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A virtual travel to the Indonesian archipelago. Indonesia is an island nation in Southeast Asia, it consists of many islands in the Malay Archipelago also known as Maritime Southeast Asia.

Visit official web sites from the country and get comprehensive information about Indonesia in its diversity: culture, environment, geography, people, economy, science, government and history.
You will have access to newspapers from Indonesia and you will find extensive travel and tourism information for Indonesia.

Nusa Dua Festival, Indonesia
Nusa Dua Festival, Bali
© The Jakarta Post (Murdani Usman)

Republic of Indonesia | Republik Indonesia

Country Profile

Indonesia's National Flag
Flag of Indonesia

where in the world is Indonesia?

Official Name:
Republik Indonesia
short form: Indonesia
int'l long form: Republic of Indonesia
int'l short form: Indonesia
formerly: Netherlands East Indies; Dutch East Indies

ISO Country Code: id

Local Time = UTC +7h to UTC +9h
Actual Time:
Denpasar, Bali Tue-Dec-6  04:37
Jakarta, Java Tue-Dec-6  03:37

Country Calling Code: +62

Capital City: Jakarta (Special Capital City Region of Jakarta), situated on the island of Java (pop. est. 8.8 million)

Other Cities:
Surabaya, Medan, Bandung

Type: Independent republic.
Independence: 17 August 1945 Indonesia proclaimed independence; on 27 December 1949, the country became legally independent from the Netherlands.
Constitution: 1945.

Location: Southeastern Asia, archipelago between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean.
Largest islands: Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan (Borneo), Sulawesi (Celebes), New Guinea.
Area: 2 million km² (736 000 sq. mi.).
Terrain: More than 17 000 islands; 6 000 are inhabited; 1 000 of which are permanently settled. Large islands consist of coastal plains with mountainous interiors.

Climate: tropical; hot, humid; cooler in the highlands.

Nationality: Indonesian(s).
Population: 238 million (2010 census)
Ethnic groups: 45% Javanese, 14% Sudanese, 7.5% Madurese and 26% other ethnic groups.
Religions: Islam 87%, Protestant 6%, Catholic 3%, Hindu 2%, Buddhist and other 1%.
Languages: Bahasa Indonesia (official, akin to Malay), English, Dutch, plus 583 dialects, the most widely spoken of which is Javanese.
Literacy: 88.5

Natural resources: Petroleum, tin, natural gas, nickel, timber, bauxite, copper, fertile soils, coal, gold, silver.

Agriculture products: Rice, cassava (tapioca), peanuts, rubber, cocoa, coffee, palm oil, copra, poultry, beef, pork, eggs.

Industries: Petroleum and natural gas, textiles, apparel, footwear, mining, cement, chemical fertilizers, plywood, rubber, food, tourism.

Currency: Indonesian Rupiah (IDR)

Indonesia in Figures
Indonesia key statistical data.

Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world. It consists of five major islands and about 30 smaller groups. The archipelago is on a crossroad between two oceans, the Pacific and the Indian, and bridges two continents, Asia and Australia. This strategic position has always influenced the cultural, social, political, and economic life of the country which has achieved independence from the Netherlands in 1949.
Current issues include: implementing IMF-mandated reforms of the banking sector, effecting a transition to a popularly elected government after four decades of authoritarianism, addressing charges of cronyism and corruption, holding the military accountable for human rights violations, and resolving growing separatist pressures in Aceh and Irian Jaya.

border countries: Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste

related countries: Australia, Timor-Leste, Netherlands, Japan, Philippines

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Official Sites of Indonesia

Indonesia Government
The Republic of Indonesia Government.

Department of Foreign Affairs
Official website of the Department of Foreign Affairs Indonesia.

Diplomatic Missions
Permanent Mission of Indonesia to the UN
Indonesia's representation to the United Nations.
Embassy of Indonesia Canada
Indonesia's Embassy, Ottawa.
Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in thje U.S.
Washington D.C.

BPS - Badan Pusat Statistik
Statistics Indonesia.

Official Websites of Regional Governments:

Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam
NAD Province online (in Bahasa Indonesia)
Propinsi Bengkulu
Bengkulu Province online (in Bahasa Indonesia)
Propinsi Riau
Official Site of Riau's Province Government.
West Sumatra Province
Propinsi Lampung Province
Lampung Province Government (in Bahasa Indonesia)

DKI Jakarta Province
Official site of the DKI Jakarta Province Government.
Jawa Barat
West Java Province (in Bahasa Indonesia).
Propinsi DI Yogyakarta Province
Yogyakarta Province Government site (in Bahasa Indonesia).
Jawa Tengah
Central Java Province (in Bahasa Indonesia).
East Java Province Government (in Bahasa Indonesia).
Bali Province, Propinsi Bali
Bali Province Government site (partly in English).

Sulawesi (Celebes)
Pemerintah Propinsi Sulawesi Utara
North Sulawesi Province Government.

Kalimantan Timur
East Kalimantan Province Government (in Bahasa Indonesia).
Pemerintah Provinsi Kalimantan Barat
West Kalimantan Province Government (in Bahasa Indonesia).
Provinsi Kalsel
South Kalimantan Province (partly in English)

Irian Jaya (New Guinea)
Pemerintah Provinsi Papua - The Government of Papua Province
The Government of Papua Province (Indonesia).


profile Map of Indonesia
Small Map of Indonesia.
profile Political Map of Indonesia
Political Map of Indonesia.
profile Administrative Regions of Indonesia
Map of Indonesia with administrative regions (provinces).

Google Earth Google Map of Indonesia
Searchable map and satellite view of Indonesia.
Google Earth Google Map of Jakarta
Searchable map and satellite view of Indonesia's capital city.
Google Earth Google Map of Bandung
Searchable map and satellite view of Bandung.
Google Earth Google Map of Medan
Searchable map and satellite view of Medan.
Google Earth Google Map of Surabaya
Searchable map and satellite view of Surabaya.

Map of Southeast Asia
Map of the Southeast Asia region.
profile Map of Asia
Reference Map of Asia.


The official news agency of the government of Indonesia.

The Jakarta Post
The journal of Indonesia today provides current Indonesian news.
The Jakarta Globe
English-language daily printed in Jakarta.

Newspaper in Bahasa Indonesia
Kompas Newspaper
Daily news.
Surya online
Indonesia News.
Tempo Interaktif
Magazine with online news from Indonesia.

Business News
Bisnis Indonesia
Business and finance (English/Indonesian).
Indonesia Japan Business News Online (English).

International News
Indonesia Post
Indonesia News by World News Network.

Radio Republik Indonesia (RRI)
Public, operates six national networks provides online news in English and Indonesian.

Public Stations
Televisi Republik Indonesia (TVRI)
TVRI operates two networks (Indonesian).

Private Stations
Rajawali Citra TV Indonesia (RCTI)
Surya Citra Televisi Indonesia (SCTV)
Televisi Pendidikan Indonesia (TPI)

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Arts & Culture

 Indonesian Culture Information Center
All about Indonesian Culture.

Business & Economy

Bank Indonesia
Central Bank of Republic of Indonesia.

Bursa Efek Indonesia
Indonesia Stock Exchange.

Ministry of Industry
Indonesian Ministry of Industry website.


The Indonesian Airline.

Jakarta Airport (Soekarno-Hatta)
Official website of Soekarno-Hatta International also called Cengkareng by Indonesians (IATA code: CGK).

Port of Jakarta
The Port of Tanjung Priok is the largest Indonesian seaport.

Destination Indonesia - Travel and Tour Guides

Discover Indonesia: accommodation, attractions, festivals, events, tours and much more.

Explore Indonesia
The Official Site of Indonesian Culture and Tourism Ministry.

Indonesia Tourism
A travel and tourism guide to Indonesia.
 Tourism Indonesia
Comprehensive travel and tourism guide to Art and Culture of Indonesia.
Living in Indonesia, Site for Expatriates-Jakarta Indonesia
Articles with essential information on moving to Indonesia, the site provides in-depth information on Indonesia.

Bali Government Tourism
Official Bali Tourism Website.
Bali Online
Country and travel guide to Bali.
An Insiders' Guide to Bali.

Irian Jaya
Irian Jaya - Irian-Papua
Culture and society of Irian Jaya (West Papua).
A gateway to Yogyakarta on the island of Java, one of the main tourist destinations in Indonesia.

Travel and Tour Consumer Information:

City Guide
City-guide by the Jakarta Tourism Department.

Hotels in Indonesia
Find a Hotel in Indonesia.


Universitas Indonesia
State university of Indonesia, Jakarta
Indonesia Universities
A list of Indonesian Universities.

Environment & Nature

Down to Earth
UK based project monitors and campaigns on the social and human implications of environmental issues in Indonesia.
Friends of the Earth Indonesia
Site of the Indonesian Forum for Environment.
Jaringan Advokasi Tambang - the Mining Advocacy Network
JATAM is working on issues concerning human rights, gender, the environment, indigenous people and social justice in relation to the mining, oil, and gas industries.
WALHI - Wahana Lingkungan Hidup Indonesia
Indonesian Forum for Environment, largest forum of NGOs and community-based organisations in Indonesia with more than 430 member organisations.

Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center and Tanjung Puting National Park
Site about the Rehabilitation Center at Tanjung Puting National Park.


Outline of Indonesia's History
Library of Congress: Indonesia from prehistory until today.

Additional Information on Indonesia

BBC News - Country profile: Indonesia

Human Rights Watch: Indonesia

Open Directory Project: Indonesia

Wikipedia: Indonesia

The CIA World Factbook -- Indonesia

World-Wide Web Virtual Library Indonesia
Society and Culture of Indonesia.

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