Country: BRUNEIbrunei

Capital: Bandar Seri Begawan

Geographic Coordinates: 4 30 N, 114 40 E

Population: 395,027 (July 2010 est.)

Main Religion: Islam, Buddhism

Language: Malay (official), English, Chinese

Government Type: Constitutional sultanate

Head of State: Sultan and Prime Minister Sir HASSANAL Bolkiah

GDP in US Dollars (per capita):  $50,100 (2009 est.)

Main Indus

tries: petroleum, petroleum refining, liquefied natural gas, construction

Currency Code:   Bruneian dollar (BND)

Life Expectancy: 75 years (men), 80 years (women) (UN)

Environment - current issues: Seasonal smoke/haze resulting from forest fires in Indonesia

Issues facing Women and Children:

  • Domestic violence is one of the three social ills faced by Brunei, the other two being drug abuse and promiscuity. The consequences of domestic violence, which are physical, sexual and reproductive, psychological and behavioural, lead to fatalities and lasting impact on children.
  • Currently Brunei Darussalam has no legislation specific to domestic violence and a draft of the domestic violence order is still being considered by relevant authorities as the nation has been seeing a steady rise in domestic violence cases year-on-year from 2000 to 2006.

Land Mine Ban Signatory: Y

Local Media: Press:  Borneo Bulletin, Media Permata; Radio and TV: Radio Television Brunei

Interesting Fact: A country of dense forests and mangrove swamps whose people enjoy high subsidies and pay no taxes, Brunei is highly dependent on imports. Despite its immense wealth, most of the country outside the capital remains undeveloped and unexploited. Governed by the longest serving family monarchy in the world and financially secure because of its oil and gas resources, Brunei is also called "The Abode of Peace". In all the homes and business offices in Brunei, three portraits hang on the wall. One is of the Sultan and the other two are the current wives.

Famous for: Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Ulu Temburong National Park


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