Brunei. In May, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah decided to make it easier for foreigners to gain citizenship in Brunei, which was previously very difficult due to the country’s strict immigration policy. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Brunei include Independence Day (February 23) and New Year (January 1). The rule changes apply to foreign nationals who have permanent residence permits in the country or who are married to Brunei women. In order to benefit from citizenship, foreigners must also prove that they have contributed to the country’s growth and have assets worth the equivalent of SEK 2.3 million. or to prove that their professional work benefits the country. Foreign men who were born in Brunei and have been married to Brunei women for at least fifteen years as well as men born abroad who have been married to Brunei women for at least twenty years can now also apply for citizenship.
On July 15, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah celebrated his 60th birthday, which was celebrated for several weeks, including parades and a lavish banquet with foreign guests. In connection with the celebration, the Sultan, who has ruled the country single-handedly since 1967, promised to raise the salaries of civil servants for the first time in 22 years.
The Sultanate of Brunei was once a great empire that even ruled some of the islands that now belong to the Philippines. English “adventurer” James Brooke was negotiated with the Sultan of Brunei through security talks in his area which became the state of Sarawak ruled by the Brook family. Brunei has been important in British protection due to its location and trade relations. Since the discovery of oil in 1929, the citizens of the country have enjoyed e.g. tax exemption and pensions. In 1991, the sale of alcohol was banned and devout Islam became a general trend and the religious committee was placed in a high position in the country’s politics.
- According to abbreviationfinder, BN is the abbreviation code for Brunei.
Area: 5,770 km²
Population: 464,478 (estimate 7/2020)
Capital: Bandar Seri Begawan
Population: 67% of Brunei’s population is Muslim, 15% Buddhist and tenth Christian. Most Brunei are Malay. About one-fifth of the population is Chinese. There are also some indigenous people on the island of Borneo, the Ibanes, who live in small communities.
Main products: Oil, timber, natural gas
Form of government: Constitutional Sultanate.
Sultan Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah.