Pray for: Brunei

Flag for Brunei

Key Stats

Religion & Geography
Category Statistic
Continent: Asia
Capital: Bandar Seri Begawan
Population: 455,858
% Urban: 78.6 %
Population Under 15 Yrs: 22.6 %
Official Language: Malay. English widely used
Languages: 17
Literacy Rate: 96 %
Life Expectancy: 74.6 yrs (97/236)
HDI Ranking: 51 / 189
% Christian: 11.4 %
% Evangelical: 6.1 %
Largest Religion: Muslim
% Largest Religion: 65.3 %
People Groups: 24
Least Reached People Groups: 8
% Unevangelized: 52 %
Persecution Ranking: 46 / 50


Title: Brunei

Tier: 1

Type: country

Islam dominates life in Brunei. The Islam practised here is conservative, but not radical. Pressure results in a slow stream of converts to Islam from among the tribal and Chinese minorities. The constitution guarantees religious freedom, but it is illegal to evangelize and illegal for a Muslim to convert to another religion. Government agents often go undercover in other religious groups to monitor them. The Sultan is considered the world’s 2nd wealthiest royal. He established a world-class university, and now works to hand over rule smoothly to the crown prince. Pray for conversions to Christ in the large royal family. Pray for spiritual openness and for religious freedom.

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Content taken or adapted from Operation World, 7th Edition (2010) and Pray for the World (2015). Both books are published by InterVarsity Press. All rights reserved.