Brunei is in South-eastern Asia, bordering the South China Sea and Malaysia. The climate is tropical, hot, humid, and rainy. The official language is Bahasa Melayu (Malay). English and various dialects of Chinese are also spoken. The main religions are Islam, Buddhism and Christianity. The economy of Brunei is small but wealthy with a mixture of foreign and domestic entrepreneurship, government regulation, welfare measures, and village tradition. Crude oil and natural gas production account for nearly half of its GDP. Substantial income from overseas investment supplements income from domestic production. Bruneians shake hands with a light touch of the hands and raising their hand to their chest. As in most Islamic countries, some people do not shake hands with members of the opposite sex. Expatriate business dress is formal when conducting business. Muslims in Brunei dress conservatively and many women wear a head scarf in public including offices. Non-Muslim women are not required to wear a head scarf. The working week is Sunday to Thursday. Businesses are closed on Fridays. The security risk for expatriates in Brunei is low. Risk is primarily traffic accidents. Expatriates should be aware of Islamic cultural sensitivities. The currency of Brunei is the Brunei Dollar (BND). Singapore dollars may also be used and are of the same value as the Brunei Dollar. Credit cards are generally accepted. Medical facilities are generally acceptable. The population of Brunei is 417,200 (2018 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 0.2% for Brunei as at January 2018. For a single Expat, the personal income tax rate in Brunei is 0% as there is currently no personal income tax.
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In Brunei, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized follows (Exact cost of living percentages only available in personalised reports): Brunei as at 1 April 2018 is average in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very High 2) Clothing: High 3) Communication: Very High 4) Education: Low 5) Furniture & Appliances: High 6) Groceries: Very High 7) Healthcare: Low 8) Household Accommodation: Average 9) Miscellaneous: High 10) Personal Care: Very Low 11) Recreation & Culture: Average 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Low 13) Transport: Low Brunei is for example 21.9% more expensive than USA for groceries, -11.3% cheaper for household costs than UK, and 74.2% more expensive for transport costs than India. The hardship premium for Brunei for an expat from Australia, is for example 20%, i.e. host location (Brunei) premium of 30% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%. Brunei is ranked as a high degree of hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Brunei? Register subscribe to your home location and Brunei and run your personalised reports.