Brunei is an independent Islamic sultanate on the north coast of Borneo, Southeast Asia. Brunei achieved independence in 1984, having been a British protectorate since 1888. The government is an absolute monarchy, ruled by its Sultan, and implements a combination of English common law and the strict Islamic code, Sharia law.
Brunei is part of the British Commonwealth and has a population of approx’ 410,000 (less than half a million people). Whilst, Bahasa Melayu is the mother tongue, all schools educate in English. This means that English is widely spoken in Brunei.
Accompanied assignment considerations
If you are on an accompanied assignment, especially with children, you should make sure your entire family’s needs are met in Brunei – this will ensure there are no surprises on arrival. We recommend you review education and childcare offerings, and spousal employment in particular.
For further information read our ‘‘considerations before you go’ page.
Welfare support in Brunei
If you are currently in Brunei and you are in need of personal support or social work services, SSAFA are the local providers and can be contacted at the Chit Chat Community Centre or on the 00673 3220172 / 00673 8330224.
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