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Name: Negara Brunei Darussalam

Capital: Bandar Seri Begawan

Location: Southeastern Asia, bordering the South China Sea and Malaysia

Area: 5,770 square kilometers (kms) (slightly larger than Delaware)

Coastline: 161 kms

Climate: tropical; hot, humid, rainy

Population: 280,000 (based on Brunei Darrusalam Key Indicators 1993)

Ethnic divisions: Malay 64%, Chinese 20%, other 16%

Religions: Muslim (official) 63%, Buddhism 14%, Christian 8%, indigenous beliefs and other 15% (1981)

Literacy: total population: 88%

Literacy: male: 92%

Literacy: female: 82%

Languages: Malay (official), English, Chinese

Type of Government: constitutional sultanate

Independence: 1 January 1984 (from UK)

National holiday: National Day 23 February (1984)

Constitution: 29 September 1959 (some provisions suspended under a State of Emergency since December 1962, others since independence on 1 January 1984)

Legal system: based on Islamic law

National product: GDP -- purchasing power parity -- $3.975 billion (based on Brunei Darrusalam Key Indicators 1993)

National product real growth rate: -4% (1993 est.)

National product per capita: $14,240 (based on Brunei Darrusalam Key Indicators 1993)

Exports: $2.2 billion (f.o.b.1993 est.)

Export commodities: crude oil, liquefied natural gas, petroleum products

Trading partners: Japan 52%, South Korea 10%, UK 9%, Thailand 7%, Singapore 6% (1991)

Imports: $1.2 billion (c.i.f., 1993 est.)

Import commodities: machinery and transport equipment, manufactured goods, food, chemicals

Trading partners: Singapore 34%, UK 23%, US 10%, Japan 8%, Malaysia 7%, Switzerland 4% (1991)

External debt: $0

Industrial production: growth rate 12.9% (1987); accounts for 41.6% of GDP (1990), includes mining, quarrying, and manufacturing

Major Industries: petroleum, petroleum refining, liquefied natural gas, construction

Agriculture: imports about 80% of its food needs; principal crops and livestock include rice, cassava, bananas, buffaloes, and pigs

Natural resources: petroleum, natural gas, timber

Currency: 1 Bruneian dollar (B$) = 100 cents