- The GDP per Capita for Brunei is $77,700* (compare to the U.S.A.'s $54,800*) *all rates in U.S. currency
- The unemployment rate is 2.6 putting them at the 19th spot world wide.
- Brunei has an external debt of $0.00!
- When traveling to Brunei, one would use the Bruneian dollar (with an exchange rate of 1 Bruneian dollar to $0.75 U.S.A. dollar).
- The major exports are crude oil, natural gas, and clothing. Meanwhile the major imports are metals, motor vehicles, machines, and food.
- Major trading partners include Japan, China, and Singapore.
Education in Brunei
- Primary Education: Children in Brunei will attend pre-primary school for one year and they will enroll in primary school for 6 years.
- Middle Education: The following 3 years will be spent at middle school, where students write their Brunei junior certificate of education examinations. Their results determine how their remaining years at school unfold.
- Secondary Education: Students who obtain adequate passes at middle school, spend 2 to 3 years at secondary school accumulating sufficient O-Levels to study further. Those who succeed, may write their A-Levels another 2 years later.
- Vocational Education: Students who obtain adequate passes at middle school, spend 2 to 3 years at secondary school accumulating sufficient O-Levels to study further. Those who succeed, may write their A-Levels another 2 years late.
Religion in Brunei
The Constitution identifies Islam as the official religion of Brunei. However, the Constitution does not impose any kind of restriction on the practice of any other religion.
Apart from Islam, other religions like Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity are also practiced in Brunei. A major section of the population, nearly 67%, are followers of Islam while 13 % of the population comprises of Buddhists. Hindus and Christians constitute an equal percentage of the population (around 10%). While there is no restriction upon the existence of other religions, preaching and conversion are strictly prohibited.
Islam in Brunei was first advocated by the 14th century ruler Awang Alak Betatar. He was the first ruler to adopt the religion.
A Brief History
- Brunei was under British control for nearly 100 years
- The sultan was able to gain back control of the country in 1954, but Britain was still responsible for "internal affairs and defense" for Brunei
- In 1984, however, they gained full independence.
- During World War ll, Japan took residency in Brunei, but Australia was able to push out Japan for the small country.
- During the 13-15th century, Brunei was under Hindu influence.
Politics of Today
- Brunei has a Constitutional Sultanate, also known as an absolute Monarchy.
- The country is run by the Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah.
- Brunei's Sultan ("King") also takes on the role of the country's Prime Minister.
- There is only one political party, the Parti Pembangunan, or a "National Development Party"
- The inhabitants of Brunei are allowed to use the internet freely, so long as what is said on the web does not show dissatisfaction towards their leader and doesn't encourage political reforms. However they are acceptable if they are on legitimate pages (think "World News" pages).
- In the East, the land is flat that raises up to create mountains.
- In the West, you will see many hilly-lowlands.
- Brunei is a Tropical Hot climate zone.
- The government is intent on saving Brunei's rainforest, with almost 100% of it being virgin ( not being exploited by the people) and over 50% the forest is under protection.
- The country has approximately 6,000 species of plants, 445 birds, and 157 mammal species!
Culture of Brunei
Food- The diet consists of rice and curries of vegetables, fish, shellfish, and fruits. Curries of water buffalo, chicken, and beef are consumed on special occasions. Game birds and animals (especially mouse deer, barking deer, and sambar) are eaten in rural areas. Many kinds of Malay rice cakes and confections are also eaten. Pork products are forbidden to Muslims. There is a wide range of open-air markets and restaurants in the main towns. A popular local drink is iced unripe coconut milk. Coffee is widely consumed.
Music in Brunei- Brunei is not particularly known for its traditional music and dance, but there are a few folk songs and dances which have survived. Malay folk music is more dominant in modern Brunei, often played by professional musicians at special celebrations such as weddings. The Brunei Music Society has been preserving classical music in Brunei since 1972.
Holidays- Most of the public holidays dates celebrated in Brunei differ each year. Many people of Brunei celebrate the End of Ramadan. They also celebrate National Day, the date of Independence from the United Kingdom in 1984, celebrated the 23rd of February.
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