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State of Brunei Darussalam
Negara Brunei Darussalam
Political Status: Formerly a constitutional monarchy in treaty relationship with the United Kingdom; independent sultanate proclaimed January 1, 1984.
Area: 2,226 sq. mi. (5,765 sq. km).
Population: 416,125 (2012E—UN); 408,786 (2012E—U.S. Census).
Major Urban Center (2005E): BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (30,000).
Official Language: Malay (English is widely used).
Monetary Unit: Bruneian Dollar (market rate November 5, 2012: 1.23 dollars = $1US). The Bruneian dollar is at par with the Singapore dollar.
Head of State and Prime Minister: Sultan Sir Haji HASSANAL BOLKIAH Muizzaddin Waddaulah; ascended the throne October 5, 1967, upon the abdication of his father, Sultan Sir Haji Omar ALI SAIFUDDIN; crowned August 1, 1968; assumed office of prime minister at independence, succeeding former chief minister ABDUL AZIZ bin Umar.
Heir Apparent: Crown Prince Haji al-Muhtadee BILLAH, ...