Indonesia & Balinese Introduction

 

Bali, Borneo, Papua, Borobudur, Sumatra... so many exotic and enchanting names that immediately evoke exotic and immersive images in the traveller's ear.

Indonesia is a unique country in the world with more than 17,000 islands spread over a gigantic surface area of 1,919,000m² (its maritime territory is estimated to be 3 times larger!), i.e. almost 5,000 km from East to West. The largest archipelago on our planet.

Its topography and geography make it an exclusive country: 150 still active volcanoes (archipelago located on the Ring of Fire), the most volcanic region in the world, an azure sea as far as the eye can see, heavenly atolls, mountains...

The country is composed of 6 inland seas: Java Sea, Banda Sea, Bali Sea, Timor Sea, Sulawesi Sea and Arafura Sea.

The 270 million inhabitants (4th most populated country in the world) are spread over nearly 1,000 officially inhabited islands, and include nearly 600 ethnic minorities. 

Indonesia is also :

- Bali, an island that tickles the imagination of every traveler. Nicknamed the "Island of the Gods" Spirituality, beauty and serenity. Welcome to a real earthly paradise.

- An exceptional fauna (Komodo dragons, orangutans...).

- Enchanting treks between rice terraces, volcanoes, ethnic villages, beaches, tropical jungles, multi-centenary temples...

- Magical cruises on currents where you can meet spice merchants, uninhabited atolls, turquoise lagoons, white sandy beaches, and orchids as far as the eye can see, exotic fruits...

- Diving spots with protected marine fauna with 55.000 km of coastline

- A colorful and fragrant gastronomy, as varied as its local populations and ethnic groups.

- A country where religions are accepted (6 official religions with a population 85% Muslim)

- Meetings with minorities and inhabitants where mass tourism has not yet arrived

- Happy holidays and religious ceremonies

- A spirituality and harmony present in daily life

- A gentle way of life and an exceptional sense of welcome thanks to the kindness of its inhabitants.

It is a real crossroads of cultures to visit at least once in a lifetime.

 

Capital

Jakarta

Size

1 904 570 km2

 (land territory only, the maritime territory is 4 times larger)

Number of Islands

16.056

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Borobudur Temple

Prambanan Temple

Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra

Heritage of the Umbilin coal mine in Sawahlunto

Cultural Landscape of Bali Province: The Subak System as a manifestation of the philosophy of Tri Hita Karana

Site of the first men of Sangiran

Komodo National Park

Lorentz National Park

Ujung Kulon National Park

Climate

2 seasons

Dry season (May-Oct)

Monsoon (Nov-Apr)

Population

270.000.000

Main Cities

Jakarta (Jakarta), Surayaba (East Java), Medan (South Sumatra), Bandung (West Java), Bekasi (West Java), Tangerang (Banten)

Number of inhabitants in the Capital

10.200.000

National Day

August 17th

Time Zone

from + 5h to + 8h depending on time zone and season

Economy

Indonesia is the main economy of ASEAN (35% of the regional GDP) and the 16th largest economy in the world. Indonesia has a market economy in which the government plays a major role. There are more than 164 state-owned enterprises and the government controls the prices of several commodities such as oil, rice and electricity. Indonesia has many assets with large areas of agriculture, forestry and fisheries.

 

MONEY & TIPPING

 

Currency

Indonesian Rupee

Currency at 05/05/2020: 1 EUR = IDR 16 400

 

POLITICS

 

Politic

Republic with a presidential regime

Head of State

JokoWidodo

(President of the Republic since 20 Oct 2014)

 

RELIGIONS

 

Religions

89% Islam, 9% Catholic

 

INDONESIAN LANGUAGE

Dialects

+ more than 700

Official Language

Indonesian (also known as Bahasa Indonesia)

 

ETHNIC GROUPS

Ethnic Groups

+ more than 600

 

POST OFFICE & TELEC

 

Dialing Code

+62

 

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