The population of Brunei in 2017 was 428,000 people, with the majority of the population living in urban areas. The economy of Brunei is largely based on oil and gas production, with a GDP of $15.7 billion and a high per capita income. Brunei is a member of the United Nations, ASEAN and Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), and has close ties to many countries throughout Southeast Asia as well as Malaysia. In terms of politics, Brunei is an absolute monarchy with Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah as its head of state. The Prime Minister is Hassanal Bolkiah who leads the Sultanate since 1967. See militarynous for Brunei military and defense.
Brunei. According to Countryaah.com, Brunei continued to build stronger ties to China during the year. The Sultanate has large oil resources, but the low world market prices in recent years have clarified the risks of being so heavily dependent on crude oil exports. Among other things, an agreement was reached with a Chinese company and a partner in Brunei to invest the equivalent of US $ 3.5 billion in a new petrochemical plant. But the business ties between Brunei and China have also expanded beyond the oil and energy sector. For example, the Banking China Bank Group now has offices in the capital of Brunei, Bandar Seri Begawan, and other Chinese companies have made major investments in Brunei. The Sultanate, for its part, has criticized China’s controversial actions in the South China Sea.
On October 5, it was 50 years since Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah succeeded his father as ruler of the country. This was celebrated with a large parade through the capital. The Sultan, who rules single-handedly, is the monarch in the world who has sat next to the throne. See ABBREVIATIONFINDER for frequently used acronyms and abbreviations related to as well as country profile of Brunei.