Commonwealth

The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 53 independent and equal sovereign states. Member countries are supported by a network of more than 80 intergovernmental, civil society, cultural and professional organisations, including The Society of British & International Design. HRH Prince Charles represents Great Britain as the Head of the 53-member Commonwealth.

The Commonwealth Charter brings together the values and aspirations which unite the member countries. In an era of changing economic circumstances, new trade and economic patterns, The Commonwealth is a compelling force for good and an effective network for co-operation, promoting development, seeking consensus through consultation and the sharing of experience, especially through practical co-operation. This uniquely placed model serves as a catalyst for new forms of friendship and co-operation in the spirit of the Charter of the United Nations.

The Association of Commonwealth Universities is an important vehicle for academic links, particularly through scholarships for students to study at universities in other Commonwealth countries.

The Commonwealth played a major role in helping British finances during the Second World War. The member countries held their foreign-exchange in sterling, protecting that currency from runs, and facilitating trade and investment inside the Commonwealth. It was a formal relationship with fixed exchange rates, and periodic meetings at Commonwealth summits to coordinate trade policy, and domestic economic policies.

Access to the growing London capital market remained an important advantage to the newly independent nations. Britain focused on the Commonwealth after the war.

53 member countries of the Commonwealth are listed below. All of which The Society of British & International Design has reached out to encourage and provide recognition for interior design in healthcare, well-being, public and residential space. Many have also become finalists and winners at the SBID International Design Awards.

 

*Although the Commonwealth does not have a multilateral trade agreement, trade with another Commonwealth member is up to 50% more than with a non-member on average, with smaller and less wealthy states having a higher propensity to trade within the Commonwealth.

Members

Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda has a population of around 81,800 (at the 2011 Census). The independent Commonwealth country in the West Indies in the Americas, lies between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.
Australia

Officially the Commonwealth of Australia, the sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent and the island of Tasmania has a population of 25 million. Producing finalists in the SBID Awards since 2013, some of the winners include BAR Studio, Coop Creative, and Blainey North.
Bangladesh

With a population of 164.7 million, Bangladesh is a sovereign country in South Asia, forming the largest and easternmost part of the Bengal region. It shares land borders with India and Myanmar (Burma).
Barbados

Barbados is an island country in the Lesser Antilles of the West Indies, in the Caribbean region of North America with a population of 287,010 people. It became an independent state and Commonwealth realm in 1966.
Belize

Belize is a country located on the eastern coast of Central America, bordered on the northwest by Mexico, on the east by the Caribbean Sea, and on the south and west by Guatemala. It has a population of 387,879.
Botswana

The Republic of Botswana is in Southern Africa. Formerly the British protectorate of Bechuanaland, Botswana adopted its new name after becoming independent in 1966. Artichoke won an SBID Award in 2018 for their project in Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana.
Brunei

Brunei is a tiny nation on the island of Borneo, surrounded by Malaysia and the South China Sea with a population of 439,022. Brunei joined Commonwealth in 1984.
Cameroon

The Republic of Cameroon is a country in Central Africa. The French Cameroon gained independence from France in 1960, followed by the formerly British Southern Cameroon which gained independence the following year.
Canada

Canada is a North American country with a population of 37.06 million. As a founding member of the Commonwealth in 1931, Canada's independence was recognised under the Statute of Westminster. SBID Award winners from Canada most recently include Regina Sturrock Design in 2018 alongside B+H Architects and II BY IV DESIGN.
Dominica

Dominica is a mountainous Caribbean island nation with natural hot springs and tropical rain forests. With a population of 72,975, Dominica joined the Commonwealth on 3 November 1978.
Fiji

Fiji, a country in the South Pacific, is an archipelago of more than 300 islands. Its major islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, contain most of the population that is 905,502.
The Gambia

The Republic of The Gambia is the smallest country in West Africa. Apart from a stretch of coastline along the Atlantic Ocean, it is entirely surrounded by Senegal with a population of 2.101 million.
Ghana

With a population of 28 million the Republic of Ghana, formerly the Gold Coast, is a West African country lying on the Gulf of Guinea.
Grenada

Grenada is a Caribbean country comprising a main island, also called Grenada, and smaller surrounding islands. Dubbed the Spice Isle, the hilly main island is home to the 107,825 people living here.
Guyana

Guyana, a country on South America’s North Atlantic coast, is defined by its dense rain forest. English-speaking, with cricket and calypso music, it's culturally connected to the Caribbean region and has a population of 777,859 people.
India

India, also known as the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh largest country by area and with more than 1.3 billion people, it is the second most populous country. Representing India in the SBID Awards was Beyond Design Architects who won in 2016, among previous years finalists; KNS Architects, Sanjay Puri Architects, Transitions Designs, Studio Aanyaa and RC Architecture.
Jamaica

Jamaica is an island country situated in the Caribbean Sea. Spanning 10,990 square kilometres in area, it is the third-largest island of the Greater Antilles and the fourth-largest island country in the Caribbean with a population of 2,890,299.
Kenya

With a population of 49.7 million, Kenya is a country in East Africa with coastline on the Indian Ocean. They joined the Commonwealth on 12 December 1963.
Kiribati

Kiribati, officially the Republic of Kiribati, is a sovereign state in Micronesia in the central Pacific Ocean. The permanent population is just over 110,000, more than half of whom live on Tarawa Atoll.
Lesotho

Lesotho is a monarchy with a population of 2,262,815 people. Landlocked kingdom is encircled by South Africa and crisscrossed by a network of rivers and mountain ranges.
Malawi

The Republic of Malawi is a landlocked country in southeast Africa, formerly known as Nyasaland. With a population of 18.09 million, they became a member of the Commonwealth and an independent country in 1964.
Malaysia

Malaysia is a Southeast Asian country occupying parts of the Malay Peninsula and the island of Borneo and has a population of 29,717,000. Malaysian practice, NEVERMORE claimed an SBID Award in 2018. Past finalists include Designtone, SW1 Solutions, Metrics Global, Zzz (Zcube) Interior Architecture Design, Nu Infinity and X Dimension.
Malta

With a population of 460,297, Malta is an archipelago in the central Mediterranean between Sicily and the North African coast. Malta joined Commonwealth in 21 September 1964. Mario Cassar Inc Design became an SBID Award finalist in 2016.
Mauritius

Mauritius, an Indian Ocean island nation, is known for its beaches, lagoons and reefs with a population of 1.265 million. The island is highly ranked for democracy as well as for economic and political freedom.
Mozambique

Mozambique is a southern African nation with a population of 29.67 million, who gained independence from Portugal in 1975 as the first country to be admitted to the Commonwealth without any former colonial or constitutional links with the United Kingdom.
Namibia

Namibia is a country in southwest Africa, distinguished by the Namib Desert along its Atlantic Ocean coast. With population density of less than 3 per sq km, Namibia is the most sparsely populated country in the Commonwealth and in Africa with a population of 2.534 million.
Nauru

Nauru is a tiny island country with a population of 13,649 in Micronesia, northeast of Australia. Gaining independence in 1968 from a joint trusteeship of Australia, New Zealand and United Kingdom.
New Zealand

New Zealand is a country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean consisting of 2 main island with a population of 4,506,000. As a founding member of the Commonwealth, its independence was recognised in 1931. Celia Visser Design became an SBID Award in 2018, alongside Mal Corboy Design in 2014. Finalists include Trenzseater, Detail by Davinia Sutton, Kitchens By Design, Encompass Ideas Interior Design and Design ck.
Nigeria

Nigeria is a federal republic in West Africa located on the Gulf of Guinea with a population of 190.9 million. The Federation of Nigeria gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1960.
Pakistan

Pakistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, is a country in South Asia. It is the world’s sixth-most populous country with a population exceeding 212,742,631 people. In area, it is the 33rd-largest country, spanning 881,913 square kilometres.
Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea, in the southwestern Pacific, encompasses the eastern half of New Guinea and its offshore islands; gaining its independence from Australia with a population of 8.251 million.
Republic of Cyprus

Cyprus, officially the Republic of Cyprus, is an island country in the Eastern Mediterranean and is the third largest / third most populous island in the Mediterranean. Cyprus gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1960.
Rwanda

Rwanda is a landlocked East African country with a green, mountainous landscape with a population of 12.21 million. Gaining independence from Belgium in 1962, it was the second country to be admitted to the Commonwealth without any former colonial or constitutional links with the United Kingdom. Bost Interior Design claimed finalist status in the SBID Awards for their project in Kigali, Rwanda.
Samoa

Samoa, officially the Independent State of Samoa and, until July 1997, known as Western Samoa, is a country consisting of two main islands, Savai'i and Upolu, and four smaller islands with a population of 196,440 people.
Seychelles

The Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, off East Africa with a population of 95,843. Seychelles joined the Commonwealth in 1976 and became an independent country on 29th June 1976.
Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone is a country in West Africa, on the Atlantic Ocean. It’s known for the white-sand beaches lining the Freetown Peninsula. With a population of 7.557 million, Sierra Leone has been a member of the Commonwealth since 1961 and became an independent country on the 27th April 1961.
Singapore

Singapore, an island city-state off southern Malaysia is a global financial centre with a tropical climate and a population of 5,638,700. Representing Singapore, Elliot James won an SBID Award 2018 alongside WOW Architects | Warner Wong Design in 2017, with finalists such as Studio HBA, WOW Architects, Emma Maxwell Design, A.RK Interior Design, ETHOSpace and TOPOS Design Studio.
Solomon Islands

The Solomon Islands, a nation of hundreds of islands in the South Pacific and with 611,343 people. Solomon Islands became a member of the Commonwealth in 1978 and an independent country on the 7th July 1978
South Africa

South Africa is a country on the southernmost tip of the African continent, marked by several distinct ecosystems and has 56,007,479 people. South Africa became a member of the Commonwealth in 1931, temporarily leaving 1961, and later rejoining in 1994. Paragon Interface receiving an SBID Award 2018 with past finalists Boogertman+Partners Architects, Nefertiti Design.
Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka, officially the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, is an island country in South Asia, located in the Indian Ocean. With a population of 21.44 million, Sri Lanka became a member of the Commonwealth in 1948.
St. Christopher and Nevis

Saint Kitts and Nevis is a dual-island nation situated between the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. With 55,345 people St Kitts and Nevis joined the Commonwealth in 1983 and became an independent country on the 19th September 1983.
St. Lucia

With 189,000 people in Saint Lucia, the Eastern Caribbean island nation has been a member of the Commonwealth since 1979. The country has more Nobel laureates per capita than any other country.
St Vincent and the Grenadines

St. Vincent and the Grenadines is a southern Caribbean nation comprising a main island, St. Vincent, and a chain of smaller islands and with a population of 109,897. St Vincent and the Grenadines joined the Commonwealth in 1979.
Swaziland

With 1,336,933 people in Swaziland, the small landlocked monarchy in southern Africa, is known for its wilderness reserves. Swaziland became a member of the Commonwealth in 1968. It is one of six landlocked Commonwealth countries, all of which are in Africa.
The Bahamas

The Bahamas is a coral-based archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean and has a population of 395,361 people. The Bahamas enjoys the third highest per capita income among all Western Hemisphere countries led only by the United States and Canada. The Bahamas joined the Commonwealth in 1973.
Tonga

Tonga is a Polynesian kingdom of more than 170 South Pacific islands, many uninhabited, most lined in white beaches, coral reefs and covered with tropical rain forest. Consisting of 108,020 people, Tonga became a member of the Commonwealth in 1970 and an independent country on the 4th June 1970.
Trinidad and Tobago

With 1,376,801 people, Trinidad and Tobago is a dual-island Caribbean nation near Venezuela, with distinctive Creole traditions and cuisines. Becoming a member of the Commonwealth in 1962.
Tuvalu

Tuvalu, in the South Pacific, is an independent island nation. Tuvalu became a member of the Commonwealth in 1978. With populations of about 10,000, it is one of the smallest Commonwealth member countries.
Uganda

Uganda is a landlocked East African country lying astride the equator. It is bordered by Sudan, Kenya, United Republic of Tanzania, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo and has a population of 42.86 million. Uganda became a member of the Commonwealth in 1962.
United Republic of Tanzania

With 57.31 million people, the United Republic of Tanzania borders the Indian Ocean to the east, and has land borders with eight countries. United Republic of Tanzania joined the Commonwealth in 1961.
Vanuatu

Vanuatu is a South Pacific Ocean nation made up of roughly 80 islands that stretch 1,300 kilometres and with 276,244 people. Vanuatu has been a member of the Commonwealth since 1980, gaining independence from joint rule of France and United Kingdom. Vanuatu has the fastest growing population among the Pacific island nations, increasing 2.4% annually (1990-2007).
Zambia

Zambia, in southern Africa, is a landlocked country of rugged terrain and diverse wildlife, with many parks and safari areas and with a population of 17.09 million. Zambia became a member of the Commonwealth in 1964. Zambia is one of six landlocked Commonwealth countries, all of which are in Africa.
Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is a landlocked country in southern Africa known for its dramatic landscape and wildlife. With a population of 16.53 million, Zimbabwe joined the Commonwealth from which it was suspended in 2002, before withdrawing in December 2003.

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