Indonesia, with the world’s fourth largest population, is comprised of more than 17,000 islands populated by approximately 600 ethnic groups speaking more than 300 languages. The people and islands are linked by the national language, Bahasa Indonesia and the nation’s currency, the rupiah. On each island in Indonesia, you can find distinct cultural practices, traditions, and religions, exciting the imagination and thrilling adventurous travelers from around the world.
Indonesia is truly diverse, from the pristine beaches of Bali, to the hustle of Jakarta; the virgin rainforests of Kalimantan and Sumatra to the arid moonscapes of Eastern Indonesia; Indonesia can offer a variety of experiences to any discerning traveler.
The best-known travel destination in Indonesia is Bali, and with good reason! Bali delights visitors with her unique Hindu religion (Bali is the only island in the Indonesian archipelago that still practices Hinduism), crystal clear waters suited for surfing, diving and other water sports, fabulous terraced rice paddies, five star hotels, resorts and spas, active volcanoes, and delicious restaurants serving food from all over the world.
Indonesia is comprised mainly of coastal lowlands, but larger islands have interior mountains. The nation is rich in petroleum, tin, natural gas, nickel, timber, bauxite, copper, fertile soils, coal, gold, and silver.
Indonesia in Facts and Figures
Population: more than 230 million
Religion: 5 recognized religions: Islam, Protestant, Catholic, Hindu, Buddha
President: Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
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