Indonesia

   

 

The numbers astound even as they boggle: 17,000 islands or more, over 8000 inhabited, over 300 languages spoken; the list goes on.

The world’s fourth most populace country - 240 million and counting - is a sultry kaleidoscope that runs along the equator for 5000km. It may well be the last great adventure on Earth. From the western tip of Sumatra to the eastern edge of Papua is a nation that defies homogenisation. It is a land of so many cultures, peoples, animals, customs, plants, features, artworks and foods that it is like 100 countries melded into one.

And we’re talking differences that aren’t just about an accent or a preference for goat over pork, we are talking about people who are as radically different from each other as if they came from different continents. No man may be an island but here every island is a unique blend of the men, women and children who live upon it. Over time deep and rich cultures have evolved, from the mysteries of the spiritual Balinese to the utterly non-Western belief system of the Asmat people of Papua.

Venturing through the islands of Indonesia, you’ll see a land as diverse and unusual as those living upon it. Look at Sulawesi on a map, say what you think, and you’ll save yourself the cost of an ink blot test at a shrink. Or view Sumatra from the air and be humbled by a legion of nearly 100 volcanoes marching off into the distance, several capable of blowing at any time.

Dramatic sights are the norm. There’s the sublime: an orangutan lounging in a tree; the artful: a Balinese dancer executing precise moves that make a robot seem loose-limbed; the idyllic: a deserted stretch of blinding white sand on Sumbawa set off by azure water and virescent jungle hills; the astonishing: the mobs in a cool and glitzy Jakarta mall on a Sunday; the humbling: a woman bent double with a load of firewood on Sumatra; the solemn: the quiet magnificence of Borobudur.

Indonesia Facts & Figures - Indonesia is a very unique destination located in South east region. The country is famous throughout the world for its islands and beautiful landscapes. We have provided below useful facts on Indonesia that will help you in knowing more about its culture, religion, location, transport and population. Jakarta is the capital of Indonesia.

Capital City:  Jakarta (+7 GMT)

Currency: Indonesian rupiah Major

Languages: Bahasa Indonesia, English, Dutch, Javanese and other local dialects.

Primary Religions: Muslim, Protestant, Roman Catholic, Hindu, Buddhist.

Main Airports: Bali: Denpasar (DPS) (Ngurah Rai), Java: Jakarta (CGK) (Soekarno-Hatta) 

Indonesia Coastline: 54,720 km Population:

The population of Indonesia was estimated at 237,512,352 in 2008.

Famous Tourist Attractions: Bali, Ubud, Jakarta, North Sulawesi and Kalimantan.

Best Time to Visit: Between May to September.

Weather and Climate: The climate is hot and humid year-round in coastal areas. The dry season from June to October, and the rainy season starts from November ends in March.

Islands in Indonesia: There are total 17,508 islands in Indonesia. Out of these five are large islands and rest are small in size. Kalimantan (539,450 sq.km); Sumatra (473,606 sq.km), Papua (421,952 sq.km), Sulawesi (189,035 sq.km) and Java including Madura (132,035 sq.km).

 

 

 
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