Brunei Darussalam

Languages:

Malay, English, Chinese 

Time zone:

Brunei Darussalam Time (UTC+8) 

Electricity:

220/240 volts AC 50Hz. Plugs are either round or square three-pin 

Area:

5,765 sq km 

Population:

417,200 (Jul 2015 estimate) 

Currency:

Brunei dollar (BND) 

Religion:

Sunni Islam 

Government:

Malay Islamic Monarchy 

Phone code:

+673 

Brunei Darussalam is a small sultanate on the northern shore of Borneo island in Asia.
The tiny sultanate of Brunei Darussalam is one of the richest countries in the world due to its extensive oil and gas deposits. The country is ruled by a dynasty dating from more than 600 years, but it is actually independent only from 1984.
More than 400 years ago, just after the acceptance of Islam, Brunei become a great empire including the whole Borneo and parts of the Philippines, but with the advance of Spanish and British interests in the area, they remained on the current 2 small pieces of Borneo.
As the laws against alcohol and crime are extremely tough, Brunei is a safe place for family and sports vacations. The standards of living, however, are very high, as the Sultan is subsidizing many areas of the life, so be be prepared for prices higher than average. On the other hand, there are no taxes in Brunei which partially makes up for the high prices.

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