27 Incredible Facts About Indonesia

Looking to boost your local knowledge? Take a look at these 27 facts about Indonesia!

Geographical stats…

  1. Indonesia is an archipelago consisting of 17,508 islands in Southeast Asia.
  2. Despite containing such a vast number of islands, only 6,000 or so are inhabited! It also happens to be the largest archipelago in the world by both area and population!
  3. It is bordered by Malaysia to the north, Papua New Guinea to the east and Timor-Leste to the south.
  4. To experience the incredible scenery and wildlife that Indonesia has to offer, head for the coordinates of 6.1750° S, 106.8283° E.
  5. The terrain here consists mostly of coastal lowlands, whilst some of the larger islands have interior mountains.
  6. There are more than 400 active volcanoes in Indonesia!
  7. The total land area of Indonesia is 742,308 square miles (1,922,570 square kilometres)…
  8. …that’s almost 8 times the size of the UK!
  9. Indonesia’s islands are spread across such a vast area that it actually covers three time zones!
  10. Indonesia’s population was 255,993,674 in 2015…
  11. …that’s around 4 times the UK population.
  12. That makes it the 4th most populated country in the world, after China, India and the United States!
  13. Residents here are known as Indonesians.
  14. The capital is Jakarta; it covers an area of 286 square miles (740 square kilometres) and had a population of 10,323,000 in 2015.
  15. Indonesians enjoy a tropical climate with hot and humid weather.
  16. Indonesia boasts many endemic species of wildlife, including the Komodo Dragon, which on average grow up to an outstanding 10 feet in length and 14 stone in weight!

Social intricacies

  1. The official language of Indonesia is Indonesian.
  2. US President Barack Obama briefly lived in Indonesia in the late 1960’s.
  3. Indonesian Rupiah is the official currency here.
  4. In 2005, Indonesia gained a Guinness World Record for the largest packet of instant noodles, weighing an incredible 664.94kg!
  5. The average life span here is 72 years.
  6. Marco Polo was apparently the first European to visit Indonesia in 1292!

Industry insights…

  1. Indonesia grows rice, tapioca, peanuts and rubber; they also rear poultry.
  2. Its industry includes petroleum, natural gas, apparel, textiles, mining, footwear, chemical fertilisers and cement.
  3. The main exports consist of oil, gas, plywood, electrical appliances, textiles and rubber.
  4. The world’s most expensive coffee is exported by Indonesia. Kopi Luwak is coffee beans that have been partly ingested by the Asian Palm Civet before being defecated and sold on for around £200 per 100 grams!

Bonus Fact!

  1. Do you know someone lucky enough to live in Indonesia? You can make cheap calls to Indonesia with Cherry Call – don’t forget, you’ll also need to use the international dialling code of 0062.

To keep up-to-date with what’s going on in Indonesia, head over to The Jakarta Post website.

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