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Living in Brunei

Brunei key facts:

Brunei Darussalam is situated in the south-eastern region of Asia, on the Island of Borneo, between longitudes 114'04" and 114'23" East and latitudes 4'00" and 5'05" North. Brunei, although occupying less than 1% of Borneo's land area, is the only sovereign country on the island, which it shares with the Indonesian provinces of West, East, South and Central Kalimantan and the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak.

5,675 sq. km (with a coastline of about 161 km along the South China Sea).

Location and getting around:

Brunei enjoys a convenient location at the heart of Southeast Asia and is well-connected to destinations worldwide.

Royal Brunei Airlines, the nation’s flagship carrier, flies non-stop or direct to most major Asia-Pacific destinations and the Middle East, as well as to Europe via London and Frankfurt. Meanwhile, Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, Air Asia and Cebu Pacific serve Bandar Seri Begawan and offer one-stop connections to the rest of the world through their hubs in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Manila.

Flight Distance from Brunei Darussalam
Singapore 1, 263km
Kuala Lumpur 1,457km
Bangkok 1,869km
Jakarta 1,493km
Hong Kong 1,989km
Sydney 5,741km
Dubai 6,738km
London 11,296km

Ferries link Brunei with the Malaysian island of Labuan off the coast of Sabah, and to the Malaysian towns of Limbang and Lawas in Sarawak.

An extensive overland road network also connects Brunei to Sarawak and Sabah, while the Indonesian province of Kalimantan can be reached by road, air or boat via Sarawak or Sabah.

Climate, culture and schooling

Located close to the equator, Brunei Darussalam enjoys moderate equatorial climate throughout the year with temperatures ranging from 23oC to 32oC. Rainfall occurs heaviest in September to January and May to July with March and April being the warmest months. Annual rainfall averages 320cm. Humidity is high throughout the year at an estimate of 79 percent.

Brunei Darussalam is known for its diversity in race and culture. While Bruneians are predominantly Malay, significant Chinese, Indian and indigenous Bornean populations also add to the cultural makeup of Brunei. Brunei’s culture displays a harmonious blend of elements from the traditions, customs and beliefs of these different ethnic groups. The Sultanate boasts a rich cultural legacy and its museums, music, language and other aspects of cultural life testify this fact. Brunei Darussalam offers entertainment and recreation like no other. Being a safe haven for wildlife, rainforests and reef, Brunei Darussalam is the place to be for adventure seekers and nature lovers to explore its natural beauty. Recreational parks in Tasek Lama located in the city centre, and Bukit Shahbandar located only 10 minutes from UBD are popular hiking spots for both locals and expatriates seeking fitness activities while being in touch with nature. Brunei’s rich marine biodiversity has also become an attraction for scuba divers worldwide, who travel to the Sultanate to explore historical shipwrecks from World War II in Brunei waters. Brunei Darussalam also offers entertainment indoors with its art galleries at the Waterfront in the capital, cinemas, bowling alleys and fitness clubs throughout the city. Brunei Darussalam is a particularly refreshing place to live for those seeking a laidback lifestyle, with locals often spending their past times in conversations in coffee shops.


Brunei Darussalam has several international schools that caters to different types of education system:

Jerudong International School

International School Berakas

Chung Hwa School

Seri Mulia Sarjana International Schools

Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Schools





Private health care

Ministry of Health Brunei - information of healthcare services in Brunei Darussalam