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Geography

Area and geographical features
Brunei lies at the point where Brunei's northwestern shore meets the South China Sea - just 443 kilometers north of the Equator. With a land area of 5,765 square kilometers (2,226 square miles), it is surrounded on three sides and divided into two parts by the Malaysian state of Sarawak.

Population
Population : 330,700 (1999)
Ethnic Groups : Malay 223,500, Other Indigenous 19,600 Chinese 49,300, other 38,300.

Major Business cities and towns
Brunei has four districts: Brunei-Muara (where the capital Bandar Seri Begawan is situated); Temburong; Tutong; and Belait where the oil and gas towns of Seria and Kuala Belait are found.


Climate
The climate is tropical and varies little throughout the year. The day temperature can rise to 34C (93f) and at night drops to around 24C (75f). The average humidity is 82% which can make the days oppressive, but the evenings and nights are, on the whole, a more comfortable temperature. Rain falls throughout the year but the wettest season is between October and March. Brunei suffers 100-110 inches of rainfall on the coast and 120-150 inches inland (annual average figures).

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