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Top 10 Facts about Brunei Darussalam
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Top 10 Facts about Brunei Darussalam

 Brunei is a tiny, independent, oil-rich country wedged between the states of Sarawak and Sabah on the Malaysian side (northeast) of the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia.

Thanks to its abundance of oil reserve, Brunei continues to prosper. Public debt in Brunei is zero percent, Bruneians get free education and health care, subsidized food and housing, and they do not pay personal income taxes. 
 
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Some interesting facts about Brunei Darussalam :
 
A senior Bruneian | open doors canada
A senior Bruneian | open doors canada
 
1. The name Brunei Darussalam means "abode of peace" which is mostly true given the country's higher standard of living and longer life expectancy (average is 79.05 years in 2015) than many other countries.
 
Sultan Hasanal Bolkiah | The Daily Brunei Resources
Sultan Hasanal Bolkiah | The Daily Brunei Resources
 
2. The Sultan of Brunei holds an honorary commission in the United Kingdom's Royal Air Force and Royal Navy.
 
3. In 2015, Brunei ranked higher on the Human Development Index (31st overall in the index) than all other countries in Southeast Asia aside from Singapore.
 
 
Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin mosque | Shutterstock
Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin mosque | Shutterstock
 
4. Brunei is considered to be the most observant Islamic nation in Southeast Asia. Beautiful mosques dot the country. Visitors are welcome inside of mosques outside of prayer times and with proper dress 

5. Whenever Bruneians enter someone else’s house, they always take off their shoes. 
 
Traffic in Brunei | anakbrunei.com
Traffic in Brunei | anakbrunei.com
 
6. Brunei has one of the highest car-ownership rates (roughly one car per every two people) in the world.
 
Olympic 1988 Seoul | spaziomondo
Olympic 1988 Seoul | spaziomondo
 
7. When Brunei first participated at the 1988 Olympic Games, its delegation was composed of a single official and no athletes. 
 
8.  Islam is the official religion in Brunei. Muslim: 67%; Buddhist: 13%; Christian: 10%; Other: 10%
 
Belalong tree frog | Flickr
Belalong tree frog | Flickr
 
9. The Belalong Tree Frog is a rare species of frog which is only found in Brunei.
 
Coelogyne bruneiensis de Vogel 1992 SECTION Tomentosae | IOSPE
Coelogyne bruneiensis de Vogel 1992 SECTION Tomentosae | IOSPE
 
10. There are about 35 species of plants that come only from Brunei. Some of these are the orchid Coelogyne bruneiensis, the palms Calamus maiadum and Livistona exigua, and the bamboo Temburongia simplex.
 
 
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