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Brunei Darussalam-lying northwest of the island of Borneo is one of the oldest kingdoms yet one of the youngest independent nations of the region.

A small country with a total land area of just 5,765 sq kin with a coastline that runs 161 km along the South China Sea, its tiny size has not impeded its social and economic progress.The recent years has seen Brunei emerging as an audible voice and a competitive player in world affairs with active participation in international, regional and sub-regional core groups such as the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), Asean, BIMP-EAGA, WHO and other high-powered organisations.

At the same time, keen to sharpen its competitive edge, the country has made leaps and hounds in the areas of technology and infrastructure.
But while the nation keeps pace with modernisation, tranquility still resides in its heart and for that, Brunei has been called the Abode of Peace, an apt description of the serene haven that the country really is filled with gentle people and a culture of decorum and hospitability, Brunei is a true reflection of the Malay way of life. Indeed, the majority of the population (about 74%) is made up of the central role in the life of every Muslim in Brunei Darussalam.
 
Location And Geography
Brunei Darussalam is situated on the north-western coast of the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia, between the longitudes 11 degrees 04' and 11 degrees 23' East and latitudes 4 degrees 00' and 5 degrees 05' North.

The sultanate has a total land area is 5,765 sq km and a coastline 161 km along the South China Sea, its northern border. The Malaysian state of Sarawak borders its other sides.The eastern part of Brunei is the Temburong district, famous for its pristine rainforests and its natural habitats, and separated from the rest of Brunei by Limbang of Sarawak.Temburong is divided into low-lying coastal plains to its north, which rises to become rugged hilly terrain further inland, reaching its peak at the 1,841m high Bukit Pagon.Western Brunei, where three districts - Brunei-Muara, Tutong and Belait - are located, composed mainly of lowlands and swampy plains, and hill ranges to the south - watersheds to some of the biggest rivers in the country. The area is also home to the major economic and administrative hubs of the country, as well as the bulk of its population.

Climate
Brunei does not have clearly distinguishable wet and dry seasons. Rainfall occurs throughout the year, with the heaviest between September and January and May to June. The climate is equatorial in general, with a mean average temperature of around 28°C, with March and April being the warmest; humidity is high throughout the year (about 79%). Brunei is not in the direct path of cyclones and typhoons that plague the surrounding regions, while earthquakes and severe flooding are non-existent.


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