Did You Know- Brunei

Mosque in Brunei Photo: A Mosquea Muslim place of worship in Brunei. Islam is the main religion of this tiny country. Brunei is one of the smallest countries in the world. Many people are even unaware of its existence. See how much you know about this tiny Southeast Asian country. Did you know:

  • Brunei Darussalam is a very small country on the Island of Borneo, bordering the much larger Malaysia.
  • Brunei is an Islamic nation, based on an ideology called ‘Malay Islamic Monarchy’.
  • By decree, contact with Christians in other countries, the import of Bibles and the public celebration of Christmas are banned.
  • The government recognizes only three Catholic and three Anglican churches as official Christian churches in the country. The unregistered churches are considered “illegal sects” of Christianity by the government.
  • The country has a total area of 5,765 sq km with a population of 415,717 (July 2013 est.)
  • Brunei is reportedly one of only two nations without public debts

Sultan of Brunei Photo: The Sultan of Brunei- Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, who has been in power for 45 years

The legislative council meets once a year in a strict advisory capacity, which means that politics are done largely by the Sultan and by the addresses he gives. As head of religion, the Sultan is called to protect the official religion of the country, Islam. The recent announcements of the Sultan point to a stricter conservatism, as he introduced obligatory Islamic religious studies for all schools.

Information gathered from The World Factbook and World Watch List Learn More About Brunei

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