Pub. date: 2004 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412952415 | Print ISBN: 9780761926498 | Online ISBN: 9781412952415| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Brunei is located in Southeastern Asia, on the northwest corner of the island of Borneo in the South China Sea bordering Malaysia. It covers 5,770 square kilometers and has a population of 358,098 (July 2003 estimated). Forty percent of the workforce is foreign workers; crude oil and natural gas account for nearly half of the GDP. The Sultanate of Brunei's influence peaked between the 15th and 17th centuries when it controlled coastal areas of northwest Borneo and the southern Philippines. In 1888 Brunei became a British ...