City has wealth. Similar to Singapore, the city is very clean with new roads, sidewalks, and infrastructure. Brunei relies on petroleum and natural gas for its wealth and development. Brunei was ranked the 11th country in the world with a GDP per capita of $55,300 in 2013. As a typical affluent country, it imports foreign workers from the Philippines and Indonesia to work the menial jobs in retail, restaurants, etc. The tough jobs the Bruneis refuse to work.
Being a strict Muslim country, no one can sell alcohol in Brunei. That means no bars and no nightclubs. The city streets are bare and quiet at night with few pedestrians walking around. However, non-Muslim tourists can bring alcohol through customs. Sultan worries about the outside evil influences that are entering his country, and he has toughened and imposed more Sharia law. Now, adulterers can be stoned to death in Brunei.
Brunei has one neat attraction. Some people still live on the Brunei River similarly as their ancestors did since the 8th century. A whole community lives on the river with schools, museum, and fire and police departments floating on the river while the people commute and navigate through the community on boats.
- The area of the country spans 2,226 square miles.
- The currency is the Brunei dollar.
- Bandar Seri Begawan is the largest city and country capital, where the Sultan lives.
- In 2011, the population was estimated at 408,786, making Brunei the 175th populous country in the world.
- Brunei relies on oil and natural gas as its source of wealth and development.
- Brunei is an Islamic country that a king rules. Brunei is culturally related to Malays.