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A virtual guide to Brunei. Get an overview of Brunei's art, culture, people, environment, geography, history, economy and its government.
Beside a country profile with facts and figures, this page offers maps, statistics, weather information, and links to sources that provide you with information about this South Asian nation, e.g.: official web sites of Brunei, addresses of Brunei and foreign embassies, domestic airlines, local news, city- and country guides with extensive travel and tourism information on accommodation, tourist attractions, events and more.

Soas Mosque
Soas Mosque © Brunei Tourism
Foto: David Kirkland
 

Negara Brunei Darussalam

Country Profile


Brunei Flag
Flag of Brunei

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)

border country: Malaysia

related countries: United Kingdom

 
Where in Asia is Brunei?
Official Name:
Negara Brunei Darussalam
short form: Brunei

ISO Country Code: bn

Time:
Local Time = UTC +8h
Actual Time: Wed-Apr-16  23:58

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 kmĀ² (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: 423,000 (2011)
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.

Currency: Bruneian Dollar (BND)

Brunei in Figures
More Brunei key statistical data.

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Official Sites of Brunei

royal The Sultan of Brunei
His Majesty Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan of Brunei Darussalam
royal The Crown Prince
His Majesty Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Muda Mahkota Haji Al-muhtadee Billah's Home Page.

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


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

Brunei E-Government
Brunei's E-Government program.


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 Meteorological Service
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

Borneo Bulletin
Local and Borneo News.
BruDirect
Brunei News and Business site.
The Brunei Times
Daily news site.

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

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

 

Arts & Culture

Brunei Culture and Information
Arts and Culture of Brunei - ASEAN Committee on Culture and Information.
 

 

Business & Economy

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


BSMENet
Information network for Brunei Darussalam's small and medium enterprises.

Brunei Shell Marketing Company Sendirian Berhad
Shell in Brunei.

Transportation
Airline
Royal Brunei Airlines
The national airline.
 
 

Destination Brunei - Travel and Tour Guides

Discover Brunei: accommodation, hotels, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, biking, skiing, hiking, climbing, cruising, diving, tours and much more.

Brunei Tourism
Official website of Brunei Tourism.

Brunei Darussalam Homepage
Discover Brunei.

Hotels
The Empire
Hotel & Country Club.

More Hotels
Hotels in Brunei
Find a Hotel in Brunei.
 
Tour Operator
bruneitourism.com
Travel in Brunei.
 
Travel and Tour Consumer Information


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.
 
 

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 Key Dates
Some Brunei Key Dates.
Brunei History
Overview of Brunei's History.
Brunei History Centre
Institution for research and documentation of Brunei's History.
 
 

Additional Information about Brunei


BBC News Country Profile: Brunei
Open Directory: Brunei Darussalam
Wikipedia: Brunei
The World Factbook -- Brunei
 
 

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