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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Brunei


New map of Brunei

Officially known as the Nation of Brunei, the Abode of Peace in English and Negara Brunei Darussalam in Malay, BRUNEI is a relatively tiny country located on the island of Borneo. Brunei borders one country, Malaysia, on its western, southern, and eastern borders. The predominantly Muslim country also borders the South China Sea along its northern coast. Over 426,000 residents live in Brunei. Bruneians speak Malay (Brunei dialect) as the official language in addition to Belait, Bisaya, Chinese, English, Iban, Tutong, and others. The capital of Brunei is Bandar Seri Begawan, which has a population greater than 64,000. Other communities in Brunei include Badas, Bangar, Kuala Belait, Labi, Muara, Seria, and Tutong. The currency is the Brunei Dollar, and its ISO 4217 currency code is BND. Sultan, leader, and billionaire Hassanal Bolkiah is known to be one of the world's richest individuals and even has shiny gold-plated Mercedes-Benz and Rolls-Royce vehicles. Brunei's sparsely-populated southern tier is dominated by rainforests and natural preserves, such as Ulu Temburong National Park. To access a detailed post about Brunei, visit this post about Brunei's rivers.

This post was updated with a new map on August 17th, 2016.

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