Brunei is a country lesser in size than the state of Delaware with a present population of only 436,000. It is located along the coast of the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia. Until 1983, Brunei was a self-governing territory of Britain. A peacefully formed government, timely implementation of economic policy, and access to petroleum fields led to a speedy growth, and soon Brunei became its own territory.
Brunei, lying along the Southeast Asian equator, is a tropical region subject to high humidity, heavy rains, and warm temperatures. The primary ethnicity in the country is Malay, and besides one coastline, Brunei is surrounded entirely by Malaysia. As such, its official language is Standard Malay. However, English is a business language in Brunei and many of its inhabitants speak it. Arabic is also a major language spoken in the country.
- The Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei has been listed as one of the richest people in the world, with a net worth of $20 billion. He has been head of state in Brunei since 1967.
- Historically, Brunei used to control nearly all of Borneo and some of the Philippines, making it a daunting regional power in the 15th and 16th centuries.
- Half of Brunei’s GDP is made up of natural gas and crude oil exports.
- It is rude to point with your index finger in Brunei, however, in some cases, it is allowed to use thumbs to point instead.
- After WWII, this Pacific country fought for its independence. Despite anticipated failure, Brunei is the world’s fifth richest nation by GDP per capita today.
- Brunei’s official name is Nation of Brunei, the Abode of Peace.
- Brunei owns a cattle farm in Australia whose area, at 2.62 thousand square miles, surpasses that of Brunei itself.
- The largest place of residence in Brunei is 17 floors tall and includes approximately 1,800 rooms.