes back to 1930 when it was first regarded as the British Empire Games. This quadrennial event skipped the years 1942 and 1946 because of World War II. The next Commonwealth Games, happening in 2026, will be hosted by the State of Victoria in Australia.

The list of The Commonwealth Countries:

Antigua and Barbuda

Independence Day: November 1

Joined the Commonwealth: 1981

Location: North America

Antigua and Barbuda are three islands located in the Eastern Caribbean. Its capital city is Saint John’s. Known by the nickname “Land of 365 Beaches,” this tropical country is most celebrated for its pink and white shores, bountiful coral reefs and diverse wildlife. 

Australia

Independence Day: January 26

Joined the Commonwealth: 1931

Location: Australia

Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is the sixth largest country in the world but at the same time the smallest continent of them all. Canberra is the federal capital of Australia. This country is most known for the moniker “The Last Frontier” simply because it was the last continent that was explored by Europe.

The Bahamas

Independence Day: July 10

Joined the Commonwealth: 1973

Location: North America

The Bahamas is a tropical archipelago comprising 700 islands. Nassau, which was formerly Charles Towne, is the country’s capital. The Bahamas is described by NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly as “The Most Beautiful Place from Space” – no wonder its islands are considered as some of the best vacation spots in the world.

Bangladesh

Independence Day: March 26

Joined the Commonwealth: 1972

Location: Asia

Bangladesh is a low-lying and densely populated country located in southern Asia. Its name directly translates to “The Land of Bengal.” Formerly, it was called East Pakistan. Dhaka is the capital of Bangladesh. The UK-Bangladesh relations go way back in 1971 when the former supported the latter during the Liberation War. 

Barbados

Independence Day: November 30

Joined the Commonwealth: 1966

Location: North America

Barbados is a populous island in the Caribbean which is shaped by two distinct heritages – English and African. Bridgetown is the capital and largest city in Barbados. The country has a tropical climate that features very warm weather all year round. Barbados is called Little England because it resembles a piece of England, surrounded by warm seas and sunny beaches.

Belize

Independence Day: September 21

Joined the Commonwealth: 1981

Location: North America

Belize is a country in America bordered by Guatemala and Mexico. Its capital is Belmopan and its official language is English, but Spanish seems to be more popular as the first language for children. UNESCO has called it “one of the most bio-diverse countries on earth.” Belize was formerly known as British Honduras.

Botswana

Independence Day: September 30

Joined the Commonwealth: 1966

Location: Africa

Botswana, the world’s leading diamond producer, is a middle-income nation in Africa. Its name literally means “Land of the Tswana,” pertaining to the Tswana which is the dominant ethnic group in the country. Gaborone is Botswana’s capital. It was in the year 1867 when gold prospectors from Europe stepped foot in Botswana. A few years later, the British Bechuanaland was established. It was granted independence in 1966, becoming the Republic of Botswana that we know today.

Brunei Darussalam

Independence Day: January 1

Joined the Commonwealth: 1984

Location: Asia

Brunei Darussalam is a country rich in oil and gas reserves. It is located at the northern shore of the island of Borneo. Bandar Seri Begawan is the nation’s capital. It is nicknamed as the “Abode of Peace” because the phrase is the English translation of “Darussalam.”

Cameroon

Independence Day: May 20

Joined the Commonwealth: 1960

Location: Africa

Cameroon, also called Africa in miniature, is where you can see a bit of everything that the continent is known for. It was a group of European explorers who discovered the coast of Cameroon. The river was full of shrimps that they named the country after the crustacean. Camarões later became Cameroon. Its capital is Yaoundé.

Canada

Independence Day: July 1

Joined the Commonwealth: 1931

Location: North America

Canada is well-known for its varied landscapes that appeal to residents and visitors alike. The country, the world’s second-largest, is also called The Great White North because of its long winters. Ottawa is the capital of Canada. In the Commonwealth, Canada is a member of the Regulatory Connectivity cluster where countries exchange best practices and experiences when it comes to trade and investment.

Cyprus

Independence Day: October 1

Joined the Commonwealth: 1961

Location: Europe

Cyprus is a country which boasts of long beaches, scenic mountains and ancient ruins. Its capital is Nicosia, also known as Lefkosia. Cyprus is endearingly called the Island of Love. Legends say it is the birthplace of Aphrodite who emerged from the waves at Paphos.

Dominica

Independence Day: October 1

Joined the Commonwealth: 1978

Location: North America

Situated east of the Caribbean Sea is an island rich in natural resources. Aptly known as the Nature Island of the Caribbean, Dominica is a country of the Lesser Antilles. Its capital is Roseau and it is most known for its mountainous typography.

Eswatini

Independence Day: September 6

Joined the Commonwealth: 1968

Location: Africa

Eswatini, formerly known as the Kingdom of Swaziland, is a small country located in the east of South Africa. It is well-known to be Africa’s last absolute monarchy. Its capital is the city of Mbabane and its official languages are English, Swati and South African English. The name Eswatini literally means the “land of the Swazis.”

Fiji

Independence Day: October 10

Joined the Commonwealth: 1970

Location: Oceania

The Republic of Fiji is an archipelago located in the South Pacific Ocean. 100 out of its 300 islands are inhabited, the majority of which is forested. It is regarded as the Soft Coral Capital of the World, with breathtaking dive sites open all year round. Its capital is Suva, aptly called the Heartbeat of the Pacific.

Gabon

Independence Day: Not Applicable

Joined the Commonwealth: 2022

Location: Africa

The Gabonese Republic is a country in Central Africa situated on the equator. Its capital and largest city is Libreville. It gained its full independence from France in 1960. Gabon is known for being one of the world’s major oil, manganese and Okoume producers.

The Gambia

Independence Day: February 18

Joined the Commonwealth: 1965

Location: Africa

Cutting through Senegal is The Gambia, the smallest country in west Africa. It is also known as The Smiling Coast due to the way its location resembles a smile as seen from a map. In the area where the Gambia River flows to the Atlantic Ocean, you have Banjul, the country’s capital.

Ghana

Independence Day: March 6

Joined the Commonwealth: 1957

Location: Africa

Ghana is a country in West Africa which is arguably best known for two things: gold and chocolate. Its capital is Accra, the largest city in the country. Surrounding Ghana is Cote d’Ivoire or the Ivory Coast and the Togolese Republic. Aside from gold and chocolate, Ghana is also known for its sandy beaches and lush forests.

Grenada

Independence Day: February 7

Joined the Commonwealth: 1974

Location: North America

Grenada is a country in the eastern Caribbean bordered by Trinidad and Tobago in the northeast and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in the southwest. It is known as the Island of Spice because of its production of spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger. Its capital is Saint George, the location of the famous Underwater Sculpture Park.

Guyana

Independence Day: May 26

Joined the Commonwealth: 1966

Location: South America

The name Guyana means “Land of Many Waters” as given by the indigenous peoples who lived in the country before the Europeans decided to settle there. Georgetown is its capital and chief port. It is home to the Southern Rupununi Savannah, one of the most biodiverse areas in South America.

India

Independence Day: August 15

Joined the Commonwealth: 1947

Location: Asia

India is a peninsula located in the southern part of the Asian continent. It is famous for being among the most populous countries in the world, ranking next to China after garnering an official estimate of 1.38 billion in 2020. New Delhi is the national capital of India. 

Jamaica

Independence Day: August 6

Joined the Commonwealth: 1962

Location: North America

Jamaica is an island in the Caribbean Sea with Cuba in the south and Haiti in the west. Its capital is Kingston which is also the country’s largest city. Jamaica is where reggae music and Blue Mountain coffee are born, among many other world-renowned elements. 

Kenya

Independence Day: December 12

Joined the Commonwealth: 1963

Location: Africa

Kenya is derived from Kirinyaga which means “Mountain of Whiteness,” as the country got its name from a mountain bearing the same name. Its capital is Nairobi, the largest city in all of east Africa. Agriculture is the largest sector in Kenya, with a contribution of approximately one-third of the country’s GDP.

Kiribati

Independence Day: July 12

Joined the Commonwealth: 1979

Location: Oceania

Kiribati is an island nation located in the central Pacific Ocean. Its name is a local pronunciation of “Gilberts” which is what they call the main island chain. Its capital is Tarawa, an atoll situated in the Gilbert Islands. 21 of the 33 islands of Kiribati are inhabited, most of which are roughly six metres above sea level with barrier reefs surrounding them.

Lesotho

Independence Day: October 4

Joined the Commonwealth: 1966

Location: Africa

The Kingdom of Lesotho is a landlocked country with mountainous topography. The place is dubbed “Kingdom in the Sky” because it stands 4,500 feet above sea level, surrounded entirely by the country of South Africa. Lesotho is mostly inhabited by Basotho, with Sesotho as their national language although the majority speak excellent English.

Malawi

Independence Day: July 6

Joined the Commonwealth: 1964

Location: Africa

Malawi is a landlocked country bordered by Mozambique, Zambia and Tanzania. Endearingly called “The Warm Heart of Africa,” the country is well-known for its friendly people. Among the main reasons visitors come to Malawi is the lake sharing the same name, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is home to the largest number of freshwater fish species. 

Malaysia

Independence Day: August 31

Joined the Commonwealth: 1957

Location: Asia

Malaysia is a country in Southeast Asia with two geographical regions: Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia. It is diverse in many aspects – religion, ethnicity and wildlife, to name a few. The national capital of Malaysia is the bustling Kuala Lumpur which is also the largest city in the country.

Malta

Independence Day: September 21

Joined the Commonwealth: 1964

Location: Europe

The Republic of Malta is an island country situated in the Mediterranean Sea. It is one of the three inhabited islands out of the 26 that make up the Mediterranean archipelago. Malta is a famous tourist destination primarily because of its Megalithic temples, movie-ready landscapes and great weather all year round.

Maldives

Independence Day: July 26

Joined the Commonwealth: 1982

Location: Asia

The Maldives is an archipelagic nation located in the Indian Ocean. It is Asia’s second smallest country, and the majority of its 1,200 islands remain uninhabited. The Maldives is known as a luxury travel destination, with stunning beaches and various outdoor activities to boast. The nation’s capital is Malé, also known as the “King’s Island.”

Mauritius

Independence Day: March 12

Joined the Commonwealth: 1968

Location: Africa

Mauritius is an island country in the Indian Ocean about 500 miles off the eastern coast of Madagascar. It belongs to the Mascarene Islands along with Rodrigues and Réunion. Its capital and largest city is Port Louis. Mauritius is best known for its natural beauty. To quote Mark Twain, “Mauritius was made first, and then heaven; and heaven was copied after Mauritius.”

Mozambique

Independence Day: June 25

Joined the Commonwealth: 1995

Location: Africa

Formerly known as Portuguese East Africa, the Republic of Mozambique is a country located in southeast Africa. Its capital and port city is Maputo. With its prime coastline partnered with a tropical climate, Mozambique is famous for water activities such as diving, game fishing and beach hopping. 

Namibia

Independence Day: March 21

Joined the Commonwealth: 1990

Location: Africa

Namibia is a nation in southern Africa bordered by Zambia and Angola in the north, the Atlantic Ocean in the west, Botswana in the east and the Atlantic Ocean in the southeast. The country got its name from the Namib desert, the oldest desert in the world. Namibia is called “The Land of Many Faces,” a nickname which stems from its colourful environment. The town of Windhoek is the nation’s capital.

Nauru

Independence Day: January 31

Joined the Commonwealth: 1968

Location: Oceania

Nauru is an island country in the Central Pacific which measures only 6 by 4 kilometres with a circumference of 19 kilometres, making it the smallest republic in the world. It was once regarded as the “Pleasant Island” as coined by British whaler John Fearn. The country has no official capital, although the district of Yaren houses its government offices.

New Zealand

Independence Day: February 6

Joined the Commonwealth: 1931

Location: Oceania

New Zealand is an island country located in the southern part of the Pacific Ocean. Its Māori name is Aotearoa which translates to “The Land of the Long White Cloud.” The country’s capital is Wellington, located south of the North Island. New Zealand is most known for its rich Māori culture, its stunning land and seascapes and its lush vegetation and animal life.

Nigeria

Independence Day: October 1

Joined the Commonwealth: 1960

Location: Africa

Located on the Gulf of Guinea is the African country of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It earned the nickname the “Giant of Africa” because of its vast land and huge population. Its political capital is Abuja, set in the centre of the country within the Federal Capital Territory. Nigeria has an abundance of oil and gas, making it Africa’s largest producer of the said resources.

Pakistan

Independence Day: August 14

Joined the Commonwealth: 1947

Location: Asia

The Islamic Republic of Pakistan is a country in South Asia bound by China in the northeast, the Arabian Sea in the south, Iran in the west and India in the east. It is also called “The Land of the Pure,” with its real name being an acronym of its homelands which are Punjab, Afghania, Kashmir, Iran, Sindh, Tukharistan, Afghanistan and Baluchistan. The capital city of Pakistan is Islamabad. 

Papua New Guinea

Independence Day: September 16

Joined the Commonwealth: 1975

Location: Oceania

Papua New Guinea is an independent state situated in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. It is part of the region of Melanesia, together with Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia. The country is known to be culturally and linguistically diverse, with over 1,000 distinct ethnic groups and more than 850 languages all under one roof. Port Moresby, also known as Pom City, is the nation’s capital. 

Rwanda

Independence Day: July 4

Joined the Commonwealth: 2009

Location: Africa

The Republic of Rwanda is a landlocked country set in east-central Africa. It is aptly called “The Land of a Thousand Hills,” with mountain ranges and rolling hills dominating its landscape. The capital of Rwanda is the city of Kigali, a famous travel destination for those wanting to experience a gorilla trek.

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Independence Day: September 19

Joined the Commonwealth: 1983

Location: North America

The Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis is a two-island country located east of the Caribbean Sea. It has been regarded as “The Mother Colony of the West Indies” since it was home to the Caribbean’s first English and French colonies. Both islands are of volcanic origin and are naturally hilly or mountainous. The capital city of Saint Kitts and Nevis is Basseterre, located on the country’s south coast.

Saint Lucia

Independence Day: February 22

Joined the Commonwealth: 1979

Location: North America

Saint Lucia is an island state located east of the Caribbean Sea. The country is called “Helen of the West Indies” as in the myth of Helen of Troy. Its capital and largest city is Castries. Saint Lucia is most known for its gorgeous beach resorts, not to mention the towering twin volcanic peaks of the Pitons.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Independence Day: October 27

Joined the Commonwealth: 1979

Location: North America

The volcanic island of Saint Vincent and the smaller islands of the Grenadines make up a multi-island state situated south of Saint Lucia, west of Barbados, and northeast of Grenada. Thanks to its prime location in the eastern Caribbean Sea, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is a popular destination for yachting and sport fishing enthusiasts. Its capital, the historic Kingstown, is famous for its numerous cultural heritage sites.

Samoa

Independence Day: June 1

Joined the Commonwealth: 1970

Location: Oceania

The Independent State of Samoa is located in the central South Pacific Ocean. It is made up of two major islands, namely Upolo and Savai’i. The country is regarded as the “Cradle of Polynesia” because Savai’i is said to be Hawaiki which is the Polynesian homeland. Apia, situated on the island of Upolu, is the capital and only city of Samoa.

Seychelles

Independence Day: June 29

Joined the Commonwealth: 1976

Location: Africa

Seychelles is a travel destination which is famous for being one of the best dive sites in the world. It is located in the Indian Ocean, northeast of Madagascar and east of Kenya. Because of its year-round warm climate and favourable location, the country has gained the nickname “The Land of Perpetual Summer.” The capital of Seychelles is Victoria, also called Port Victoria or Mahé.

Sierra Leone

Independence Day: April 27

Joined the Commonwealth: 1961

Location: Africa

The Republic of Sierra Leone is a country on the west coast of Africa which is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west, Guinea to the north and east, and Liberia to the south. Its name means “Lion Mountains” or “Mountain of Lions.” The capital, port and largest city of Sierra Leone is Freetown. One interesting fact about its capital is that there is a giant old cotton tree located in the middle of the city. 

Singapore

Independence Day: August 9

Joined the Commonwealth: 1965

Location: Asia

The Republic of Singapore is a country in Southeast Asia made up of one 30-mile-long island along with 62 other smaller ones. Its name stands for “Lion City,” the word “simha’ means lion and “pura” means city. The country is characterised by modern buildings, great food and green spaces. The capital of Singapore is Singapore.

Solomon Islands

Independence Day: July 7

Joined the Commonwealth: 1978

Location: Oceania

The Solomon Islands, or simply “the Solomons,” is a country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean which is comprised of about 1000 islands. The nation’s capital, Honiara, is located on its largest island which is Guadalcanal. Majority of the population at the Solomons are Melanesian.

South Africa

Independence Day: April 27

Joined the Commonwealth: 1931

Location: Africa

The country of South Africa is situated at the southernmost region of the continent. It was given the nickname “Rainbow Nation” due to its multicultural diversity. South Africa has three capital cities: Cape Town, Pretoria and Bloemfontein. It is the only country in the world to have three, as the Union of South Africa decided that it was better to distribute the power. 

Sri Lanka

Independence Day: February 4

Joined the Commonwealth: 1948

Location: Asia

The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka is an island country in the Indian Ocean right off the southeastern coast of India. Its capital cities are Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte (the legislative capital) and Colombo (the executive and legislative capital.) Sri Lanka is formerly known as Ceylon, a name which came from the Arab word “saheelan.” It is endearingly called “Pearl of the Indian Ocean” because of its natural beauty.

Trinidad and Tobago

Independence Day: August 31

Joined the Commonwealth: 1962

Location: South America

The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is an island country located in the southeastern portion of the Caribbean Sea. Trinidad is primarily a business hub while Tobago is a popular travel destination. Trinidadian English and English Creole are the nation’s spoken languages. The Port of Spain is its capital city.

Togo

Independence Day: Not Applicable

Joined the Commonwealth: 2022

Location: Africa

The Togolese Republic is a nation in western Africa. Its name came from Togodo, a small town’s name which in the Ewe language means “the land on the other side of the shore.” The city of Lomé is the capital of Togo. Its major crops are coffee, cocoa and cotton. 

Tonga

Independence Day: June 4

Joined the Commonwealth: 1970

Location: Oceania

Tonga is a nation of 176 islands located in the South Pacific Ocean. It got the nickname “Friendly Islands” because of the people’s warm reception to Captain James Cook when he first visited in 1773. Its capital and chief port city is Nuku’alofa which is also the economic hub of the country.

Tuvalu

Independence Day: October 1

Joined the Commonwealth: 1978

Location: Oceania

The island country of Tuvalu is a nine-island nation in the Central Pacific Ocean situated between Hawaii and Australia. Recorded as the second least populous country in the world, with only 26 square kilometres or 10  square miles of land area. It was formerly known as the Ellice Islands before going by its current name which means “eight standing together” in Tuvaluan language. The capital of Tuvalu is Funafuti.

Uganda

Independence Day: October 9

Joined the Commonwealth: 1962

Location: Africa

Uganda is a landlocked republic situated in central eastern Africa. It is bordered by South Sudan to the north, Kenya to the east, Tanzania and Rwanda to the south, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west. The country is regarded as “The Pearl of Africa,” as coined by Winston Churchill when the explorer was writing about the country’s biodiversity. Uganda’s capital is Kampala, and its official language is English. 

United Kingdom

National Day: June 12

Joined the Commonwealth: 1926

Location: Europe

The United Kingdom is an island country comprising the island of Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) and the Northern Island. One way to refer to this nation is “Old Blighty” which is a British English slang term which got popular during World War I. The capital city of the United Kingdom is London. The country is famous for many things, including The Royal Family, prestigious educational institutions and world-renowned celebrities.

United Republic of Tanzania

Independence Day: December 9

Joined the Commonwealth: 1961

Location: Africa

The United Republic of Tanzania is a country on the east coast of Africa. Its name is a portmanteau of the mainland which is Tanganyika and the Zanzibar islands. Its literal meaning in Swahili is “sail in the wilderness.” The nation’s acting capital city is Dar es Salaam, but its official capital is Dodoma. Tanzania is home to some of Africa’s world-famous national parks and natural attractions such as the splendid Mount Kilimanjaro.

Vanuatu

Independence Day: July 30

Joined the Commonwealth: 1980

Location: Oceania

The Republic of Vanuatu, previously known as the New Hebrides Islands, is an archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean consisting of 83 islands. It is also called “The Isles of Smiles,” and it consistently ranks among the happiest countries on earth. Port-Vila, also called Vila, is the nation’s capital. Among the many things that Vanuatu is famous for is the fact that it is the most linguistically diverse country in the world.

Zambia

Independence Day: October 24

Joined the Commonwealth: 1964

Location: Africa

Zambia is a landlocked country in Southern Africa which got its name from the Zambezi river that flows between it and Zimbabwe. Its capital city is Lusaka. The nation earned the nickname “The Air Conditioned State” because of its pleasant climate. Zambia is home to 20 amazing national parks, more than 72 tribes and one of the world’s largest waterfalls.

I hope that helped you to learn more about the Commonwealth of Nations and its relations to the United Kingdom, British culture and the British Monarchy.

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