Countries to have gained independence from the U.K.

Can you name all of the countries to have gained independence from the United Kingdom
Excluding dominions (Answer is from date of final relinquish of British power)
*unrecognized independent state
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Year of Independence
Country
1776
United States of America
1922
Egypt
1922
Ireland
1932
Iraq
1946
Jordan
1947
India
1947
Pakistan
1948
Israel
1948
Myanmar
1948
Sri Lanka
1956
Sudan
1957
Ghana
1957
Malaysia
1960
Cyprus
1960
Nigeria
1960*
Somaliland
1961
Kuwait
1961
Sierra Leone
1961
South Africa
1961
Tanzania
1962
Jamaica
1962
Samoa
1962
Trinidad and Tobago
1962
Uganda
1963
Kenya
1964
Malawi
1964
Malta
1964
Zambia
1965
The Gambia
1965
Maldives
1966
Barbados
Year of Independence
Country
1966
Botswana
1966
Guyana
1966
Lesotho
1967
Yemen
1968
Mauritius
1968
Nauru
1968
Swaziland
1970
Fiji
1971
Bahrain
1971
Qatar
1971
United Arab Emirates
1973
Bahamas
1974
Grenada
1975
Papua New Guinea
1976
Seychelles
1978
Dominica
1978
Solomon Islands
1978
Tuvalu
1979
Kiribati
1979
Saint Lucia
1979
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
1980
Vanuatu
1980
Zimbabwe
1981
Antigua and Barbuda
1981
Belize
1982
Canada
1983
Saint Kitts and Nevis
1984
Brunei
1986
Australia
1986
New Zealand
15 Comments
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Level 68
Sep 17, 2014
Sorry, but on no reasonable theory did Canada gain independence in 1982 (patriation of constitution). 1867 (Confederation) or 1931 (Treaty of Westminster) could both be argued for.
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Level 28
Sep 17, 2014
Read the explanation. excluding dominions, and date is from the final relinquish of British power. They became a dominion in 1867 as you said, however they fully relinquished British power on 17 April 1982, when the Canada Act 1982 was passed. They still have gained independence from the Untied Kingdom in the past regardless of the date. Canada is still an answer to this quiz, and the date is only a clue. If I was to change the answer (which would be incorrect based on my explanation) I would also have to change the date for Australia, Ireland, South Africa and New Zealand who all have a similar evolution to independence. It is consistent and correct as it is.
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Level 39
Mar 15, 2015
An interesting quiz, thanks for making it. A couple of minor points. PNG and Samoa did not become independent from the UK - they became indep. from Australia and NZ respectively.

And it is certainly news to me than NZ and Australia became indep. in 1986! A bit legalistic, perhaps? I am from NZ and was taught in school became indep. in 1948 when it finally adopted the Statute of Westminster. Perhaps it is only when we finally get rid of the UK monarchy and become republics that full independence will be achieved?

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Level 28
Mar 16, 2015
Thanks for your feedback. It was hard to stay consistent while writing the answers for this. As I said in the instructions, the answer is from the date of final relinquish of British power. The final relinquish of any link of British power in New Zealand was in 1986 because of the Constitution Act 1986 (I am also from New Zealand). According to my criteria New Zealand and Australia were not 100% independent from the UK when PNG and Samoa became independent i decided to include them as answers in the quiz. I agree with your points but I decided to do the quiz this way as I thought it would be the least confusing (although it still seems to create some confusion). And I agree that perhaps the commonwealth nations are not fully independent however that would make this quiz is redundant so i'll leave it as it is.
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Level 32
Apr 16, 2015
Canada became independent in 1982???? I think it was way before...some 1860s or 1870s...
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Level 28
Apr 16, 2015
Read the other comments and instructions carefully. Then google the Canada Act 1982. It's not that hard
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Level 84
Jul 8, 2015
You're missing St Vincent & the Grenadines--1979.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Vincent_and_the_Grenadines

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Level 28
Jul 10, 2015
Yes you're right, thank you. I will update the quiz
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Level 83
Sep 16, 2015
I had no idea we even owned some of these places. I managed to miss Guyana because I skimmed over South America as I was working through the continents.
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Level 61
Jun 13, 2016
Somaliland? Really? Yeah, I know the 'state' claims to be the successor to the British protectorate, but for 31 years they were part of Somalia. If they gained their independence from anyone (which no other nation thinks they have not even the other unrecognized nations!) it was from Somalia not the UK. I'd say including Somalia as independent from the UK in 1960 is actually reasonable.

Also Papua New Guinea gained their independence from Australia not the UK.

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Level 28
Jul 7, 2016
The asterisk indicates that the answer is an unrecognised state, as stated in the quiz instructions. Somaliland was formerly known as British Somaliland which was a Protectorate of the United Kingdom
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Level 61
Jul 10, 2016
By that same train of thought then, you need to also include Palestine.
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Level 59
Jan 25, 2019
I know im like years late but tbh would make more sense to include dominions because its generally accepted that Canada became independant in 1867 and not 1982, any history book would tell you that, just my 2 cents
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Level 55
Jul 31, 2020
Somaliland = Somalia

Swaziland = Eswatini

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Level 38
Feb 19, 2021
somaliland is just the northern part of modern Somalia