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The correct name for Brunei is:Brunei (Listeni/bruːˈnaɪ/, broo-NY or /bruːˈneɪ/ broo-NAY) officially the Nation of Brunei, the Abode of Peace.

Brunei is a sovereign state located on the north coast of the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia. It is completely surrounded by the state of Sarawak, Malaysia; and is also separated into two parts by the Sarawak district of Limbang. It is the only sovereign state completely on the island of Borneo; the remainder of the island's territory being divided between the nations of Malaysia and Indonesia.

Islam is Brunei's official religion, 67 percent of the population is Muslim, mostly Sunnis of Malay origin who follow the Shafi school of Islamic law.

At the peak of Bruneian Empire, the Sultanate is alleged to have had control over most regions of the island of Borneo, including modern-day Sarawak and Sabah, as well as the Sulu archipelago off the northeast tip of Borneo, Seludong (modern-day Manila), and the islands off the northwest tip of Borneo.

In 1888, Brunei became a British protectorate and was assigned a British resident as colonial manager in 1906. After the Japanese occupation during World War II, in 1959, a new constitution was written. In 1962, a small armed rebellion against the monarchy was ended with the help of the British.

Today, the wealth of Brunei comes from its rich petrochemical deposits, both offshore and onshore. It is one of the richest countries in the whole of Asia.

The IMF estimated, in 2011, that Brunei was one of two countries (the other being Libya) with a public debt at 0% of the national GDP.

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Brunei has a Government Department for Births, Marriages, and Deaths. The link to this department follows: http://bruneiembassy.be/brunei-nationals-abroad/registration-of-marriage-birth-and-death/.

The following link provides some assistance in genealogical research in Brunei: http://www.kindredtrails.com/brunei.html.

Another link for genealogy follows: http://en.geneanet.org/pays/research-genealogy-ancestry-Brunei%20Darussalam-BRN.

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