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A Closer Look at... Brunei
OFFICIAL NAME
 spacer-transp Negara Brunei Darussalam
GEOGRAPHY
Terrain: East--flat coastal plains with beaches; west--hilly with a few mountain ridges. Climate: Equatorial; high temperatures, humidity, and rainfall.
AREA
5,765 sq km / 2,226 sq miles
COMPARATIVE
Slightly larger than Delaware
POPULATION
348,800 (2003 estimate)
CAPITAL
Bandar Seri Begawan
LITERACY
94.7% (age 15+ and can read and write)
LANGUAGE

 

Official: Malay

Other: C hinese and English

RELIGION

 

Muslim - 65%

Buddhist - 15%

Christian - 10%

POLITICS
Malay Islamic Monarchy becoming fully independent on January 1, 1984. Under Brunei's 1959 constitution, the Sultan is the head of state with full executive authority, including emergency powers since 1962.
INCOME
Per capita income US$ 18,000 a year
CURRENCY
Brunei dollar (B$)
TIME ZONE
GMT/UTC +8
SOURCES
Statistics provided by a variety of sources, but mostly the U.S. State Department, the U.N. Statistics Division, and BBC News.

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