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   Brunei

Introduction:
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.


Official name: Brunei Darussalam
Capital: name: Bandar Seri Begawan
geographic coordinates: 4 53 N, 114 56 E
time difference: UTC+8 (13 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Government type: constitutional sultanate
Population: 374,577 (July 2007 est.)
Languages: Malay (official), English, Chinese
Official Currency: Brunei Dollar (BND)
Currency code: BND
Area: total: 5,770 sq km
land: 5,270 sq km
water: 500 sq km
Climate: tropical; hot, humid, rainy


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Notes and Commentary: People - Economy - Government and Political Conditions - Historical Highlights - Foreign Relations - Relations with U.S.



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People
Government
Economy
Communications
Transportation
Military
Climate
Current Time
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Notes and Commentary
People
Economy
Government and Political Conditions
Historical Highlights
Foreign Relations
Relations with U.S.





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