Brunei is one of the richest countries in Asia, in terms of GDP per capita. Good oil revenues mean that the state can offer citizens benefits in the form of grants, subsidies and pensions. Individuals pay no income tax.
All citizens have access to good free health care. If necessary, the state also pays medical care abroad, usually in Singapore.
- Countryaah Official Site: Official statistics for population in Brunei, including population growth, density, and estimation in next 50 years.
Women are discriminated against in terms of divorce, child custody and inheritance. In 2011, for the first time, two women got seats in parliament. However, the proportion of women working and university students has increased in recent years.
Abuse of women occurs, especially by employees in households. Rape in marriage is not considered a crime if the woman is over the age of twelve. Abortion is only allowed if the woman’s life is in danger. Unauthorized abortion can be punished with public punishment. Female genital mutilation occurs. Trafficking in women is said to occur, mainly for work.
Childcare is allowed, both in homes and in schools and other institutions. Child abuse, on the other hand, is prohibited.
Homosexuality is illegal and same-sex sex (as well as adultery) can be punished with death by stoning. Brunei is the only country in Southeast Asia that can punish the death penalty for homosexual acts.