Little is known about ancient history of mysterious Brunei. Probably the origin involved Spanish, Japanese colonizers and pirates, who were fond of these lands and often visited them. Yet, except for memories, there was virtually nothing to be exported from there. In 20s of the last century, sovereign Brunei has accidentally discovered massive deposits of gas and oil, the black gold, in its lands. It was a beginning of thriving black-n-gold age of Brunei ...
- The name of Brunei Darussalam means the Abode of Peace.
- Brunei, that once occupied the whole island of Borneo and south-western Philippines, now is one of the smallest countries in the world.
- Brunei is a country of absolute monarchy led by the Sultan whose full name is Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien. And that is without titles. By the way, if you have a desire to become a citizen of this well-ordered and tightly regulated sultanate, you have to take the test on knowledge of all titles and full name of the ruler.
- The largest city in the country is its capital city of Bandar Seri Begawan, it is worth a visit, though it is not quite easy, because the city is connected with the western part of the country by highways only, and the eastern part is separated by the gulf and can be reached through the sea, or from the territory of neighbouring Malaysia.
- Almost all country residents have their own cars. Public transport functions in Brunei, but it is not very developed.
- The basis of Brunei cuisine is... rice, often fresh one, as a supplement to the main dish. National specialities also include a mixture of cooked green beans and rice, richly flavoured with herbs and spices.
- Adult literacy rate is one of the highest in the world (97.65%).
- Approximately 85% of the total area of the country is covered with tropical forests with valuable species of trees.
- The most prestigious job in Brunei is a public service. Public officers in Brunei earn good money, and once in a few years they are granted a paid leave to any place in the world where they would like to have a rest.
- Bruneians are exempt from tax, they are provided with free health care and education, including higher education.
For the majority of people the South Africa is known only as a birthplace of the great Nelson Mandela, and the country where mines and carriers are literally teemed with mineral resources. However, an educated person should know much more about the most advanced state of Africa. Fill in your knowledge gaps together with the OUTLOOK!
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Searching for word Salvador with web search engine, most likely first you get links to the great artist Salvador Dali, and only after that, to the state which is, by the way, is the most densely populated country in Central America. OUTLOOK would like to fill in this gap in the global web with interesting information about this beautiful and unique country.
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Over several years of our project’s operation we have created large amount of features, both texts and visuals, about various countries, visited numerous cities, got acquainted with huge number of peoples. And now, on the day of 25th anniversary of Ukrainian independence, Outlook with love and joy continues its series of features with the one about native country. Most interesting facts about Ukraine and Ukrainians are next to come.
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Being one of the most ancient countries in the world, Lebanon has been implied in the Old Testament more than 75 times while the local city Bibl is officially considered as the oldest in the world. The first human settlements within the area of republic harken back to the sixth millennium BC that again and again proves that verily Middle East is the cradle of humanity. Today we would like to tell about one of the main pearls of this part of the world, Lebanon.
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