FACTS ABOUT BRUNEI
Brunei is located north-west corner of the island of Borneo. It has a land border with the Malaysian state of Sarawak and a coastline along the shore of the South China Sea, encompassing a total area of 5,765 square kilometres.
Brunei is divided into four districts : Brunei-muara, Tutong, Belait and Temburong.
Bandar Seri Begawan, the country's capital is located in the Brunei Muara district.
About 70% of Brunei's land area is covered by unspoiled rainforest, home to many varieties of flora and fauna found only on the island of Borneo. A great portion of the country's dense rainforest is situated in and around Temburong district.
Brunei's population is mainly composed of Malays with a mixture of Chinese and Indian communities.
The state is ruled, in accordance with traditional Islamic values, by His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu 'izzadin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di Pertuan of Negara Brunei Darussalam.
Bahasa Melayu is the official language but English is widely spoken and understood by a large part of Brunei's population.
The economy is a mixture of foreign and domestic entrepreneurship, government regulation and welfare measures, and village tradition. Brunei is almost totally supported by exports of crude oil and natural gas, with revenues from the petroleum sector accounting for more than 50% of GDP. Per capita GDP of $8,800 is among the highest in the Third World, and substantial income from overseas investment supplements domestic production. The government provides for all medical services and subsidizes food and housing.
The sale and public consumption of alcohol is banned. Foreigners and non-Muslims are allowed to bring in twelve cans of beer and two litres of other alcohol (e.g. wine or spirits, no distinction is made for alcohol content).
Brunei enjoys a warm, equatorial climate year-round with very minor seasonal variations. The average temperature is 28 degrees Celsius.