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British Commonwealth Countries Quiz

Try to name the member states of the Commonwealth of Nations.
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Last updated: November 13, 2018
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Joined
Country
1981
Antigua and
Barbuda
1931
Australia
1973
Bahamas
1972
Bangladesh
1966
Barbados
1981
Belize
1966
Botswana
1984
Brunei
1995
Cameroon
1931
Canada
1961
Cyprus
1978
Dominica
1970
Fiji
1965
Gambia
1957
Ghana
1974
Grenada
1966
Guyana
1947
India
Joined
Country
1962
Jamaica
1963
Kenya
1979
Kiribati
1966
Lesotho
1964
Malawi
1957
Malaysia
1964
Malta
1968
Mauritius
1995
Mozambique
1990
Namibia
1968
Nauru
1931
New Zealand
1960
Nigeria
1947
Pakistan
1975
Papua New Guinea
2009
Rwanda
1983
St. Kitts and Nevis
1979
St. Lucia
Joined
Country
1979
St. Vincent and
the Grenadines
1970
Samoa
1976
Seychelles
1961
Sierra Leone
1966
Singapore
1978
Solomon Islands
1931
South Africa
1948
Sri Lanka
1968
Swaziland
1961
Tanzania
1970
Tonga
1962
Trinidad and Tobago
1978
Tuvalu
1962
Uganda
1931
United Kingdom
1980
Vanuatu
1964
Zambia
Former Members
Ireland
Maldives
Zimbabwe
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level 28
Feb 4, 2014
Great quiz!
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level 36
Mar 24, 2014
Surprised to see no note of Zimbabwe, and technically, England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Island are all separate nations of the Commonwealth - as seen by their separate entrants in the Commonwealth Games (next held later this year in Glasgow, Scotland).
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level 24
Mar 24, 2014
I was going to say the same thing. The United Kingdom is the all those nations under the leadership of the the English government, but they are still sovereign nations.
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level 58
Mar 24, 2014
No they are not. It is all 1 sovereign state, The U.K. There is no such thing as the English government; it is the British government. It is true that they enter separately in the commonwealth games though.
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level 32
Aug 18, 2015
u said "the" twice
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level 30
Oct 25, 2016
MyMindWentBlank, there is no "English" government. England is the only one of the UK nations to have no government separate from the UK government.
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level 62
Jun 28, 2018
Dax is obviously English. Only English people call themselves British.
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level 68
Jul 28, 2018
have you ever read anything about a place called Northern Ireland?
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level 81
Mar 24, 2014
Like Ireland, Zimbabwe voluntarily withdrew from the commonwealth (admittedly after they had been suspended). I was surprised to not see Fiji on this list, even though they're suspended.
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level 58
Aug 30, 2015
In the Commonwealth Games, territories that are not countries compete individually. So places like Gibralta and the Isle of Man are in the competition. It's the same deal with England, Wales, etc. They're not sovereign states.
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level 39
Dec 14, 2016
I was surprised they didn't include France! They practically border each other
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level 42
Mar 14, 2018
That's really not how the Commonwealth works
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level 61
May 27, 2018
The Commonwealth is mostly countries that were colonies of the U.K., not countries that speak totally different languages and had their own colonies.
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level 67
Aug 9, 2018
France could have joined. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/France_and_the_Commonwealth_of_Nations
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level 52
Apr 16, 2014
I'm more surprised to see Rwanda, Mozambique and Vanuatu on the list - as far as I know, those countries were never part of the British Empire. Glad to be corrected though!
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level 18
Apr 17, 2014
Vanuatu was jointly controlled by Britain and France before independence. Rwanda and Mozambique were never part of the British Empire, but the Commonwealth made exceptions for them to join.
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level 66
Oct 25, 2016
My surprise is to see that more people got Mozambique and Rwanda than some others that were part of the British empire.
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level 74
Oct 26, 2016
^ most people don't know that Vanuatu exists.
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level 67
Oct 26, 2016
I got them by just guessing regionally. Get South Africa, guess other South African countries.
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level 65
Mar 14, 2018
Cameroon is a similar case. Only two provinces of Cameroon were ever English - and those two provinces are treated as inferior by the rest of the country. Anglophone people are discriminated by the Francophone minority. Really, the only reason they joined the Commonwealth must be economic benefit.
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level 45
Jun 9, 2014
What do any of these countries gain by being in the Commonwealth, besides the bill for the Olympics?
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level 20
Aug 25, 2014
Massive trade benefits.
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level 70
Sep 24, 2014
Not so much any more I'm afraid. UK is the biggest economy in the Commonwealth and it is geared more toward the EU. Similarly Australia and Canada have bigger trade ties with their neighbours (east Asia and the Americas respectively) The developing countries in the Commonwealth do benefit through increased awareness, aid and political "assistance" from the stronger member countries though
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level 48
Oct 29, 2014
As grantdon mentioned, some of the smaller developing countries gain a lot in aid through programs such as the Colombo Plan of 1950. Of course, at the time this was all geared towards preventing communism as opposed to helping those in need, as was the case with most of the Western World.
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level 25
Aug 3, 2014
The UK countries; Scotland, England, Nth Ireland & Wales also Isle of Man, Guernsey, Jersey are all separate and not under UK. I though Senegal was part of the Commonwealth too
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level 58
Dec 6, 2016
Not all the teams in the Commonwealth Games are countries.
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level 56
Dec 19, 2017
Senegal never has been part of the Empire or Commonwealth. It used to be a French possession and retains close links with France.
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level 59
Aug 26, 2014
These are the independent sovereign nations, so maybe the title should have been "Commonwealth Nations" rather than Countries, which is the ambiguous term.
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level 71
Oct 23, 2014
Fiji was readmitted to the Commonwealth in September 2014.
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level ∞
Oct 27, 2014
Updated thanks.
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level 20
Oct 28, 2014
100% with 1:03 left
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level 55
Nov 16, 2014
You're eligible for the Booker Prize, a very esteemed literary award, if you belong. That's one incentive!
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level 80
Nov 17, 2014
A & B .. but what the heck is the name of that country? Total black-out. I guess it's impossible to allow just AB? -- nonono.. it's NOT Aruba!
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level 16
Nov 19, 2014
I'm British, and got less than half correct...
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level 37
Apr 16, 2015
Missed many small island nations and some African nations....and yes biggest miss was UK itself....
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level 54
Dec 2, 2015
Could I recommend an extra minute, barely any time to think (thanks)
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level 74
Oct 25, 2016
Same here. I wish I could think as fast as I can type.
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level 59
Jan 6, 2017
I needed just a bit more time.
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level 27
May 10, 2016
Bah, I only got 70%. Not bad for someone who'd never heard of the commonwealth before.
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level 70
May 14, 2016
Since the average is so low, maybe break up the answer section into columns by continent? It might help us work out more of the answers.
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level 49
May 23, 2016
I would suggest adding different brackets for different continents, otherwise a great quiz :D
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level 49
Jun 9, 2016
Why Mozambique and Brunei?!?
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level 63
Jun 11, 2016
Because they are part of the British Commonwealth. That's why.
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level 58
Dec 6, 2016
Brunei used to be part of the British Empire.
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level 70
Aug 9, 2016
As I was going through the countries of Africa I momentarily contemplated Mozambique, then though, nah, that's Portuguese. But then, running out of obvious choices I put Rwanda and that worked, so then I had to revisit a whole lot I'd previously dismissed. Didn't get back to Mozambique before the clock ran out.
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level 48
Oct 25, 2016
I've only missed Mozambique :(
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level 41
Oct 25, 2016
I missed the UK -__-
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level 82
Oct 25, 2016
This quiz would greatly improve with a map.
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level 55
Oct 25, 2016
The Maldives left the Commonwealth recently. As of now, there are only 52 members.
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level 58
Oct 25, 2016
Dang it, I thought I had typed in all of Oceania but missed Tuvalu and Nauru. Cameroon I knew and missed, the other 2 (Sierra Leone and Mozambique) I did not.
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level 58
Oct 25, 2016
Did get about 15 countries in the last 45 seconds, though.
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level 65
Oct 26, 2016
Did I really forgot UK? Hell yeah... and Malta too ...
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level 54
Oct 27, 2016
Didn't the maldives just leave?
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level 66
Nov 1, 2016
Quizmaster, I believe the Maldives just left the Commonwealth. Could you please update the quiz?
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level ∞
Nov 3, 2016
Yes!
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level 69
Nov 4, 2016
what about adding a map, too?
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level ∞
Nov 4, 2016
I feel like some quizzes are better without a map.
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level 56
Dec 19, 2017
Not sure a map would be very helpful, as a lot of the Commonwealth members are small island nations and they don't show up too well on a map of the world (which would be rather small on this site in the first place).
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level 71
Mar 27, 2018
For those who'd enjoy doing it with a map, here it is.
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level 80
Nov 3, 2016
Yay! Another reset and then I forget one of the U countries. Hmm.. uruguay, no? .. How do I forget UK?!
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level 59
Jan 6, 2017
That's what I want to know: how did so many miss UK????
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level 63
Nov 5, 2016
Forgot to change the instructions to say 52 countries.
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level 46
Feb 19, 2017
I missed the UK...
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level 57
May 24, 2017
I figured maybe the parts of the UK are in there separately so I tried England, didn't work, so I moved on. Needless to say the Uk was one of twelve I missed
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level 67
Nov 9, 2017
It hasn't been officially called the British Commonwealth for many years (though I'm struggling to find the exact date). It's the Commonwealth of Nations.
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level 67
Nov 9, 2017
Found it. It hasn't been "British" (in name) since India joined in 1949. (Source: www.britannica.com/topic/Commonwealth-association-of-states) So the name of this quiz is 68 years out of date!
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level 67
Aug 9, 2018
Hello, any chance of changing the title of this quiz, please? It has now been incorrect for 69 years...
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level 71
Feb 9, 2018
Gambia rejoined the Commonwealth in February 2018.
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level ∞
Feb 9, 2018
"You'll miss me when I'm gone" - Gambia. Two years later: "Can we come back, pretty please".
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level 63
Feb 9, 2018
Well, at least the current president isn't as stupid as his predecessor. But thanks to him, I now have to retake this quiz. *grumble*
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level 65
Feb 9, 2018
Those British were busy, busy bees!
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level 22
Mar 14, 2018
I can't believe all of the countries around the World that at one time or another had the English yoke around their enslaved necks.
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level 77
Mar 14, 2018
As stated above, it's the Commonwealth of Nations not the British Commonwealth. Quiz title needs amending.
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level 49
Mar 14, 2018
lol I did so bad, the English had their fingers in WAY too many pies during the empirical days.. guess I shouldnt talk too much as America has the same issue today, didnt we learn anything?
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level 57
Mar 15, 2018
empirically no.
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level 66
Mar 15, 2018
Although you meant imperial (and people make mistakes), I do love the thought of an Empirical Days celebration. Possibly with bunting and cotton candy.
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level 48
Mar 15, 2018
I got 85% with 1:30 to go!
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level 19
Jun 1, 2018
More people got jamaica than UK
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level 52
Jun 1, 2018
Got so focused on Africa, I forgot about the Caribbean islands. And the UK ... facepalm.
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level 62
Jun 28, 2018
I thought Argentina was.
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level 43
Sep 10, 2018
Got to love it when you forget the United Kingdom
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level 43
Sep 16, 2018
****. I forgot the UK
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