The British Commonwealth

One could say that this is what is left of the British Empire. All but two of the Commonwealth countries were former British colonies. Fiji has been suspended several times. Zimbabwe was suspended but then chose to leave the Commonwealth.

In many cases being a Commonwealth member offers some advantages – Commonwealth educational qualifications and driving licences are recognised by Great Britain, it is easier to obtain work permits and if you are unde the age of 27 you are allowed to live and work in the UK on a working holiday visa.

Interesting fact – the top-level internet domain .tv is from Tuvalu. Such attractive top-level domains are financially valuable and Tuvalu earns many many millions of US dollars for leasing out the use of this domain.

Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

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