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.