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Indonesia Country Guide

Explore Indonesia in Asia

Indonesia with the capital city Jakarta is located in Asia (Southeastern Asia, archipelago between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean). It covers some 1,919,441 square kilometres (slightly less than three times the size of Texas) with 237,512,000 citizens.

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The terrain features mostly coastal lowlands having larger islands have interior mountains. The average density of population is approximately 124 per km². The notable climate conditions in Indonesia can be described as tropical with hot, humid, more moderate in highlands. Potential natural disasters are occasional floods or severe droughts, tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanoes or forest fires.

To reach someone in Indonesia dial +62 prior to a number. There are 33,958,000 installed telephones. And there are 159,248,000 registered mobile phones. The cellular networks commonly support frequencies of 900, 1800 MHz and 3G. Websites registered in this country end with the top level domain ".id". If you want to bring electric equipment on your trip (e.g. laptop power supply), note the local power outlet of 127/230V - 50Hz.

About the flag and history of Indonesia

Two equal horizontal bands of red (top) and white; the colors derive from the banner of the Majapahit Empire of the 13th-15th centuries; red symbolizes courage, white represents purity
note: similar to the flag of Monaco, which is shorter; also similar to the flag of Poland, which is white (top) and red.

The Dutch began to colonize Indonesia in the early 17th century; Japan occupied the islands from 1942 to 1945. Indonesia declared its independence shortly before Japan's surrender, but it required four years of sometimes brutal fighting, intermittent negotiations, and UN mediation before the Netherlands agreed to transfer sovereignty in 1949. A period of sometimes unruly parliamentary democracy ended in 1957 when President SOEKARNO declared martial law and instituted "Guided Democracy." After an abortive coup in 1965 by alleged Communist sympathizers, SOEKARNO was removed from power. From 1966 until 1988, President SUHARTO ruled Indonesia with his "New Order" Government. After rioting toppled Suharto in 1998, free and fair legislative elections took place in 1999. Indonesia is now the world''s third most populous democracy, the world''s largest archipelagic state, and the world''s largest Muslim-majority nation. Current issues include: alleviating poverty, improving education, preventing terrorism, consolidating democracy after four decades of authoritarianism, implementing economic and financial reforms, stemming corruption, reforming the criminal justice system, holding the military and police accountable for human rights violations, addressing climate change, and controlling infectious diseases, particularly those of global and regional importance. In 2005, Indonesia reached a historic peace agreement with armed separatists in Aceh, which led to democratic elections in Aceh in December 2006. Indonesia continues to face low intensity armed resistance in Papua by the separatist Free Papua Movement.

Geography Quick-Facts

Summary Continent: Asia
Neighbours: Papua New Guinea, East Timor, Malaysia
Capital: Jakarta
Size 1,919,440 square kilometers (km² or sqkm) or 741,100 square miles (mi² or sqmi)
slightly less than three times the size of Texas
Population 237,512,000
Currency Name: Rupiah, Currency Code: IDR
Country Top Level Domain (cTLD) .id
Telephone Country Prefix +62
Mobile Phone Connections 159,248,000
Landline Phone Connections 33,958,000

Country Position in World Rankings

Information about single country attributes and how these compare against the rest of the world. The information below is compiled with data from 2013. As such, it may differ a bit to the Information above in the text (which is from 2010).


Value name Value World Rank
Area 1,904,569 (sq km) 15

People and Society

Value name Value World Rank
Population 251,160,124 4
Population growth rate 0.99 (%) 116
Birth rate 17.38 (births/1,000 population) 107
Death rate 6.31 (deaths/1,000 population) 155
Net migration rate -1.19 (migrant(s)/1,000 population) 149
Maternal mortality rate 220.00 (deaths/100,000 live births) 51
Infant mortality rate 26.06 (deaths/1,000 live births) 72
Life expectancy at birth 71.90 (years) 138
Total fertility rate 2.20 (children born/woman) 104
Health expenditures 2.60 (% of GDP) 184
HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate 0.20 (%) 99
HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS 310,000 19
HIV/AIDS - deaths 8,300 27
Obesity - adult prevalence rate 4.80 (%) 160
Children under the age of 5 years underweight 19.60 (%) 36
Education expenditures 3.00 (% of GDP) 141
Unemployment, youth ages 15-24 22.2 (%) 48


Value name Value World Rank
GDP (purchasing power parity) 1,237,000,000,000 16
GDP - real growth rate 6.20 (%) 43
GDP - per capita (PPP) 5,100 158
Labor force 118,000,000 5
Unemployment rate 6.10 (%) 58
Distribution of family income - Gini index 37 80
Investment (gross fixed) 36.70 (% of GDP) 9
Taxes and other revenues 18.7 (% of GDP) 173
Budget surplus (+) or deficit (-) -1.90 (% of GDP) 84
Public debt 24.80 (% of GDP) 121
Inflation rate (consumer prices) 4.50 (%) 123
Central bank discount rate 6.46 (%) 56
Commercial bank prime lending rate 12.40 (%) 67
Stock of narrow money 90,240,000,000 37
Stock of broad money 355,400,000,000 29
Stock of domestic credit 323,000,000,000 34
Market value of publicly traded shares 390,100,000,000 24
Industrial production growth rate 4.10 (%) 72
Current account balance -20,730,000,000 182
Exports 188,700,000,000 28
Imports 179,000,000,000 28
Reserves of foreign exchange and gold 103,800,000,000 22
Debt - external 251,200,000,000 33
Stock of direct foreign investment - at home 125,800,000,000 32
Stock of direct foreign investment - abroad 48,570,000,000 37


Value name Value World Rank
Electricity - production 183,400,000,000 (kWh) 24
Electricity - consumption 158,000,000,000 (kWh) 24
Electricity - imports 2,542,000,000 (kWh) 49
Electricity - installed generating capacity 39900000 (kW) 23
Electricity - from fossil fuels 87.0 (% of total installed capacity) 83
Electricity - from hydroelectric plants 9.9 (% of total installed capacity) 116
Electricity - from other renewable sources 3.1 (% of total installed capacity) 47
Crude oil - production 912,100 (bbl/day) 24
Crude oil - exports 371,400 (bbl/day) 22
Crude oil - imports 265,400 (bbl/day) 27
Crude oil - proved reserves 4000000000 (bbl) 29
Refined petroleum products - production 935,300 (bbl/day) 22
Refined petroleum products - consumption 1,322,000 (bbl/day) 19
Refined petroleum products - exports 142,400 (bbl/day) 39
Refined petroleum products - imports 407,700 (bbl/day) 14
Natural gas - production 82,800,000,000 (cu m) 12
Natural gas - consumption 41,350,000,000 (cu m) 26
Natural gas - exports 41,250,000,000 (cu m) 10
Natural gas - proved reserves 3,994,000,000,000 (cu m) 12
Carbon dioxide emissions from consumption of energy 402,100,000 (Mt) 18


Value name Value World Rank
Telephones - main lines in use 38,618,000 8
Telephones - mobile cellular 249,800,000 4
Internet hosts 1,344,000 42
Internet users 20,000,000 22


Value name Value World Rank
Airports 676 10
Railways 5,042 (km) 35
Roadways 437,759 (km) 14
Waterways 21,579 (km) 6
Merchant marine 1,340 8


Value name Value World Rank
Military expenditures 0.90 (% of GDP) 130

Data based on CIA facts book 2010 & 2013, wikipedia, national statistical offices and their census releases

List of current world heritage sites

Name Since
Borobudur Temple Compounds
This famous Buddhist temple, dating from the 8th and 9th centuries, is located in central Java. It was built in three tiers: a pyramidal base with five concentric square terraces, the trunk of a cone with three circular platforms and, at the top, a m ...
Cultural Landscape of Bali Province: the Subak System as a Manifestation of the Tri Hita Karana Philosophy
The cultural landscape of Bali consists of five rice terraces and their water temples that cover 19,500 ha. The temples are the focus of a cooperative water management system of canals and weirs, known as subak, that dates back to the 9th century. I ...
Komodo National Park
These volcanic islands are inhabited by a population of around 5,700 giant lizards, whose appearance and aggressive behaviour have led to them being called 'Komodo dragons'. They exist nowhere else in the world and are of great interest to scientists ...
Lorentz National Park
Lorentz National Park (2.35 million ha) is the largest protected area in South-East Asia. It is the only protected area in the world to incorporate a continuous, intact transect from snowcap to tropical marine environment, including extensive lowland ...
Prambanan Temple Compounds
Built in the 10th century, this is the largest temple compound dedicated to Shiva in Indonesia. Rising above the centre of the last of these concentric squares are three temples decorated with reliefs illustrating the epic of the Ramayana, dedicated ...
Sangiran Early Man Site
Excavations here from 1936 to 1941 led to the discovery of the first hominid fossil at this site. Later, 50 fossils of Meganthropus palaeo and Pithecanthropus erectus/Homo erectus were found – half of all the world's known hominid fossils. Inhabite ...
Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra
The 2.5 million hectare Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra site comprises three national parks: Gunung Leuser National Park, Kerinci Seblat National Park and Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park. The site holds the greatest potential for long-ter ...
Ujung Kulon National Park
This national park, located in the extreme south-western tip of Java on the Sunda shelf, includes the Ujung Kulon peninsula and several offshore islands and encompasses the natural reserve of Krakatoa. In addition to its natural beauty and geological ...