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Commonwealth of Nations

The Commonwealth of Nations is a confederation of countries. Originally, it was called the British Commonwealth which was founded in 1926 when the British Empire began to break-up. Now, there are 53 member countries of the Commonwealth.



The term the Commonwealth of Nations originated in 1884. Lord Rosebery was on a visit to Australia in 1884. At Adelaide he said that over a period of time a number of colonies of the British Empire will become free and many may become more independent. He further said that all of these countries would then become the Commonwealth of Nations.


The Commonwealth of Nations is not a political organization. Queen Elizabeth II is also head of state of 16 Commonwealth countries, referred to as Commonwealth realms. Canada and Australia are two of the largest realms. A Secretary General manages the day-to-day matters of the Commonwealth of Nations. However, the United Kingdom or the Secretary General does not have any direct or indirect control over these countries. In fact, almost all the 53 members are independent countries with their own governments. These countries have come together to form an association with some common aims. Such common aims include:

Some information


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  2. "Country Comparisons – Population" . The World Factbook. Central Intelligence Agency. 19 March 2009. Retrieved 22 March 2009.

Other websites

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