List of countries that have gained independence from the United Kingdom

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This is a list of countries and territories formerly ruled or administered by the United Kingdom or part of the British Empire, with their independence days:

Country Date Year of Independence Notes
 Afghanistan 19 August 1919
 Antigua and Barbuda 1 November 1981
 Australia 1 January 1901
 Bahamas 10 July 1973
 Bahrain 16 December 1971 15 August 1971
 Barbados 30 November 1966 Barbados Independence Act 1966
 Belize 21 September 1981 September Celebrations of Belize
 Botswana 30 September 1966
 Brunei 1 January 1984
 Canada 1 July 1867 Constitution Act, 1867
Canada Day
 Cyprus 1 October 1960 16 August 1960, but Cyprus Independence Day is commonly celebrated on 1 October.[1]
 Dominica 3 November 1978
 Egypt 28 February 1922
 Fiji 10 October 1970
 The Gambia 18 February 1965
 Ghana 6 March 1957
 Grenada 7 February 1974 Independence Day (Grenada)
 Guyana 26 May 1966
 India 15 August 1947
 Israel 14 May 1948
 Iraq 3 October 1932


 Ireland (26 counties) 24 April (Easter Monday) 1922 Proclamation of the Irish Republic commencing the Easter Rising on 24 April 1916
 Jamaica 6 August 1962
 Jordan 25 May 1946
 Kenya 12 December 1963
 Kiribati 12 July 1979
 Kuwait 25 February 1961
 Lesotho 4 October 1966
 Malawi 6 July 1964
 Malaysia 31 August 1957 Hari Merdeka
 Maldives 26 July 1965
 Malta 21 September 1964
 Mauritius 12 March 1968
 Myanmar 4 January 1948
 Nauru 31 January 1968 Independence from the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand on 31 January 1968.
 New Zealand 6 February 1840 Celebrated as Waitangi Day. Also see Independence of New Zealand
 Nigeria 1 October 1960
 Pakistan 14 August 1947 Yaum e Azadi. Independence from the United Kingdom on 27 Ramadan ul Mubarik, 14 August 1947
 Qatar 3 September 1971 Qatar National Day
 Saint Lucia 22 February 1979
 Saint Kitts and Nevis 19 September 1983
 Seychelles 29 June 1976
 Sierra Leone 27 April 1961
 Solomon Islands 7 July 1978
 South Africa 11 December 1931 1931. Not a public holiday. Union of South Africa formed on 31 May 1910 and Republic of South Africa declared on 31 May 1961
 Sri Lanka 4 February 1948 4 February 1948, Sri Lanka had their independence. After nearly 150 years of the UK ruling the country, they finally had independence. At that time, the country's name was British Ceylon.
 Sudan 1 January 1956
 Swaziland 6 September 1968
 Tanzania 9 December 1961
 Trinidad and Tobago 31 August 1962
 Tuvalu 1 October 1978
 Uganda 9 October 1962
 United Arab Emirates 2 December 1971 National Day (United Arab Emirates)
 United States 4 July 1776 Fourth of July. Declaration of Independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain in 1776
 Vanuatu 30 July 1980 Independence from United Kingdom and France in 1980
 Yemen 30 November 1967 South Yemen 1967
 Zambia 24 October 1964
 Zimbabwe 18 April 1980

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "United Nations Member States". Un.org. Retrieved 4 November 2008.