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Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, Bandar Seri Begawan
Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque in Bandar Seri Begawan, considered as one of the most beautiful mosques in the Asia Pacific.
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Location map of Brunei
A virtual guide to Brunei, a small oil-rich sultanate along the northern coast of the island of Borneo, bordering the South China Sea and Malaysia. Brunei consists of two non-contiguous parts divided by a portion of the Malaysian state of Sarawak. The country shares maritime borders with China and Malaysia. Brunei has claimed a continental shelf/exclusive economic zone stretching 200 nautical miles from its coast, which extends Brunei territorial waters deep into the middle of the South China Sea.

Brunei occupies an area of of 5,765 km², the country is slightly larger than twice the size of Luxembourg, or slightly smaller than the U.S. state of Delaware.

The country has a population of of 417,200 people (in 2015). National capital is Bandar Seri Begawan. Spoken languages are Bahasa Melayu (Malay, official), English, Chinese and native languages of Borneo.
In 2014 Brunei became the first East Asian country to adopt strict Islamic sharia law.

Get an overview of Brunei's art, culture, people, environment, geography, history, economy and its government.
 

Negara Brunei Darussalam


Country Profile




Background:
The Sultanate of Brunei's heyday occurred between the 15th and 17th centuries, when its control extended over coastal areas of northwest Borneo and the southern Philippines.

Brunei subsequently entered a period of decline brought on by internal strife over royal succession, colonial expansion of European powers, and piracy.

In 1888, Brunei became a British protectorate; independence was achieved in 1984. Brunei benefits from extensive petroleum and natural gas fields, the source of one of the highest per capita GDPs in the less developed countries. The same family has now ruled in Brunei for over six centuries.
(Source: CIA - The World Factbook)

Related countries: United Kingdom
 

 

Official Name:
Negara Brunei Darussalam
short form: Brunei

ISO Country Code: bn

Time:
Local Time = UTC +8h
Actual Time: Sat-Oct-21  01:41

Country Calling Code: +673

Capital City: Bandar Seri Begawan

Other Cities: Kuala Belait, Seria, Temburong, Panaga, Tutong.

Government:
Type: Malay Islamic Monarchy.
Independence: 1 January 1984.
Constitution: 1959.

Geography:
Location: Southeastern Asia, on the island Borneo bordering the South China Sea and Brunei Bay.
Area: 5,765 km² (2,226 sq. mi.).
Terrain: East--flat coastal plain rises to mountains; west--hilly lowland with a few mountain ridges.

Climate: Equatorial tropical; high temperatures, humidity, and rainfall.

People:
Nationality: Bruneian(s).
Population: 417,200 (2015)
Ethnic groups: Malay, Chinese, other indigenous groups.
Religion: Islam.
Languages: Malay, English, Chinese; Iban and other indigenous dialects.
Literacy: 94.7%.

Natural resources: Oil and natural gas.

Agriculture products: Rice, vegetables, fruits; livestock, forestry, fish.

Industries: Petroleum, petroleum refining, liquefied natural gas, construction.

Exports - commodities: mineral fuels, organic chemicals

Exports partners: Japan 35.9%, South Korea 14.8%, Thailand 10.8%, India 9.8%, NZ 5.6%, Australia 5% (2015)

Imports - commodities: machinery and mechanical appliance parts, mineral fuels, motor vehicles, electric machinery

Imports partners: Singapore 27.9%, China 25.3%, Malaysia 12.4%, UK 10.6%, South Korea 4.9% (2015)

Currency: Bruneian Dollar (BND)

Brunei in Figures
More Brunei key statistical data.


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Official Sites of Brunei


The Government Of Brunei Darussalam
The official government of Brunei website.


Prime Minister's Office
The Official website with comprehensive information about Brunei Darussalam.


Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Official website of the ministry with information about the country.

Diplomatic Missions
Embassy of Brunei Darussalam
Washington, D.C.
Brunei Diplomatic Missions Abroad
Address list of Brunei Darussalam's Missions Abroad.
Foreign Diplomatic Missions in Brunei
Address list of Diplomatic Missions accredited to Brunei.

Weather
Brunei Darussalam Meterological Department
Brunei weather.

Statistics
Department of Economic Planning and Development
National Statistical Office of Brunei Darussalam.

Brunei in Figures
Brunei key statistical data.

Maps

Map of Brunei
Political Map of Brunei.
Google Earth Google Earth Brunei
Searchable map and satellite view of Brunei.
Google Earth Google Earth Bandar Seri Begawan
Searchable map and satellite view of Brunei's capital city.

Map of Southeast Asia
Map of the Southeast Asia region.
profile Map of Asia
Political Map of Asia.

 

News

Brunei has a small but heavily censored media landscape.

Borneo Bulletin
Local and Borneo News.
BruDirect
Brunei local and business news site.
RTB News
News outlet of Radio Televisyen Brunei (RTB)

Brunei News in Malay
Media Permata
Online news.
Pelita Brunei
Weekly official newspaper of the Government of Brunei Darussalam.

Defunct Newspapers
The Brunei Times (ceased publication in November 2016)
The Brunei Times was an independent English-language daily published in Brunei Darussalam from 2006 to 2016. It was closed after criticising Saudi Arabia's Mecca visa price-hike.

Radio/TV
Radio Televisyen Brunei (RTB)
Provides Brunei news, video streaming and net radio.
 

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Arts & Culture


Brunei Museum (Muzium Brunei)
The national museum of Brunei in Kota Batu near Bandar Seri Begawan. The museum offers an Islamic-art gallery, a natural history gallery, and a gallery to showcase temporary exhibitions. The National Museum of Brunei lacks its own website.

Brunei Darussalam Maritime Museum 
The ship-like museum offers three galleries. Two for permanent exhibition and a third gallery for temporary exhibitions. On display are some of the more than 13,000 artefacts mostly pottery, baked in the kilns of China, Vietnam and Thailand, excavated from a great junk which sank off the shore of Borneo about 500 years ago.
(no website)

Soas Mosque
Soas Mosque © Brunei Tourism
Foto: David Kirkland

Business & Economy


Baiduri Bank Group
Banking, stock trading, and financing services.

Brunei Shell Marketing Company Sendirian Berhad
Shell in Brunei.

Transportation

Royal Brunei Airlines
The national flag carrier airline, wholly owned by the government of Brunei.
 
 
Kuala Belait, Brunei
Kuala Belait is the second largest town in the country, located in the south-west of Brunei Darussalam.
Image: IQRemix

Travel and Tour Consumer Information


Destination Brunei - Travel and Tour Guides

Discover Brunei: Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque, Istana Nurul Iman, Jerudong Park Country Club, Taman Peranginan TasekPark, Ulu Temburong National Park, accommodation, hotels, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, beaches, cruising, diving, tours and much more.

Brunei Tourism
Official website of Brunei Tourism.

Hotels
The Empire
5 star Hotel and Country Club.
The Rizqun International Hotel
4 star Hotel.
 
Tour Operator
bruneitourism.com
Travel in Brunei.
 
 

Education


Ministry of Education
Official website of the Ministry with information about Brunei's schoolsystem.

Institute Technology of Brunei
The academic programmes of the Institute are divided into two schools namely the School of Engineering and the School of Business management and Information Technology.

Universiti Brunei Darussalam
The Brunei University, founded in 1985.
The Discover Brunei Course
Discover Brunei course by Brunei University.
 
 

Environment & Nature


Forestry Department
Official website with information about Brunei's forestry, - more than 80% Brunei Darussalam's land area is covered by forest.

Heart of Borneo Forests
WWF aims to assist Borneo's 3 nations (Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia) to conserve the area known as the Heart of Borneo.
 
 

History


Brief History of Brunei Darussalam
A brief history about Brunei..

Brunei History
Overview of Brunei's History.

Brunei History Centre
Institution for research and documentation of Brunei's History.
 
 

Additional Information about Brunei


BBC Country Profile: Brunei

The Commonwealth: Brunei

GlobalEDGE: Brunei

Open Directory: Brunei
Darussalam


Wikipedia: Brunei

The World Factbook -- Brunei
 
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