Who doesn’t know Brunei Darussalam? Known as one of the richest Muslim countries in Southeast Asia, making Brunei Darussalam the one of the favorite destinations for tourists. Apart from being one of the richest countries, Brunei Darussalam turns out to have a series of unique facts that are interesting to know, guys, let’s take a look!
1. One of the Richest Countries in ASEAN
Brunei Darussalam is one of the richest countries in Southeast Asia (ASEAN). The country led by Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah has extraordinary wealth. The sultan’s own wealth is estimated at US$28 billion or Rp. 411 trillion. Wow, that’s amazing! In addition, Brunei is also a country with a fairly high national income or Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which in 2018, Brunei’s GDP reached 71,802 US dollars or equivalent to Rp. 1.050 billion. Brunei Darussalam’s wealth comes from their oil and natural gas reserves.
Meanwhile, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah lives in a magnificent palace with 1,788 rooms, including 257 bathrooms, a banquet hall that can accommodate up to 5,000 guests, a mosque for 1,500 people, an air-conditioned stable for 200 polo horses, 5 swimming pools and 18 lifts.
2. Countries With Highest Life Expectancy
Do you know that the name Brunei Darussalam itself means “Abode of peace” or “a peaceful dwelling”. The name is actually felt by the people of Brunei, you know. Brunei is one of the countries that has the highest standard of living and life expectancy in Southeast Asia. Meanwhile, life expectancy in Brunei reaches an average of 75.93 years in 2020.
Many factors make Brunei the country with the highest life expectancy. One of them is that Brunei guarantees the lives of its citizens in all aspects, from education and health facilities that can be accessed for free, to imposing tax-free for its residents, even for expatriates.
3. Countries That Don’t Sell Alcohol
As a Muslim country that follows Islamic law, Brunei forbids the sale and consumption of alcohol. However, non-Muslim adults entering Brunei can bring a maximum of two bottles of liquor and 12 cans of beer per person. In addition, those who bring alcoholic beverages must report to customs at the airport, stating that the liquor is for personal consumption only.
4. This Country Is The Size Of Banyuwangi Regency!
Brunei Darussalam has an area of 5,765 square kilometers with more than 400 thousand inhabitants. With this area, it turns out that Brunei is no bigger than Banyuwangi Regency which has an area of 5,782.40 square kilometers. This makes Brunei one of the smallest countries in the world. In Southeast Asia itself, this oil-rich country is the second smallest after Singapore.
5. Low Crime Rate
As a country that adheres to Islamic law, Brunei Darussalam is one of the countries with a relatively low crime rate. Brunei also issued various regulations to ensure the safety of its citizens. Since the early 1990s, pubs and nightclubs have also been banned from operating in the country. Meanwhile, in 2011, Brunei declared cigarettes illegal. In 2014, Brunei Darussalam also legalized homosexuality as a crime punishable by 10 years in prison or by stoning.
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