Indonesia

The Indonesian archipelago spreads over 5200km between the Asian mainland and Australia, all of it within the tropics, and comprises 17,000 islands. Its ethnic, cultural and linguistic diversity is correspondingly great – more than 500 languages and dialects are spoken by its 246 million people, whose fascinating customs and lifestyles are a major attraction. The largely volcanic nature of the islands has created tall cloud-swept mountains swathed in the green of rice terraces or rainforest, dropping to blindingly bright beaches and vivid blue seas, the backdrop for Southeast Asia’s biggest wilderness areas and wildlife sanctuaries. All of this provides an endless resource for adventurous trekking, surfing, scuba diving, or just lounging by a pool in a five-star resort.

Basic Information

Official Name: Republic of Indonesia
Capital City: Jakarta
Time Zones: UTC +7

Currency

The Rupiah (Rp) is the official currency of Indonesia

Boundaries

Indonesia is an archipelago island country in South east Asia, lying between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. It is in a strategic location astride or along major sea lanes from Indian Ocean to Pacific Ocean.

Languages

Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia [baˈhasa indoneˈsia]) is the official language of Indonesia

Climate

Indonesia has a tropical climate which is highly variable from area to area. The eastern monsoon brings the driest weather (June to September), while the western monsoon brings the main rains (December to March). Rainstorms occur all year. Higher regions are cooler. Peak time for tourists to travel is in June, July and August, although prices will be higher; those travelling in the shoulder seasons of May and September could get lucky with both weather and prices

Major Religions

Indonesia is a secular democratic country that has a Muslim-majority population. he Indonesian constitution guarantees all people in Indonesia the freedom of worship, each according to his or her own religion or belief.

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