Imports$2.61 billion (2008 est.)
Exports$10.67 billion (2008)
Inflation rate (consumer prices)2% (2011 est.)
Unemployment rate2.7% (2010)
GDP - per capita (PPP)$50,000 (2011 est.)
National product real growth rate1% (2010 est.)
Internet users314,900 (2009)
Telephones - mobile cellular435,100 (2009)
Population growth rate1.691% (2012 est.)
Population408,786 (July 2012 est.)
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....
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....
The Economist Intelligence Unit
Outlook for 2016-17 Brunei will remain an autocracy over the forecast period, but the govern-ment will assume a more technocratic air under the sultan's personal supervision. No democratisation of the ...