68% of the population in Brunei consists of the Malays while the
other indigenous group make up five percent. Chinese are just over
eighteen percent, Indians and others are the remaining eight per
cent. Half the population is under the age of 20. Males slightly
outnumber females, making up 51.6% of the population.
The official language is Malay but English is widely spoken. Chinese
and a number of local dialects are also spoken.
The official religion of Brunei is Islam, with His Majesty the Sultan
and Yang Di-Pertuan as head of the faith in the country. Islamic
pratice is actively promoted by the goverment through religious
programmes that are broadcast on radio and television. Religious
education in Islam is a compulsory for all Muslim children. Other
than the Islam religion, other faiths such as Christianity and Buddhism
are also practised.