At the peak of the Bruneian Empire, Sultan Bolkiah (reigned 1485–1528) is alleged to have had control over most regions of Borneo, including modern-day Sarawak and Sabah, as well as the Sulu archipelago off the northeast tip of Borneo, Seludong (modern-day Manila), and the islands off the northwest tip of Borneo.
Brunei has the second-highest Human Development Index among the Southeast Asia nations, after Singapore, and is classified as a "developed country".
Forbes also ranks Brunei as the fifth-richest nation out of 182, based on its petroleum and natural gas fields.
In 1888, Brunei became a British protectorate and was assigned a British resident as colonial manager in 1906. After the Japanese occupation during World War II, in 1959 a new constitution was written. In 1962, a small armed rebellion against the monarchy was ended with the help of the British. Brunei gained its independence from the United Kingdom on 1 January 1984. Economic growth during the 1990s and 2000s, with the GDP increasing 56% from 1999 to 2008, transformed Brunei into an industrialised country.
The IMF estimated, in 2011, that Brunei was one of two countries (the other being Libya) with a public debt at 0% of the national GDP.
- Brunei has largest boundary with Malaysia which is approximately 381 km.
- The largest export partner of Brunei is Japan.
- The largest import partner of Brunei is Singapore.
- There are 5 seaports in Brunei.
Tourist Attraction#The Omar Ali Saifuddien mosque is a placid place for reflection in Bandar Seri Begawan.
- The famous dance of Brunei is Zapin.
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