Brunei Darussalam, Population and Education
Dayaks, chief town, population of Brunei, Bandar Seri Begawan, state religion
About two-thirds of the population of Brunei is Malay. Minorities include Chinese, Indians, and various indigenous peoples, such as Dayaks and Belaits. The official language is Malay, but English is also used for official purposes. Islam is the state religion, and the majority of the people are Muslims. At the 1991 census, the population of Brunei was 260,863. The 2002 estimated population was 350,898, yielding an overall population density of 61 persons per sq km (158 per sq mi). The capital and chief town is Bandar Seri Begawan.
Medical and educational services are relatively well developed and are largely financed by revenues from petroleum production. Education is compulsory for children aged 5 to 16 years and it is free at all levels. Primary and secondary education is provided in Malay, English, or Chinese. The University of Brunei Darussalam (1985) is located in Bandar Seri Begawan. There are also vocational schools and a teacher-training institution. In addition, the government pays the tuition of Brunei students who study at overseas universities.
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