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Fulbright / Indonesia, Geography, Language, People, Politics/Government, Preparation, Religion

So, about Indonesia. . .


To start off with on this grand textual, visual, and aural pre-tour of Indonesia, I’m going to refer to some basic stats from the ever-useful CIA World Factbook. Enjoy!

Official Name:  Republik Indonesia or Republic of Indonesia

Government Type:  Republic

Chief of State and Head of the Government:  President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono

National Symbol:  Garuda (mythical bird)

National Anthem:  Indonesia Raya

Capital:  Jakarta

Area:  1, 904, 569 km or three times the size of Texas

Border Countries:  Timor-Leste, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea

Climate:  tropical; hot, humid; more temperate in the highlands

Terrain:  coastal lowlands; larger islands have mountains

Elevation:  highest, Puncak Jaya, 5030 m; lowest, Indian Ocean, 0 m

Number of Islands:  17, 508 (6, 000 inhabited)

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% (2000 census)

Languages:  Bahasa Indonesia (official), English, Dutch, local dialects (of which the most widely spoken is Javanese)

Religion:  Muslim 86.1%, Protestant 5.7%, Roman Catholic 3%, Hindu 1.8%, other or unspecified 3.4% (2000 census)

Population:  248,216,193 (4th largest in the world)

National flag. courtesy of Wikipedia.

Garuda. courtesy of Wikipedia.

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