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Commonwealth and Overseas Territories

The United Kingdom is one of the Commonwealth's 53 sovereign, independent member countries and one of its largest contributors. 34 of the 53 are classed as small states (mostly island states and with a population of 1.5 million or less).


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    Britain supports the work of the Commonwealth in promoting democracy, the rule of law, good governance and human rights, as well as the Commonwealth's economic and developmental work. Many Commonwealth non-governmental organizations (civil society groups) are British-based.

    The modern Commonwealth comprises nearly one-third of the world's countries and its combined population of 1.7 billion people accounts for a quarter of the world's inhabitants. The 53 countries represent some of the richest and some of the poorest in the world, as well as some of the biggest and the smallest.

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