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Territory in the island of Borneo in southeast Asia, ruled since 1984 by the Negara Brunei Darussalam

Brunei, officially the Nation of Brunei, the Abode of Peace (Malay: Negara Brunei Darussalam, Jawi: نڬارا بروني دارالسلام‬), is a country located on the north coast of the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia. Apart from its coastline with the South China Sea, the territory is completely surrounded by the Malaysian state of Sarawak. It is separated into two parts by the Sarawak district of Limbang. Brunei is the only sovereign state completely on the island of Borneo; the remainder of the island's territory is divided between the nations of Malaysia and Indonesia. Brunei's population was 423,196 in 2016.

Geographical type: Territory

Latitude: 4.5° N — Longitude: 114.67° E

Area: 5,765 km²

ISO 3166-2 code: BN

Measures of Freedom

Brunei | Freedom House, Freedom in the World 2016
2016: Status: Not Free, Aggregate Score: 29, Political Rights: 6, Civil Liberties: 5
In 2015, Brunei continued to implement an initial phase of new criminal regulations that were adopted in 2013 and are based on Sharia (Islamic law). This first phase, which prescribes fines and jail terms for relatively minor religious offenses, was introduced in 2014. Plans to roll out the second and third phases of the regulations, which include severe penalties ranging from flogging to execution by stoning for some offenses, were put on hold through the end of the year.
Human Freedom Index [PDF], The Human Freedom Index 2021
2019: 6.46, Rank: 116, Personal Freedom: 5.87, Economic Freedom: 7.3
Level of Economic Freedom, Economic Freedom of the World
2014: 7.25, Rank: 62

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "Brunei" as of 29 Sep 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.