Find out a little about Brunei, and print out of useful Brunei flag printables and flag colouring page...
The Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, Brunei
A Little Geography...
- A small Muslim nation on the north-west of Borneo island, Brunei is surrounded by and spilt in two by the Malaysian state of Sarawak to the south. The South China Sea forms its northern coast.
- With a population of just 410,000, oil exports make this one of the world’s wealthiest nations.
- The capital, Bandar Seri Begawan, is a port.
- The official name, Negara Brunei Darussalem means the Country of Brunei, Abode of Peace.
- Brunei has no railway but has a high car ownership of one car for each 2.09 people. Fortunately, the price of petrol is very low!
A Little History...
- Brunei was a British Protectorate from 1888 until independence in 1984.
- Brunei has been ruled by a Sultan since 1370 and became wealthy from trade between China and Malaysia, prior to the discovery of huge oil reserves at Seria in 1929.
And Some Interesting Facts...
- The magnificent Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque (pictured above) has a gold leaf covered dome and was built with Italian marble, Belgian carpets and English chandeliers.
- The Sultan of Brunei is one of the world’s richest men. It is thought that he owns 2500 cars, including a gold plated Rolls Royce!
- The Istana, or Sultan’s Residence, is the world’s largest palace with 1800 rooms.
- Proboscis monkeys, with their distinctive long, floppy noses live in the mangrove forest by the palace.
- Kampong Ayer is the world’s largest water village and is home to around 30,000 people. They live in houses built on stilts in a river!
Kampong Ayer, water village in Brunei
- Ulu Tembourong National Park is a pristine rainforest. It is home to the Rajah Brooke birdwing, a beautiful black and emerald butterfly. It is named after the ‘White Rajah’, James Brooke, who ruled Sarawak in the 19th century.
- The durian fruit, which is native to Brunei, smells like rotten onions but tastes like fruit custard!