There are 53 countries in the Commonwealth, in Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Pacific. The Commonwealth countries are diverse – they are amongst the world’s biggest, smallest, richest and poorest countries.
31 of our members are classified as small states. Small states are countries with a population under 1.5 million people, plus larger countries that have needs in common with them.
All members subscribe to the values and principles of The Commonwealth Charter.
Leaders of member countries shape Commonwealth policies and priorities. Every 2 years, they meet to discuss issues affecting the Commonwealth and the wider world at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).
All members have an equal say regardless of size or wealth. This makes sure even the smallest countries have a voice in shaping the Commonwealth.