Brunei Darussalam

Brunei Darussalam : economy statistics and industry reports

  • Updated on : 06 August 2012  Source : The World Factbook


$2.61 billion (2008 est.)
$2.055 billion (2007 est.)


$10.67 billion (2008)
$8.25 billion (2007)

Inflation rate (consumer prices)

2% (2011 est.)
0.4% (2010 est.)

Unemployment rate

2.7% (2010)
3.7% (2008)

GDP - per capita (PPP)

$50,000 (2011 est.)
$50,300 (2010 est.)
$50,000 (2009 est.)
note: data are in 2011 US dollars

National product real growth rate

1% (2010 est.)
-1.8% (2009 est.)
-1.9% (2008 est.)

Internet users

314,900 (2009)

Telephones - mobile cellular

435,100 (2009)

Population growth rate

1.691% (2012 est.)


408,786 (July 2012 est.)

Historical background

The Sultanate of Brunei's influence peaked between the 15th and 17th centuries when its control extended over coastal areas of northwest Borneo and the southern Philippines.

Brunei subsequently entered a period of decline brought on by internal strife over royal succession, colonial expansion of European powers, and piracy.

In 1888, Brunei became a British protectorate; independence was achieved in 1984.

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Brunei Darussalam

Economic overview

Brunei has a small well-to-do economy that encompasses a mixture of foreign and domestic entrepreneurship, government regulation, welfare measures, and village tradition.

Crude oil and natural gas production account for just over half of GDP and more than 90% of exports.

Per capita GDP is among the highest in Asia, and substantial income from overseas investment supplements income from domestic production.

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Oxford Economics

Country Economic Forecasts > Brunei

Country Economic Forecasts > Brunei

  • $ 185
  • Country report
  • August 2014
  • by Oxford Economics

GDP is estimated to have contracted by 1.8% in 2013 after modest growth of 0.9% in 2012. While the non-energy sector grew by 2.7%, this was more than offset by a 7.2% decline in hydrocarbon production ...

  • Countries : Brunei Darussalam

PRS Group

ICRG Annual: Volume 6, Asia & the Pacific

ICRG Annual: Volume 6, Asia & the Pacific

  • $ 393
  • Country report
  • October 2014
  • by PRS Group

Purchase individual volumes of the International Country Risk Guide Annual (described separately). Choose from seven perfect-bound volumes (6 regional volumes and one volume of country risk ratings & statistics ...

  • Countries : Asia, South Korea, Philippines, World, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Australia, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan, Pakistan, Myanmar, Mongolia, Malaysia, Japan, India, China, Brunei Darussalam, Guinea, Oceania

The Economist Intelligence Unit

Country Report Brunei 4th Quarter 2014

Country Report Brunei 4th Quarter 2014

  • $ 285
  • Country report
  • December 2014
  • by The Economist Intelligence Unit

Outlook for 2015-16 No notable political developments are likely: Brunei will remain an autocracy and the sultan's previous commitment to partial democratisation appears unlikely to be fleshed out during ...

  • Countries : Brunei Darussalam

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