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Brunei Darussalam Today

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altDespite its reputation as a rich country, Brunei has suffered a bit in recent years. The government has been forced to recognise a small but increasing unemployment rate and disaffected youths have been held responsible for the isolated incidents of crime, none more so than the sultan’s younger brother, Prince Jefri. Jefri’s extravagance in both his private life and, more seriously, as the country’s financial minister bred scandals and loud rumours of corruption, forcing the sultan to sack his brother in 1997. By that stage, Brunei’s reputation was damaged and its financial reserves severely depleted.
    Despite this, Brunei still continues to enjoy a high standard of living. The average life expectancy is 77 years and there are pensions for free medical care, schooling, sport and leisure, subsidies for purchases, short working weeks, and no income tax. With new economic diversification and deep-sea exploration for oil beginning to take off, Brunei aims to keep itself completely financially independent.  
 

 

Masjid Information

In Muslim countries there is usually a masjid at every street corner so we are not listing masjids here.

Transportation/Getting Around

From the airport
The Bandar Seri Begwan International Airport (BWN) is located only 15-20 minutes from the ...
Car for hire
Brunei must be the only place in the world where it makes sense to hire a car to get around. Most ...
Taxi
There are reportedly only 40 taxis in the whole of Brunei due to the high private ownership of ...
Buses
You’ll mostly find buses in the Brunei capital of Bandar Seri Begawan (BSB). They are purple in ...
Driving Tips
•    Bruneian drivers drive on the left-hand side of the road
•    An ...