About Brunei Darussalam

Capital City – Bandar Seri Begawan

Geographical Location – Situated South-eastern region of Aisa, on Island of Borneo with neighboring countries Malaysia and Indonesia.

Climate – Located near equator which experiencing the equatorial weather through out the year.

Land area – 5,675 sq. km (Coastline of about 161km along the South China Sea)

Population – To date is 374,570 people

Brunei Darussalam is an Islamic country where majority of the population is Muslim. Other ethnic group also practices other religions such as Christianity and Buddhism freely. The Nation’s philosophy of the Malay Islamic Monarchy (Melayu Islam Beraja) has been carried out since gaining the independent from British in 1984. This philosophy holds a very strong Malay Cultural Influences, emphasizing the importance of Islam in daily life and governance, and respect for the monarchy as represented by His Majesty The Sultan.

Malay Culture

Brunei’s culture mainly derived from the Old Malay World, a territory which covered the Malay Archipelago. Brunei’s culture is therefore deeply rooted in its Malay origins, which are reflected in the nation’s language, architecture, ceremonies, and customs governing daily life. Though various foreign civilisations have played a role in forming Brunei’s rich history, the traditions of the Old Malay World have left an indelible mark on the culture of modern Brunei.

Today, Bruneians are predominantly Malay, though significant Chinese, Indian and indigenous Bornean populations add to the cultural makeup of Brunei. Brunei’s blend of cultures, customs, beliefs and customs is therefore very similar to that of Malaysia. The nation’s official language is Malay, but English is widely spoken by most of the population, and most signs in the country are written in Roman script.

If Malay traditions are Brunei’s cultural root, then Islam is its heart. The nation’s Malay Islamic Monarchy is a uniquely Bruneian blend combining the best of Malay culture with the teachings of Islam and a mutual respect between ruler and subjects. This national philosophy is aimed at forging a stronger sense of identity as well as fostering unity and stability, and it forms the backbone of Bruneian cultural identity. While Brunei is indeed a devoutly Muslim country, the national philosophy is one of respectful tolerance, allowing for the practice of other religions and beliefs.