Bali and Beyond

 

It is the fourth most populous country in the world, consisting of 17.000 islands, is the bridge between two continents, Asia and Oceania. For centuries people have been attracted by the aromas of various spices, sandal wood breezes, their lifestyle, their traditions, the variety of ethnicities and cultures, its magnificent beaches and clear waters, its towering mountains and volcanoes, varied fauna including Komodo dragons, tigers or orangutans and the friendliness of its people. The islands of the Indonesian archipelago are true emeralds floating, bearing in mind that some parts of the country remain unexplored. Indonesia is an odyssey of smells, sounds, places and experiences.

Official name

Republic of Indonesia

 

Political Regime

Presidential republic.

 

Surface

1.919.440 km²

 

Population

251.160.124 people.

 

Capital

Jakarta

 

Ethnic Groups

There are up to 365 ethnic and tribal groups. The largest group belongs to the Javanese, but each island has its own ethnic groups like Acehnesenses, Batak, Minangkabauseses in Sumatra, Javanese, Sundanese in Java, Balinese in Bali, Sasak in Lombok, Danise and Papuans in Irian Jaya, and so on.

 

Language

The official language is Bahasa Indonesian. Also speaks over 580 dialects and regional languages, besides English.

 

Religion

Almost 90% of the population are Muslim, the rest are Protestants, Catholics, Hindus and Buddhists.

 

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