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The Commonwealth

  • The Commonwealth of Nations, usually known as the Commonwealth and formerly as the British Commonwealth, is a voluntary association of 54 independent sovereign States, all of which are former possessions of the British Empire, except for Mozambique, Rwanda and the United Kingdom itself.
  • Queen Elizabeth II is the Head of the Commonwealth, recognized by each State, Although the Queen heads the Commonwealth in a symbolic capacity, it is the Commonwealth Secretary-general who is the Chief Executive of the organization.
  • The five largest Commonwealth nations by population are India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nigeria and the United Kingdom. Tuvalu is the least populous member of the Commonwealth.
  • The three largest Commonwealth nations by area are Canada, Australia and India.
  • The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) is a significant decision-making body that holds bi-annual meetings.
  • Marlborough House, London houses the headquarters of the Commonwealth.
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There are 54 members of the Commonwealth in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Americas, Europe and the Pacific.
They are:

Africa

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