Brunei’s population is shrinking: Statistics report

Brunei people at a night market in Bandar Seri Begawan © Arno Maierbrugger

The population of Brunei has been shrinking 1.3 per cent last year, according to a new report by the country’s Department of Economic Planning and Statistics (DEPS), Borneo Bulletin wrote.

The report said that the mid-year population estimate of Brunei for 2020 was 453,600 persons compared to 459,500 persons in 2019, a decline of 1.3 per cent.

The report includes data of population estimates and key demographic characteristics of Brunei’s mid-year population in 2020.

The Brunei-Muara District has the highest population of 316,100 persons, or 69.7 per cent of the total population.

This is followed by Belait District with 74,800 persons (16.5 per cent), Tutong District with 51,500 persons (11.4 per cent) and Temburong District with 11,200 persons (2.5 per cent), the DEPS stated in its Report of the Mid-Year Population Estimates 2020.

The compilation for the estimates is based on the data of the 2016 census update and incorporates the major components of population change, namely births and deaths for natural increase and net migration.

Decline due to Covid-19 travel restrictions

The decline is mainly due to the decrease in the number of temporary residents by 10.9 per cent from 94,200 persons in 2019 to 83,900 persons in 2020, a result of travel restrictions during the Covid-19 pandemic, the report said.

A number of foreign workers have left the country upon the expiration of their contract, while only a limited number of new foreign workers have been allowed to enter Brunei for certain jobs.

The population in 2020 was made up of 240,700 males (53.1 per cent) and 212,900 females (46.9 per cent), which results in a sex ratio of 113 males for every 100 females.

Brunei citizens accounted for the largest share at 74.1 per cent (336,000 persons), while the shares of the permanent residents and temporary residents were 7.4 per cent and 18.5 per cent, respectively.

The median age in 2020 was 31.3 years as compared to 30.6 years in 2019.

Malays formed the largest community in the country with a share of 65.8 per cent (298,400 persons). Chinese and others comprised 10.2 per cent and 24 per cent of the total population, respectively, the report said.



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Brunei people at a night market in Bandar Seri Begawan © Arno Maierbrugger The population of Brunei has been shrinking 1.3 per cent last year, according to a new report by the country's Department of Economic Planning and Statistics (DEPS), Borneo Bulletin wrote. The report said that the mid-year population estimate of Brunei for 2020 was 453,600 persons compared to 459,500 persons in 2019, a decline of 1.3 per cent. The report includes data of population estimates and key demographic characteristics of Brunei’s mid-year population in 2020. The Brunei-Muara District has the highest population of 316,100 persons, or 69.7 per...

Brunei people at a night market in Bandar Seri Begawan © Arno Maierbrugger

The population of Brunei has been shrinking 1.3 per cent last year, according to a new report by the country’s Department of Economic Planning and Statistics (DEPS), Borneo Bulletin wrote.

The report said that the mid-year population estimate of Brunei for 2020 was 453,600 persons compared to 459,500 persons in 2019, a decline of 1.3 per cent.

The report includes data of population estimates and key demographic characteristics of Brunei’s mid-year population in 2020.

The Brunei-Muara District has the highest population of 316,100 persons, or 69.7 per cent of the total population.

This is followed by Belait District with 74,800 persons (16.5 per cent), Tutong District with 51,500 persons (11.4 per cent) and Temburong District with 11,200 persons (2.5 per cent), the DEPS stated in its Report of the Mid-Year Population Estimates 2020.

The compilation for the estimates is based on the data of the 2016 census update and incorporates the major components of population change, namely births and deaths for natural increase and net migration.

Decline due to Covid-19 travel restrictions

The decline is mainly due to the decrease in the number of temporary residents by 10.9 per cent from 94,200 persons in 2019 to 83,900 persons in 2020, a result of travel restrictions during the Covid-19 pandemic, the report said.

A number of foreign workers have left the country upon the expiration of their contract, while only a limited number of new foreign workers have been allowed to enter Brunei for certain jobs.

The population in 2020 was made up of 240,700 males (53.1 per cent) and 212,900 females (46.9 per cent), which results in a sex ratio of 113 males for every 100 females.

Brunei citizens accounted for the largest share at 74.1 per cent (336,000 persons), while the shares of the permanent residents and temporary residents were 7.4 per cent and 18.5 per cent, respectively.

The median age in 2020 was 31.3 years as compared to 30.6 years in 2019.

Malays formed the largest community in the country with a share of 65.8 per cent (298,400 persons). Chinese and others comprised 10.2 per cent and 24 per cent of the total population, respectively, the report said.



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