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An informational catalog, or several catalogs, about Commonwealth of Nations.

Member states

Name[1]CapitalRegionPopulation 2005
(thousands)
Joining date
Antigua and BarbudaSaint John'sAmericas

81

1981
Australia[2]CanberraPacific

20,155

1942
BahamasNassauAmericas

323

1973
BangladeshDhakaAsia

141,822

1972
BarbadosBridgetownAmericas

270

1966
BelizeBelmopanAmericas

270

1981
BotswanaGaboroneAfrica

1,765

1966
BruneiBandar Seri BegawanAsia

374

1984
Cameroon[3]YaoundéAfrica

16,322

1995
CanadaOttawaAmericas

32,623[4]

1931
Cyprus[5]NicosiaEurope

835

1961
DominicaRoseauAmericas

79

1978
Fiji[6]SuvaPacific

848

1970;
1997[7]
GhanaAccraAfrica

22,113

1957
GrenadaSt. George'sAmericas

103

1974
GuyanaGeorgetownAmericas

751

1966
IndiaNew DelhiAsia

1,103,371

1947
JamaicaKingstonAmericas

2,651

1962
KenyaNairobiAfrica

34,256

1963
KiribatiSouth TarawaPacific

99

1979
LesothoMaseruAfrica

1,795

1966
MalawiLilongweAfrica

12,884

1964
MalaysiaKuala LumpurAsia

25,347

1957[8]
MaltaVallettaEurope

402

1964
MauritiusPort LouisAfrica

1,245

1968
Mozambique[9]MaputoAfrica

19,792

1995
NamibiaWindhoekAfrica

2,031

1990
NaurunonePacific

14

1968
New Zealand[10]WellingtonPacific

4,028

1947
NigeriaAbujaAfrica

131,530

1960
Pakistan[11]IslamabadAsia

157,935

1947;
1989[12]
Papua New GuineaPort MoresbyPacific

5,887

1975
Rwanda[13]KigaliAfrica

9,038

2009
Saint Kitts and NevisBasseterreAmericas

43

1983
Saint LuciaCastriesAmericas

161

1979
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesKingstownAmericas

119

1979
SamoaApiaPacific

185

1970
SeychellesVictoriaAfrica

81

1976
Sierra LeoneFreetownAfrica

5,525

1961
SingaporeSingaporeAsia

4,326

1965
Solomon IslandsHoniaraPacific

478

1978
South AfricaPretoria (executive)
Cape Town (legislative)
Bloemfontein (judicial)
Africa

47,432

1931;
1994[14]
Sri LankaColomboAsia

20,743

1948
SwazilandMbabaneAfrica

1,032

1968
TanzaniaDodomaAfrica

38,329

1961
TongaNuku'alofaPacific

102

1970
Trinidad and TobagoPort of SpainAmericas

1,305

1962
TuvaluFunafutiPacific

10

1978
UgandaKampalaAfrica

28,816

1962
United Kingdom[15] London Europe

59,668

n/a[16]
VanuatuPort VilaPacific

211

1980
ZambiaLusakaAfrica

11,668

1964

States and territories that have left the Commonwealth (and not re-joined)

NameCapitalRegionJoining dateLeaving date
Federation of South Arabia[17]AdenAsia -1967
The GambiaBanjulAfrica 19652013
Hong Kong[18]-Asia -1997
Ireland[19]DublinEurope -1949
MaldivesMaléAsia 19822016
Zimbabwe[20]HarareAfrica 19802003

Non-members

Countries that were formerly British-controlled that are not members of the Commonwealth include Bahrain, Burma (now Myanmar), The Gambia, Hong Kong, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Somalia, Sudan, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, and Zimbabwe.

Footnotes

  1. The Commonwealth: 'Member countries'.
  2. Norfolk Island is an Australian territory which competes separately in the Commonwealth Games.
  3. Former French colonial territory which is also a member of the Commonwealth's francophone counterpart, the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie.
  4. Statistics Canada, 2006
  5. The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, which administers part of the island, is recognised only by Turkey.
  6. Membership suspended 2000-2001, partially from 2006 and fully since 2009.
  7. Left in 1987 and later rejoined.
  8. As part of the Federation of Malaya; athletes have competed as Malaysia in the Commonwealth Games since 1966. See Commonwealth Games Federation: 'Commonwealth countries'.
  9. Former Portuguese colonial territory which is also a member of the Commonwealth's lusophone counterpart, the Community of Portuguese Language Countries.
  10. Niue is a self-governing island in association with New Zealand, and competes separately in the Commonwealth Games.
  11. Membership suspended 1999-2004 and 2007-2008.
  12. Left in 1972 and later rejoined.
  13. Former Belgian colonial territory which is also a member of the Commonwealth's francophone counterpart, the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie.
  14. Left in 1961 and later rejoined.
  15. The United Kingdom is composed of four countries joined in union - England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. These, plus the British territories outside the UK (Anguilla, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, the Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Jersey, Montserrat, Saint Helena, and the Turks and Caicos Islands), compete separately in the Commonwealth Games.
  16. The Commonwealth mainly comprises former territories of the British Empire.
  17. Group of British colonial states which merged with Aden in 1963, prior to its 1967 abolition; today part of Yemen.
  18. Former British colonial territory which was handed back to China in 1997.
  19. Previously part of the United Kingdom; became a republic in 1949, at the time when that status entailed ineligibility to remain part of the Commonwealth.
  20. Membership suspended in 2002.