Title: The Nation of Brunei the Abode of Peace

Population: 471,103

Population Change: 0.97

National Average Age: 32

Urban Percentage: 80

Christian Population: 45,000

Christian Percentage: 11

Introduction: 'Brunei is a tiny nation on the island of Borneo in 2 distinct sections surrounded by Malaysia and the South China Sea. It''s known for its beaches and biodiverse rainforest much of it protected within reserves. The capital Bandar Seri Begawan is home to the opulent Jame’Asr Hassanil Bolkiah mosque and its 29 golden domes. The capital''s massive Istana Nurul Iman palace is the residence of Brunei’s ruling sultan.'

Overview: 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. The same family has ruled Brunei for over six centuries. Brunei benefits from extensive petroleum and natural gas fields the source of one of the highest per capita GDPs in Asia.