Indonesia, a Southeast Asian nation made up of thousands of volcanic islands, is home to hundreds of ethnic groups speaking many different languages. It’s known for beaches, volcanoes, Komodo dragons and jungles sheltering elephants, orangutans and tigers. On the island of Java lies Indonesia's vibrant, sprawling capital, Jakarta, and the city of Yogyakarta, known for gamelan music and traditional puppetry.
Languages: Bahasa Indonesia (official, modified form of Malay), English, Dutch, local dialects (the most widely spoken of which is Javanese)
Ethnic Groups: Javanese 40.6%, Sundanese 15%, Madurese 3.3%, Minangkabau 2.7%, Betawi 2.4%, Bugis 2.4%, Banten 2%, Banjar 1.7%, other or unspecified 29.9%
Belief Systems: Muslim 88%, Protestant 5%, Roman Catholic 3%, Hindu 2%, Buddhist 1%, other 1%
Population: 250 million people (World Rank: 4th) (2014 estimate)
Population Density: 357 people/mi^2 (People per Square Mile) (World Rank: 88th) (2014 estimate)
Population Growth: 0.988 %/yr (World Rank: 131st) (2013 estimate)
Life Expectancy: 70.8 years (World Rank: 148th) (2013 estimate)
Median Age: 26.9 years (World Rank: 98th) (2010 estimate)
Sites for More Information:
Map of Indonesia
Cartographic Division of the United Nations
Travel Info for Indonesia
in Washington D.C.
Indonesian Government Web Sites
Directory of government Web sites and other links by Gunnar Anzinger