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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 next Commonwealth Games will be held in Gold Coast City, Queensland, Australia between 4 to 15 April 2018.

About us

The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 53 independent and equal sovereign states. It is home to 2.2 billion citizens, of which over 60% 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.

Commonwealth countries are supported by an active network of more than 80 intergovernmental, civil society, cultural and professional organisations. Key organisations include:

Commonwealth Secretariat – supporting member states

Commonwealth Foundation  – supporting civil society

Commonwealth of Learning  – promoting education and distance learning

Commonwealth Games Federation – promoting sports development


Our guiding principles are contained in the Commonwealth Charter.