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The Sultanate of Brunei's influence peaked between the 15th and 17th centuries when its control extended over coastal areas of northwest Borneo and the southern Philippines. Brunei subsequently entered a period of decline brought on by internal strife over royal succession, colonial expansion of European powers, and piracy. In 1888, Brunei became a British protectorate; independence was achieved in 1984. The same family has ruled Brunei for over six centuries. Brunei benefits from extensive petroleum and natural gas fields, the source of one of the highest per capita GDPs in Asia.

Languages & Population

Approximate Population: 374,577 (July 2007 est.)

Nationality (Noun): Bruneian(s)

Nationality (Adjective): Bruneian

Official Language(s): Malay

Major Languages Spoken: Chinese, English, Malay

Map of Brunei

Country Facts

Country Name (long form): Brunei Darussalam

Country Name (short form): Brunei

Country Name (local long form): Negara Brunei Darussalam

Country Name (local short form): Brunei

Name of Capital: Bandar Seri Begawan

UTC Time Difference (from capital): UTC+8 (13 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)

Countries Near by, and Bordering Brunei: Malaysia

Land Area: 5270 sq km

Water Area: 500 sq km

Comparative Area: slightly smaller than Delaware

Total Land Boundry: 381 km

Coastline: 161 km

National Holiday: National Day, 23 February (1984)

International Phone Code: 673

Currency Code: Bruneian dollar (BND)

Internet Country Code: .bn

US Embassy Location: Third Floor, Teck Guan Plaza, Jalan Sultan, Bandar Seri Begawan, BS8811

US Embassy Mailing Address: PSC 470 (BSB), FPO AP 96507; P.O. Box 2991, Bandar Seri Begawan BS8675, Negara Brunei Darussalam


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