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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: 434,000 (2018E—World Bank); 450,565 (2018E—U.S. Census).

Major Urban Center (2014E—UN): BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (14,000).

Official Language: Malay. (English is widely used.)

Monetary Unit: Bruneian Dollar (market rate October 19, 2018: 1.38 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 ...

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