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Things About Brunei That You May Not Know

Updated on July 19, 2017

Flag of Brunei

Brunei's official name is Nation of Brunei, the Abode of Peace.
Brunei's official name is Nation of Brunei, the Abode of Peace. | Source

Free Healthcare

If you were born in and are a current citizen of Brunei you will receive health care and it is 100% free.
If you were born in and are a current citizen of Brunei you will receive health care and it is 100% free. | Source

Free Medical Care for Citizens of Brunei

The Nation of Brunei offers completely free healthcare to every single citizen starting at birth all the way until death. It is an amazing concept that I truly wish the United States could or would find a way to make free medical work. Homeless people would really benefit from having a way to get health check ups. As would people without a job that needs some medical coverage.

Map of Brunei

No Taxes!

Bruneians do not have to pay income taxes at all at the end of the year which is totally awesome.
Bruneians do not have to pay income taxes at all at the end of the year which is totally awesome. | Source

Bruneians Do Not Have to Pay Personal Income Taxes

Bruneians work all year long and earn their income but the good news is that they do not have to pay income taxes at the end of the year. This is great but certain things are really pricey in the region so either way you will pay somewhere. Having said that, the concept of no tax forms at the end of the year is a wonderful dream indeed. I do not understand how Brunei makes this concept work but they do and more power to them. As long as they work hard then they deserve their money, in my opinion.

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Sultan of Brunei

The Sultan of Brunei is the second richest royal on the whole planet.
The Sultan of Brunei is the second richest royal on the whole planet. | Source

Bruneians Do Not Shake Hands with The Opposite Gender

Men do not shake hands with females and women do not shake hands with males either. The law does not require anyone to follow this tradition but it is the custom in the country and nearly all, if not all, follow it. I will adhere to all traditions and laws in Brunei out of respect for their nation and cause I do not want to face the punishment for abusing the law in the country. You should learn all laws and customs before entering a country for the first time.

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Kampong Ayer

Southeast Asia has lots of water villages but none bigger than Kampong Ayer in Brunei.
Southeast Asia has lots of water villages but none bigger than Kampong Ayer in Brunei. | Source

Kampong Ayer is the Largest Water Village in Souitheast Asia

Brunei is home to the largest water village in southeast Asia and one of the biggest on the planet, period. Workers and residents are always out in the water fishing, using cast nets, boating and just relaxing for a moment or two. Either way you slice it, riverboat taxis are quite different from road travel and far more relaxing to say the least. I have never traveled this way but it looks pretty cool.

No Smoking

Do not smoke in public or you risk getting a big fine or even a caning.
Do not smoke in public or you risk getting a big fine or even a caning. | Source

Smoking and Drinking in Public is Illegal

If you smoke cigarettes or like to consume alcohol make sure you leave them at home or better yet do not enter the country with them. Smoking of any sort is out of the question unless you are in your own private residence. As far as alcohol it is illegal to consume it in public or purchase it. Permission can be obtained for visitors to bring small amounts of wine but I would not risk doing that for sure. Drugs, cigars and alcoholic beverages will get you caned or you could even face the death penalty.

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Water Taxi

River taxis are, along with cars, the most common mode of transportation for citizens and visitors.
River taxis are, along with cars, the most common mode of transportation for citizens and visitors. | Source

River Taxis Are One of the Main Modes of Transportation in Brunei

Besides regular cabs, river taxis is how people of Brunei get around and that goes double for tourists who love the water travel. It is a great way to get around not to mention it has a beautiful view of the country from the water. I for one would love to visit Brunei and to use the water taxi form of travel.

Free Education

The people of Brunei get an all expenses paid college education which you cannot beat.
The people of Brunei get an all expenses paid college education which you cannot beat. | Source

Free Schooling for Citizens of Brunei

All education is paid in full by the government, which is awesome, to all citizens of Brunei. The entire country basically what in America is called a full benefit Pell Grant which does not have to be repaid like loans. Do not get me wrong, America has free tuition to college offered in some cases but in Brunei it is all the time and for everyone which is special and that kind of deal should never be taken for granted.

Shell Oil

Shell gets its product in several places including Brunei.
Shell gets its product in several places including Brunei. | Source

The Majority of Shell Oil Comes Out of Brunei

Shell Oil is a humongous oil company and the majority of its oil comes right out of Brunei. Oil is a big part of the country's economy without a doubt. Oil companies are everywhere and they get gas from several countries but Shell is a top dog and they get most of their product from the rather little country of Brunei. The country works hard to keep pumping out the oil.

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Belalong Tree Frog

The Belalong tree frog is a very rare frog species that can only be found in Brunei.
The Belalong tree frog is a very rare frog species that can only be found in Brunei. | Source

Brunei is Home to the Belalong Tree Frog

The Belalong Tree Frog is rare frog that can only be found in Brunei and that is when you can get lucky and find one. They look similar is size to other frogs but the color and bumpy body look unique. The country has some of these fogs in captivity and they can be viewed by the public. Anyone that loves reptiles and animals will freak out when you visit rainforests or a Brunei version of a zoo.

Cars and Cars and Cars

This is just a few of the Sultan's 5,000 plus cars in his auto collection.
This is just a few of the Sultan's 5,000 plus cars in his auto collection. | Source

The Sultan of Brunei Has Over 5,000 Cars

It may some absurd and even hard to believe but the Sultan of Brunei has well over 5 thousand cars in his personal collection. Cars, trucks and SUVs adorn his collection which mostly consists of luxury cars and sports/super cars. It sounds over the top but yet amazing to have that many automobiles in a collection.

Beautiful Brunei

Brunei has beautiful buildings, religious and otherwise, that are well worth seeing if you are ever a visitor in the country.
Brunei has beautiful buildings, religious and otherwise, that are well worth seeing if you are ever a visitor in the country. | Source

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 weeks ago from Victoria, Australia

      Thank you for an interesting article. I've never been there and it's interesting to read about. We have free medical care in Australia, too - and water taxis among the islands off the south-eastern coast of Queensland. Some residents visit the supermarkets by boat. It's fascinating reading about the way other people live.

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      Angel Guzman 4 weeks ago from Joliet, Illinois

      I'd visit here go on a water taxi! Good read one again. I wish we had free school and healthcare here.