Quick Facts

  • Officially called the Nation of Brunei
  • A British protectorate from 1888 to 1984; gained independence in 1984
  • Location: southeastern Asia, bordering the South China Sea and Malaysia
  • Area: 2,226 sq. miles, slightly smaller than the state of Delaware
  • Population: 429,646
  • Capital and major city: Bandar Seri Begawan (pop. 241,000)
  • Climate: tropical; hot, humid, rainy
  • Terrain: flat coastal plain rises to mountains in east, hilly lowland in west
  • Nationality: Bruneians
  • Official language: Malay
  • Official religion: Islam
  • Literacy rate: 96%
  • Economy: a small well-to-do economy.  Extensive petroleum and natural gas fields are the source of one of the highest per capita GDP’s in Asia. Ranked by Forbes Magazine as the 5th richest nation in the world. The government provides for all medical services and free education through the university level. It subsidizes rice and housing.
  • Current weather conditions: www.weather.com
  • Tips for travel in country: www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates: www.xe.com

 

Government in Power

  • A constiutional sultanate (Malay Islamic Monarch)
  • Sultan and Prime Minister: Sir Hassanal Bolkiah (since 1967)
  • The same family has ruled Brunei for over six centuries.

Healthcare Statistics

  • Maternal mortality rate: 23/100,000
  • Infant mortality rate: 10.16/1,000
  • Life expectancy: 76.97 years
  • Health expenditures: 2.5% GDP
  • Physicians density: 1.44 physicians/1,000 population
  • Hospital bed density: 2.8 beds/1,000 population
  • The government provides for all medical services.
  • Infectious disease updates: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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