As a country comprised of over 17,000 islands, Indonesia is a unique place. It includes well-known islands like Sumatra and Java as well as a portion of Borneo. It also includes one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations: Bali. The Dutch once held sway in Indonesia, but the country gained its independence after World War II in 1949. Located on the equator, Indonesia has a tropical climate with many tropical rainforest wilderness regions. Jakarta, where over 34 million people reside, is the capital of Indonesia, and after Tokyo, is the second most populous urban area on the planet. With so many islands, beautiful sand and beaches, surf-able waves and lots of sunshine, over 14 million tourists visit Indonesia each year.

Indonesia Videos: Here’s a beautiful 4-minute look at Indonesia. Here’s a gorgeous 3-minute video about Bali.

FunFacts about Indonesia: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Indonesia, officially the Republic of Indonesia, is a country in Southeast Asia, between the Indian and Pacific oceans. It is the world’s largest island country, with more than seventeen thousand islands, (17,504) and at 1,904,569 square kilometres (735,358 square miles), the 14th largest by land area and 7th in the combined sea and land area. (Source)
  • The population of Indonesia is 261 million, over half of which live on the island of Java.
  • The largest of Indonesia’s islands are JavaSumatraBorneo (shared with Brunei and Malaysia), Sulawesi, and New Guinea.
  • Bali is a province of Indonesia and is Indonesia’s main tourist destination.
  • Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, has a population of over 34 million and is the second largest urban area in the world after Tokyo, Japan.
  • Indonesia shares land borders with Papua New Guinea, East Timor, and the eastern part of Malaysia. Nearby countries include Singapore, Vietnam, the Philippines, Australia, Palau, and India’s Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
  • Indonesia’s main trading partners are China, the United States, Japan, Singapore, and India.
  • Though Indonesia has several densely populated areas, most of the country is wilderness with a high degree of biodiversity.
  • Historically, though the French, Portuguese and British fought for trading supremacy in the area, it was the Dutch who ended up with the greatest influence. Indonesia achieved independence from the Netherlands in 1949.
  • Indonesia consists of hundreds of distinct native ethnic and linguistic groups, with the largest ethnic group being the Javanese.
  • The majority of Indonesians are Muslim.
  • Islam arrived in the archipelago in the 13th century with Muslim traders. By the end of the 16th century it was the dominant religion in Java and Sumatra.
  • Puncak Jaya is Indonesia’s highest peak at 4,884 metres or 16,024 ft.
  • Indonesia lies along the equator and has a tropical climate.
  • In 2017, over 14 million tourists visited Indonesia.
  • Indonesia has 8 UNESCO World Heritage sites including the Borobudur Temple Compounds and the Komodo National Park.

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28 thoughts on “Indonesia

  1. Love the beautiful pictures! Would live to visit Indonesia, looks like a lot of interesting places to visit there and learn more about.
    I’m from Pulaski, TN which is about 14 miles from Alabama.

  2. Enjoyed the videos and pictures. Loved the waterfalls and the pretty blue/green water. Would be wonderful place to visit.

  3. I can only imagine living somewhere that has so much history. And who wouldn’t to live where you could step outside and inter act with monkeys!!!

  4. Looks beautiful. Every time I hear Indonesia I think of my friend. She went to Indonesia to get married and a major storm occurred while she was there. She was freaking out, thinking she was going to be swept away into the ocean. She is a great storyteller and was quite dramatic, so that is what I think of when I hear Indonesia.

  5. Enjoyed the videos and pictures. What beautiful waterfalls, beaches and temples. Wouyld be a nice place to visit! AZ

  6. Glorious photos. So many sights to see. I loved the photo of the blue, blue water, and it all looks so clean!! Nice.

    Fort Myers, Florida

  7. Definitely a unique place. I love that it’s made up of so many different islands. I like the pictures of the beaches. Just makes me want to pack my bags and go.

  8. lovely. My brother-in-law, a small yachter, was in INDONESIA on 9/11. The authorities gave them 3 days to leave, saying to the sailors that after that they could not guarantee their safety. Remember, that was a very confusing time, and INDONESIA is mostly MUSLIM.

  9. What wonderful photos – especially the one of those charming children. They look like they’re having a boatload of fun!

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