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Countries of the World: Brunei
Resources about Brunei including maps, facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, and economy.

Economy of Brunei GDP (2008, Government of Brunei): U.S. $14.780 billion (BND 20.397 billion; 2008 Brunei Darussalam Statistical Yearbook-- BDSY). Growth rate (2008, Government of Brunei): -1.9%. Natural resources: Oil and natural gas. Trade: Exports--oil, liquefied natural gas, petroleum products, garments. Major markets--Japan, Indonesia, Korea, Australia, India. Imports--machinery and transport equipment, manufactured goods. Major suppliers--ASEAN, United States, Japan, China.

Geography of Brunei Area: 5,765 sq. km. (2,226 sq. mi.), slightly larger than Delaware. Cities: Capital--Bandar Seri Begawan. Terrain: East--flat coastal plain rises to mountains; west-- hilly lowland with a few mountain ridges. Climate: Equatorial; high temperatures, humidity, and rainfall.

Government of Brunei Type: Sultanate (Malay Islamic Monarchy). Independence: January 1, 1984. Constitution: 1959. Branches: Executive--Sultan is both head of state and Prime Minister, presiding over a 14-member cabinet. Legislative--a Legislative Council has been reactivated after a 20-year suspension to play an advisory role for the Sultan. Judicial (based on Indian penal code and English common law)-- magistrate's courts, High Court, Court of Appeals, Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (sits in London). Subdivisions: Four districts--Brunei-Muara, Belait, Tutong, and Temburong.

Map of Brunei This Map of Brunei shows the borders of the country, as well as rivers, and cities including Bandar Seri Begawan the capital of Brunei. (Maps from the U.S. State Department)

Official Name of Brunei The Official Name of Brunei is Brunei Darussalam. (Facts from the U.S. State Department)

People of Brunei Nationality: Noun and adjective--Bruneian(s). Population (2009 est.): 406,200. Annual population growth rate (2009 est., Government of Brunei): 2.1%. Ethnic groups: Malay, Chinese, other indigenous groups. Religion: Islam. Languages: Malay, English, Chinese; Iban and other indigenous dialects. Education: Years compulsory--9. Literacy (2006)--94.7%. Health: Life expectancy--men 76.6 years, women 79.8 years. Infant mortality rate (2008, Government of Brunei)--7.0/1,000.

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