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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.
Flag of Brunei
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
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
Negara Brunei Darussalam
short form: Brunei
ISO Country Code: bn
Local Time = UTC +8h
Actual Time: Mon-Sept-25 17:47
Country Calling Code: +673
Capital City: Bandar Seri Begawan
Other Cities: Kuala Belait, Seria, Temburong, Panaga, Tutong.
Type: Malay Islamic Monarchy.
Independence: 1 January 1984.
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.
Population: 417,200 (2015)
Ethnic groups: Malay, Chinese, other indigenous groups.
Languages: Malay, English, Chinese; Iban and other indigenous dialects.
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.
Embassy of Brunei Darussalam
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.
Brunei Darussalam Meterological Department
Department of Economic Planning and Development
National Statistical Office of Brunei Darussalam.
Brunei in Figures
Brunei key statistical data.
Map of Brunei
Political Map of Brunei.
Google Earth Brunei
Searchable map and satellite view of Brunei.
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.
Map of Asia
Political Map of Asia.
NewsBrunei has a small but heavily censored media landscape.
Local and Borneo News.
Brunei local and business news site.
News outlet of Radio Televisyen Brunei (RTB)
Brunei News in Malay
Weekly official newspaper of the Government of Brunei Darussalam.
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 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.
Foto: David Kirkland
Business & Economy
Baiduri Bank Group
Banking, stock trading, and financing services.
Brunei Shell Marketing Company Sendirian Berhad
Shell in Brunei.
Royal Brunei Airlines
The national flag carrier airline, wholly owned by the government of Brunei.
Travel and Tour Consumer Information
Destination Brunei - Travel and Tour GuidesDiscover 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.
Official website of Brunei Tourism.
5 star Hotel and Country Club.
The Rizqun International Hotel
4 star Hotel.
Travel in Brunei.
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
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.
Brief History of Brunei Darussalam
A brief history about Brunei..
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
Open Directory: Brunei
The World Factbook -- Brunei
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