INDONESIA

Where is Indonesia?

Strategically, the country lies between the Australian and Asian continents between the Pacific and Indian Oceans. It is a nation of islands which contains 17,508 islands.  Five main islands are Kalimantan, Sumatra, Irian Jaya, Sulawesi and Java. The country stretches around the equator for 3,200 miles - roughly the distance between Los Angeles and New York. In 2013, Indonesia’s population reached 251 Million people, placing it in the world’s 4th largest population. The majority of age structure is 42 percent are from 25-64 years and 26 percent from 0-14 years.

 

10 Fun Facts about Indonesia:

1. Raja Ampat, West Papua, which has more than 1,300 species of coral reef fish and 600 species of hard coral – 75 percent of the entire world, is the richest coral reef on earth.

2. Bali, with its majectic volcanoes, terraced rice fields, beaches, rich and colorful culture, is the jewel in the crown of Indonesia’s and the world’s tourism industry.

3. President Barack Obama spent a few years growing up in Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia. His favorite Indonesian meal is Nasi Goreng and Bakso!

4. Indonesian loves spicy foods. When you order pizza or hamburger, you will get some chili packages!

5.  Spices, chili, coconut milk and fish are common ingredients in Indonesian food.

6. Indonesia is the next big thing in social media. It is the 2nd largest country on Facebook users and 4th largest on Twitter users.

7. Blackberry is the most popular smart phone in Indonesia. It has more than 15 million users, more than 18 percent of Blackberry’s 80 million users worldwide.

8. One of the world’s unique funeral processions takes place in Toraja, South Sulawesi. Funeral processions usually take around 7 days and cost a fortune. Where do they keep the body? In their house! Traditional embalming involved.

9. Indonesia is home to the famous Komodo dragon – 3m long and wighing 100 kg – the largest lizard in the world.

10. Indonesia is world’s largest producer of rattan wood, plywood, cloves, nutmeg and cocoa.