|The Commonwealth is a free association of 46 countries in all five continents. They belong to different religions, languages, races and cultures. The member-countries strongly believe that their interests are best served through common action and cooperation. The pursuits and ideals are incorporated in the Declaration of Commonwealth Principles. The Heads of the member-countries, as well as their Ministers, meet and discuss various national and international problems. Cyprus became a member-state in 1961. Commonwealth Day is an international event celebrated by all member-states on the second Monday of March.|
Member-states are (1983): Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Britain, Canada, Cyprus, Dominica, Fiji, The Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Nauru, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Western Samoa, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Source: Department of Postal Services, Republic of Cyprus.