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Brunei Facts for Kids

Brunei Facts for Kids

  • Brunei is a country in Southeast Asia.
  • Brunei is the State of Brunei, Adobe of Peace.
  • The capital of Brunei is Bandar Seri Begawan.
  • The leader is Hassanal Bolkiah the Sultan and Prime Minister of Brunei. He is one of the world’s richest people. He owns a lot of oil.
  • The native language of Brunei is Malay. English is the second language.
  • Chinese is also spoken in Brunei.
  • People in Brunei are Bruneians.
  • Islam is the main religion in Brunei.
  • People also follow Buddhism and Animism in Brunei.
  • There are some Christians in Brunei.
  • Brunei is a Legislative Council.
  • Great Britain ruled Brunei for over 100 years.
  • Brunei gained independence from Great Britain on January 1, 1984.
  • Brunei has a small population of just over 430,000 people.
  • Brunei’s currency is the Bruneian dollar (BND).
  • Brunei makes most of its income from selling natural resources.
  • Brunei is an oil-rich country.
  • Brunei is the third-largest oil producer in South East Asia.
  • It produces 163,000 barrels of oil each day.
  • Brunei has natural gas and timber.
  • The currency of Brunei is the Brunei Ringgit. It is for trade. The Singapore dollar is also a currency of Brunei.
  • The major industries in Brunei are petroleum, liquified natural gas, and construction. Brunei’s agricultural products are rice, vegetables, fruits, chickens, water buffalos, and eggs. Brunei is the world’s fourth-largest producer of liquified natural gas.
  • Brunei’s major imports are machinery and transport equipment, manufactured goods, food, and chemicals. There is a shortage of skilled workforce in Brunei.
  • Brunei is landlocked by Malaysia. Brunei and Malaysia share the island of Borneo. Brunei is the only whole sovereign state on Borneo. The South China Sea is north of Brunei. The Philippines is northeast of Brunei. Brunei has a total area of 5,765 square kilometers (2,226 square miles). Brunei is smaller than the state of Delaware.
  • Brunei had four districts. They are Brunei/Muara, Tutong, Belait, and Temburong.
  • There are no places in Brunei that have ‘city’ status. Important places in Brunei include Bandar Seri Begawan, Kuala Belait, Seria, Jerudong, Tutong, Bangar, Muara Town – the only deep-sea port of Brunei is here, Sukang, Panaga
  • Brunei is jungles and coastal lands. Some of Brunei’s forests are cut down for lumber and farmland. The government tries to protect natural areas.
  • The terrain in Brunei is flat coastal plains. There are mountains in the east. There are hilly lowlands in the west. The highest point in Brunei is Bukit Pagon at 1,850 meters. Brunei has 161 kilometers (100 miles) of coastline.
  • Brunei’s climate is tropical. It is hot and humid. It rains a lot in Brunei.
  • Brunei is the 164th largest country in the world.
  • Bandar Seri Begawan was Brunei Town. It is Brunei’s largest ‘city’ or area.
  • Ulu Temburong National Park was the first national park in Brunei. It is protected since 1991. It is in Temburong District in eastern Brunei. It covers 40% of the district. It takes up 550 square kilometers (210 square miles).
  • The Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque is a major historical site in Brunei. It is a famous tourist attraction. It is one of the most beautiful mosques in the Asia Pacific.
  • Jame’asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque is the largest mosque in Brunei. It is in Bandar Seri Begawan. It opened in 1994. It honors the sultan’s 25th anniversary of power. It is the Kiarong Mosque to locals.
  • The Istana Nurul Iman is the residence of the Sultan of Brunei. It is located on the Brunei River. It is south of Bandar Seri Begawan. It is the center of state occasions.
  • Jerudong Park is an amusement park in Brunei. It is the largest and most expensive amusement park in South East Asia. The Bruneian government built it for $1 billion. When the park opened it had free admission and rides.
  • The Sultan of Brunei is the second richest royal in the world. He falls behind the King of Thailand. The Sultan is the Defense Minister, Prime Minister, and Finance Minister of Brunei.
  • The national dish of Brunei is Ambuyat. It is made from the inside trunk of the sago palm. It is like tapioca starch.
  • Bruneians do not shake hands with people of the opposite sex.
  • It is rude to point with the index finger in Brunei. Bruneians point with the thumb.
  • The literacy rate for adults in Brunei is 92%.
  • The life expectancy in Brunei is 76 years.
  • Brunei is a small country. Not many people live in Brunei. Its culture comes from the Old Malay World.