50 Fascinating Facts About Brunei

Brunei is a tiny independent country sandwiched between the Malaysian states of the States of Sabah and Sarawak of the Southeast Asian Island of Borneo. Brunei is a tiny republic located in the northern part of Borneo Island. It has one of the wealthiest economies in Southeast Asia. The country's primary source of riches is its natural gas and oil deposits. Brunei has one of the world's highest qualities of life. It's a country that excites and amazes in equal measure, with vast oil and gas reserves, astounding wildlife, and is one of the world's longest-reigning absolute rulers. Are you interested in learning more about this tiny sultanate? The following are some fascinating facts about Brunei.

Fascinating Facts:

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Brunei Darussalam's name translates as "abode of peace," which is mainly accurate considering the country's higher lifestyle and longer life expectancy.
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Brunei Is Home to The World's Largest Residential Palace, the Istana Nurul Iman. It is the Sultan of Brunei's official residence.
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Brunei is a small country located in Asia on the Borneo Island. After Bahrain, Singapore, and Bahrain, Maldives. It is Asia's fourth-smallest country.
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Brunei's oil and gas exports contribute to the country's top-ten GDP per capita ranking.
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It is home to the world's largest stilt community.
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In 2018, except for Singapore, Brunei rated better on the Human Development Index than any other country in Southeast Asia.
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Brunei is widely regarded as Southeast Asia's most devout Islamic nation. The country is dotted with magnificent mosques. Outside of prayer times and in proper attire, visitors are allowed inside mosques.
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In Brunei, An Entire Settlement Is Hung from Stilts above a River.
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Malay is the official language
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Brunei is endowed with vast natural gas reserves. Over 90% of Brunei's total exports are oil and gas.
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The Sultan of Brunei is among the world's wealthiest men. Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah's net worth is believed to be $20 billion, ranking him one of the world's wealthiest people.
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The country has one of the highest percentages of car ownership globally, with 721 cars per 1,000 people.
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Brunei Is Asia's First Country to Prohibit Shark Finning.
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According to Chinese and Arab texts, the country of Brunei was established at the mouth of the Brunei River as early as the 7th or 8th century AD.
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Brunei is one of the world's least populous countries. Brunei has a population of fewer than 450,000, ranking it as the world's 175th most populous country.
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In 2014, Brunei introduced legislation making homosexuality a serious offense penalized by ten years in jail. In 2019, the death penalty was announced to be executed by stoning.
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The nation is afflicted by an obesity pandemic. According to a 2016 survey, 30% of adults and 17percent of adolescents in Brunei are obese.
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Brunei may be tiny, yet it is home to an abundance of species. 70% of the land is covered in rainforests, most of which are protected.
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Brunei was also the first country in East Asia to implement strict Muslim Sharia law in 2014. It permits capital punishments like stoning and amputation for adultery and theft.
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Brunei's citizens are entitled to free education and health care.
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Brunei Is Home to Southeast Asia's Largest And The Most Costly Amusement Park, Jerudong Park.
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Between the 15th and 17th centuries, the Sultanate of Brunei ruled over vast swaths of northwestern Borneo and the southern Philippines.
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Brunei is among Asia's most religiously devoted countries. A fascinating fact about Brunei is that no liquor may be sold or drank in public.
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Brunei's literacy rate is projected to be 97.2 percent.
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Brunei is a prosperous country with a high standard of living, but some parts of its human rights situation are concerning.
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In Brunei, caning is still used as a form of punishment for offenses.
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The Sultan of Brunei has an honorary rank in the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Navy of the United Kingdom.
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Although non-Muslims are permitted to transport up to two liters of alcohol into the nation.
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The mosques of Brunei are renowned for their beauty and grandeur. The design of these mosques is an excellent blend of traditional and contemporary characteristics.
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Brunei was established as a British protectorate in 1888. It was the only Malay state to vote against joining the republic that would become Malaysia in 1963. In 1984, Brunei achieved complete independence from the United Kingdom.
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Japan entered World War II in December 1941, when it bombed Pearl Harbor. They immediately attacked Borneo to gain access to the oil deposits in Sarawak and Brunei.
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Brunei's Sultan Is the World's Second-Longest Reigning Monarch.
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Brunei's Rainforests contain some of the world's most endangered wildlife species. These woodlands are home to some of the world's most endangered flora and animal species.
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The Sultan is the world's second-wealthiest king, after Thailand's King.
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Brunei citizens do not pay any income tax. Brunei is one of only 13 countries with a 0% personal income tax.
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It is considered disrespectful in Brunei to point with one's the index finger. Instead, the thumb is employed.
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At 1,850 meters (6,069 feet), Bukit Pagon is the country's highest point, located along the Malaysian border.
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Brunei is a micronation island of Borneo, divided into two different regions by the Malaysian and the South China Sea.
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The Royal Regalia Building houses the Sultan's whole regalia, including the crown and royal chariot, as well as a sizable collection of treasures.
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Brunei Has A Monument Commemorating The Production Of The Billionth Barrel Of Oil. In 1991, the Billionth Barrel Monument was dedicated to commemorating the billionth barrel of oil production at the Seria oilfield.
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The Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque is one of Brunei's most recognized landmarks. The central dome is constructed of 3.5 million glass mosaic pieces and is encrusted with genuine gold leaf.
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Brunei's currency is the Brunei dollar (BND).
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Ambuyat is Brunei's national dish.
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With an area of 5,765 square kilometers, it is the 164th largest country globally.
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Brunei has a coastline of 161 kilometers (100 miles).
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However, the country's real name is Negara Brunei Darussalam. Here, Negara refers to the "country," whereas Darussalam refers to the "abode of peace."
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The Sultan of Brunei is the country's absolute ruler. He is the country's Prime Minister, Defense Minister, and Finance Minister. He possesses complete executive authority and is also the state's head.
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Despite its diminutive size, Brunei is home to a variety of endangered species. 70% of the country is covered with forest, the majority of which is protected. Pangolins, probosci's monkeys, Sunda clouded leopards, numerous kinds of rare hornbills, and slow loris primates are notable species.
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The Istana Nurul Iman is the Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah's official residence and the seat of the Brunei government.
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Brunei is primarily located inside the Borneo lowland rain forests, and its scenery is characterized by fertile, hilly lowlands - except the mountainous east.

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