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  • The Commonwealth is home to 2.2 billion citizens and over 60% of these are under the age of 30.

  • Leaders of Commonwealth member countries meet every two years to discuss issues of mutual concern and interest.

  • Thirty-one Commonwealth member countries are considered small states, many of them island nations.

  • Commonwealth Day is celebrated on the second Monday of March every year. The next Commonwealth Day will be held on Monday, 9 March 2015.

  • The Commonwealth Games will be held in Glasgow, Scotland, between 23 July and 3 August 2014.

About us

The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 53 independent countries.  

It is home to 2.2 billion citizens and over 60% of these are under the age of 30. The Commonwealth includes some of the world’s largest, smallest, richest and poorest countries, spanning five regions. Thirty-one of its members are small states, many of them island nations.

The Commonwealth’s guiding principles are in its Charter.

Commonwealth policies are shaped by member countries, who have an equal say on decisions affecting them. Commonwealth organisations put these decisions and plans into action.