Brunei is a small nation on the northern coast of Borneo island in the Malay archipelago. The official name of the kingdom of Brunei is Sultanate of Brunei Darussalam, which translates to Abode of Peace.

Brunei has been a British protectorate since 1888, and in 1963 when Malaya united with North Borneo, Sarawak, and Singapore to become Malaysia, Brunei chose to remain under the British Crown ' it eventually became independent in 1984.

In 2014 Brunei introduced the Islamic sharia law, making it the first East Asian country to allow punishments, which are condemned by the international human rights organisations. Although Brunei is tolerant of other religions, it is recommended that expats familiarise themselves with the sharia law and social customs, including dress, language, etc. But Brunei isn't merely a Muslim country ' Christianity and Buddhism are the two minority religions.

The tropical rainforests flourish in the all-year-round hot, humid, and rainy climate, with temperatures averaging at 26°C.

For leisure, Brunei offers many options such as boat rides down the winding rivers, traditional villages with homes on stilts, and native wildlife. Tours of the rainforest are available, for several activities on offer, including treks. Also, golfing is a favourite pastime in Brunei, and there are five courses to choose from.

The land of Brunei is oil and gas abundant, and this combined with tax-free earnings, means that it has one of the world's highest per-capita incomes. Natural gas and oil industry are the biggest job providers in the state, with large enterprises such as Shell, regularly offering placements for expats. Jobs are sometimes available in skilled labour, such as healthcare and education, and being a native English speaker can be seen as a big plus. It is worth noting that most visas are given on a fixed term basis.