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Indonesia General Info
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Area

1,922,570 square kilometres or 742,308 square miles.

Population

203,456,005 people (2000 estimate).

Population Density

105.8 people per square kilometres.

Capital

Jakarta (Java).

Population

9,341,400 people (1996 estimate).

Indonesia is situated between the mainland of South-East Asia and Australia in the Pacific and Indian oceans. It's the world’s biggest archipelago state. Indonesia is made up of 5 major islands – Java, Sumatra, Sulawesi, Kalimantan (part of the island of Borneo) and Irian Jaya (the western half of New Guinea) and 30 smaller archipelagos. The Indonesian archipelago includes about 17,500 islands, of which 6,000 of these are inhabited and stretch over 4,828 kilometres or 3,000 miles, most lying in a volcanic belt with over 300 volcanoes, most of which are extinct. The landscape varies from island to island, from high mountains and plateaux to coastal lowlands and tropical belts.

Government

Indonesia is a republic country, it declared independence from the Netherlands in 1945.

Language

Bahasa is the official national language. It is very similar to Malay and written in the Roman alphabet. In total, there are an estimated 583 languages and dialects spoken in the archipelago. Several local languages are separated by special forms of address depending on social status, and all languages are spoken in a range of local dialects.

English is the most widely used foreign language for tourism and business, and people in the more remote areas have a basic command of English. The older generation still speak Dutch as a 2nd language and French is spoken at some of the major restaurants and hotels.

Religion

Muslim majority of approximately 88 %, with Christian (10 %), Hindu (mostly in Bali) and Buddhist minorities. Animist beliefs in remote areas.

Time

The country spans three time zones:

Bangka, Balitung, Java, West and Central Kalimantan, Madura and Sumatra: Greenich Mean Time + 7 hours (West), Greenich Mean Ttime + 8 hours (Central), Greenich Mean Time + 9 hours (East).

Bali, Flores, South and East Kalimantan, Lombok, Sulawesi, Sumba, Sumbawa and Timor: Greenich Mean Time + 8 hours.

Aru, Irian Jaya, Kai, Moluccas and Tanimbar: Greenich Mean Time + 9 hours.

Electricity

Usually 220 volts AC, 50Hz, but 110 volts AC, 50Hz, in some rural areas.
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