“Use your fork and spoon. Don’t use your fingers.” Maybe your mom or dad reminds you of proper table manners like these. What if you lived in a country where it was polite to eat with your fingers? Eating with your fingers is a traditional custom in many Asian countries, including Brunei. You might enjoy satay, which is roasted meat on a skewer or vegetables in a spicy mango sauce.
Brunei shares the island of Borneo with Malaysia. Great Britain ruled the country for over 100 years, but Brunei gained her independence in 1984. Since then, a family of sultans has ruled. The country has oil and natural gas, which makes it prosperous. The government takes good care of the people.
Brunei is mostly jungles and coastal land. Here you’ll find beautiful birds, elephants, flying reptiles, monkeys, gibbons and huge butterflies and insects. Unfortunately, some of the forests are being cut down for lumber and farmland. The government is trying to find ways to protect the natural areas.
Fun Facts About Brunei for Kids
- 363,000 people live in Brunei.
- Brunei is a small country with only 2,226 square miles of land.
- Malay, English and Chinese are the languages used in Brunei.
- Most people are Muslim, Christian or Buddhist.
- People in Brunei can expect to live 76 years.
- 92 percent of adults can read.
All About Brunei Vocabulary
- Traditional: common or usual way
- Skewer: stick
- Sultan: king
- Prosperous: wealthy
Video for Kids About Brunei
Watch this awesome Brunei video for kids:
Question: What other customs in Brunei differ from those in the United States?
Answer: People living in Brunei use different body language and gestures to communicate. In Asia, the feet are considered dirty, but the head is given respect. It is considered rude to pat or touch someone on the head – even a child.
Map of Brunei
Here’s a map of the country of Brunei and all its cities and villages. Zoom in to get into street level or zoom out to see other countries around Brunei! You can see the terrain, but also see the roads, images of the buildings and even take a 3D tour through the streets of the cities of Brunei, as though you are actually there!