Brunei Government

Country Name Brunei
Full Country Name Brunei Darussalam
Local - Long Negara Brunei Darussalam
Local - Short Brunei
Etymology- history of name derivation of the name is unclear; according to legend, MUHAMMAD SHAH, who would become the first sultan of Brunei, upon discovering what would become Brunei exclaimed "Baru nah," which roughly translates as "there" or "that's it"
Government Type absolute monarchy or sultanate
Capital Name Bandar Seri Begawan
Capital - geographic coordinate 4 53 N, 114 56 E
Capital Time Difference UTC+8 (13 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Independence 1 January 1984 (from the UK)
National Holiday National Day, 23 February (1984); note - 1 January 1984 was the date of independence from the UK, 23 February 1984 was the date of independence from British protection
Constitution drafted 1954 to 1959, signed 29 September 1959; amended 1984, 2004, 2011; note - some constitutional provisions suspended since 1962 under a state of emergency, others suspended since independence in 1984

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