From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Republic of Indonesia
Republik Indonesia
Flag National emblem
Motto: "Bhinneka Tunggal Ika" (Old Javanese)
"Unity in Diversity"
National ideology: Pancasila12
Anthem: Indonesia Raya
Great Indonesia
Location of  Indonesia  (green)in ASEAN  (dark grey)  –  [Legend]
Location of  Indonesia  (green)

in ASEAN  (dark grey)  –  Legend

and largest city
Jakarta COA.svg Jakarta
6°10.5′S 106°49.7′E / 6.1750°S 106.8283°E / -6.1750; 106.8283
Official languages Indonesian
Religion Islam
Demonym Indonesian
Government Unitary presidential constitutional republic
 -  President Joko Widodo
 -  Vice-President Jusuf Kalla
Legislature People's Consultative Assembly
 -  Upper house Regional Representative Council
 -  Lower house People's Representative Council
 -  Declared 17 August 1945 (de jure
 -  Acknowledged 27 December 1949 (from Netherlands
 -  Land 1,904,569 km2 (15th)
735,358 sq mi
 -  Water (%) 4.85
 -  2014 estimate 252,164,8003
 -  2011 census 237,424,3634 (4th)
 -  Density 124.66/km2 (84th)
322.87/sq mi
GDP (PPP) 2014 estimate
 -  Total $2.554 trillion4 (9th)
 -  Per capita $10,1574 (102nd)
GDP (nominal) 2014 estimate
 -  Total $856.066 billion4 (17th)
 -  Per capita $3,5104 (120th)
Gini (2010) 35.65
HDI (2013) Steady 0.6846
medium · 108th
Currency Indonesian rupiah (Rp) (IDR)
Time zone various (UTC+7 to +9)
Drives on the left
Calling code +62
ISO 3166 code ID
Internet TLD .id

Indonesia (Listeni/ˌɪndəˈnʒə/ IN-də-NEE-zhə or /ˌɪndˈnziə/ IN-doh-NEE-zee-ə), officially the Republic of Indonesia (Indonesian: Republik Indonesia Indonesian pronunciation: [rɛpublik ɪndonesia]), is a sovereign state in Southeast Asia and Oceania. Indonesia is an archipelago comprising thousands of islands.7 It encompasses 34 provinces, with an estimated total population of over 252 million people, making it the world's fourth-most-populous country. Two provinces were Special Administrative Regions (one for being governed by pre-colonial monarchy and another one for using the Sharia Law). Indonesia's republican form of government comprises an elected legislature and president. The nation's capital city is Jakarta. The country shares land borders with Papua New Guinea, East Timor, and Malaysia. Other neighbouring countries include Singapore, the Philippines, Australia, Palau, and the Indian territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Indonesia is a founding member of ASEAN and a member of the G-20 major economies. The Indonesian economy is the world's 17th largest by nominal GDP.

The Indonesian archipelago has been an important trade region since at least the 7th century, when Srivijaya and then later Majapahit traded with China and India. Local rulers gradually absorbed foreign cultural, religious and political models from the early centuries CE, and Hindu and Buddhist kingdoms flourished. Indonesian history has been influenced by foreign powers drawn to its natural resources. Muslim traders brought the now-dominant Islam, while European powers brought Christianity and fought one another to monopolise trade in the Spice Islands of Maluku during the Age of Discovery. Following three and a half centuries of Dutch colonialism, Indonesia secured its independence after World War II. Indonesia's history has since been turbulent, with challenges posed by natural disasters, mass slaughter, corruption, separatism, a democratisation process, and periods of rapid economic change.

Indonesia consists of hundreds of distinct native ethnic and linguistic groups. The largest – and politically dominant – ethnic group are the Javanese. A shared identity has developed, defined by a national language, ethnic diversity, religious pluralism within a majority Muslim population, and a history of colonialism and rebellion against it. Indonesia's national motto, "Bhinneka Tunggal Ika" ("Unity in Diversity" literally, "many, yet one"), articulates the diversity that shapes the country. Despite its large population and densely populated regions, Indonesia has vast areas of wilderness that support the world's second highest level of biodiversity. The country has abundant natural resources, yet poverty remains widespread.89


Further information: Names of Indonesia

The name Indonesia derives from the Greek words Indós and nèsos, which means "island".10 The name dates to the 18th century, far predating the formation of independent Indonesia.11 In 1850, George Windsor Earl, an English ethnologist, proposed the terms Indunesians — and, his preference, Malayunesians — for the inhabitants of the "Indian Archipelago or Malayan Archipelago".12 In the same publication, a student of Earl's, James Richardson Logan, used Indonesia as a synonym for Indian Archipelago.1314 However, Dutch academics writing in East Indies publications were reluctant to use Indonesia. Instead, they used the terms Malay Archipelago (Maleische Archipel); the Netherlands East Indies (Nederlandsch Oost Indië), popularly Indië; the East (de Oost); and Insulinde.15

After 1900, the name Indonesia became more common in academic circles outside the Netherlands, and Indonesian nationalist groups adopted it for political expression.15 Adolf Bastian, of the University of Berlin, popularised the name through his book Indonesien oder die Inseln des Malayischen Archipels, 1884–1894. The first Indonesian scholar to use the name was Suwardi Suryaningrat (Ki Hajar Dewantara), when he established a press bureau in the Netherlands with the name Indonesisch Pers-bureau in 1913.11


Main article: History of Indonesia
A Borobudur ship carved on Borobudur, c. 800 CE. Indonesian outrigger boats may have made trade voyages to the east coast of Africa as early as the 1st century CE.16

Fossils and the remains of tools show that the Indonesian archipelago was inhabited by Homo erectus, popularly known as "Java Man", between 1.5 million years ago and as recently as 35,000 years ago.171819 Homo sapiens reached the region by around 45,000 years ago.20 In 2011 evidence was uncovered in neighbouring East Timor showing that 42,000 years ago these early settlers were catching and consuming large numbers of big deep sea fish such as tuna,21 and that they had the technology needed to make ocean crossings to reach Australia and other islands.

Austronesian peoples, who form the majority of the modern population, migrated to South East Asia from Taiwan. They arrived in Indonesia around 2000 BCE, and as they spread through the archipelago, pushed the indigenous Melanesian peoples to the far eastern regions.22 Ideal agricultural conditions, and the mastering of wet-field rice cultivation as early as the 8th century BCE,23 allowed villages, towns, and small kingdoms to flourish by the 1st century CE. Indonesia's strategic sea-lane position fostered inter-island and international trade, including links with Indian kingdoms and China, which were established several centuries BCE.24 Trade has since fundamentally shaped Indonesian history.2526

The nutmeg plant is native to Indonesia's Banda Islands. Once one of the world's most valuable commodities, it drew the first European colonial powers to Indonesia.

Hinduism and Mahayana Buddhism arrived in Indonesia in the 4th and 5th century, as trade with India intensified under the south Indian Pallava dynasty.27

From the 7th century, the powerful Srivijaya naval kingdom flourished as a result of trade and the influences of Hinduism and Buddhism that were imported with it.2829 Between the 8th and 10th centuries, the agricultural Buddhist Sailendra and Hindu Mataram dynasties thrived and declined in inland Java, leaving grand religious monuments such as Sailendra's Borobudur and Mataram's Prambanan. The Hindu Majapahit kingdom was founded in eastern Java in the late 13th century, and under Gajah Mada, its influence stretched over much of Indonesia.30

Although Muslim traders first travelled through Southeast Asia early in the Islamic era, the earliest evidence of Islamised populations in Indonesia dates to the 13th century in northern Sumatra.31 Other Indonesian areas gradually adopted Islam, and it was the dominant religion in Java and Sumatra by the end of the 16th century. For the most part, Islam overlaid and mixed with existing cultural and religious influences, which shaped the predominant form of Islam in Indonesia, particularly in Java.32 The first regular contact between Europeans and the peoples of Indonesia began in 1512, when Portuguese traders, led by Francisco Serrão, sought to monopolise the sources of nutmeg, cloves, and cubeb pepper in Maluku.33 Dutch and British traders followed. In 1602 the Dutch established the Dutch East India Company (VOC) and became the dominant European power. Following bankruptcy, the VOC was formally dissolved in 1800, and the government of the Netherlands established the Dutch East Indies as a nationalised colony.34

Sukarno, Indonesia's founding President.

For most of the colonial period, Dutch control over the archipelago was tenuous outside of coastal strongholds; only in the early 20th century did Dutch dominance extend to what was to become Indonesia's present boundaries.35 Japanese occupation during the Second World War ended Dutch rule3637 and encouraged the previously suppressed Indonesian independence movement.38 A later UN report stated that four million people died in Indonesia as a result of the Japanese occupation.39 Two days after the surrender of Japan in August 1945, Sukarno, an influential nationalist leader, declared independence and was appointed President.404142 The Netherlands tried to reestablish their rule, and the resulting conflict ended in December 1949, when in the face of international pressure, the Dutch formally recognised Indonesian independence4143 with the exception of the Dutch territory of West New Guinea, which was incorporated into Indonesia following the 1962 New York Agreement, and the UN-mandated Act of Free Choice of 196944 which was questionable and has resulted in a longtime independence movement.45

Sukarno moved Indonesia from democracy towards authoritarianism, and maintained his power base by balancing the opposing forces of the military and the Communist Party of Indonesia (PKI).46 An attempted coup on 30 September 1965 was countered by the army, who led a violent anti-communist purge, during which the PKI was blamed for the coup and effectively destroyed.474849 Around 500,000 people are estimated to have been killed.5051 The head of the military, General Suharto, outmaneuvered the politically weakened Sukarno and was formally appointed president in March 1968. His New Order administration52 was supported by the US government,535455 and encouraged foreign direct investment in Indonesia, which was a major factor in the subsequent three decades of substantial economic growth. However, the authoritarian "New Order" was widely accused of corruption and suppression of political opposition.365657

Indonesia was the country hardest hit by the late 1990s Asian financial crisis.58 This led to popular protest against the New Order which led to Suharto's resignation in May 1998.59 In 1999, East Timor voted to secede from Indonesia, after a twenty-five-year military occupation that was marked by international condemnation of repression of the East Timorese.60 Since Suharto's resignation, a strengthening of democratic processes has included a regional autonomy program, and the first direct presidential election in 2004. Political and economic instability, social unrest, corruption, and terrorism slowed progress; however, in the last five years the economy has performed strongly. Although relations among different religious and ethnic groups are largely harmonious, sectarian discontent and violence have persisted.61 A political settlement to an armed separatist conflict in Aceh was achieved in 2005.62

Government and politics

A session of the People's Representative Council in Jakarta

Indonesia is a republic with a presidential system. As a unitary state, power is concentrated in the central government. Following the resignation of President Suharto in 1998, Indonesian political and governmental structures have undergone major reforms. Four amendments to the 1945 Constitution of Indonesia63 have revamped the executive, judicial, and legislative branches.64 The president of Indonesia is the head of state and head of government, commander-in-chief of the Indonesian National Armed Forces, and the director of domestic governance, policy-making, and foreign affairs. The president appoints a council of ministers, who are not required to be elected members of the legislature. The 2004 presidential election was the first in which the people directly elected the president and vice-president.65 The president may serve a maximum of two consecutive five-year terms.66

The highest representative body at national level is the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR). Its main functions are supporting and amending the constitution, inaugurating the president, and formalising broad outlines of state policy. It has the power to impeach the president.67 The MPR comprises two houses; the People's Representative Council (DPR), with 560 members, and the Regional Representative Council (DPD), with 132 members.68 The DPR passes legislation and monitors the executive branch; party-aligned members are elected for five-year terms by proportional representation.64 Reforms since 1998 have markedly increased the DPR's role in national governance.69 The DPD is a new chamber for matters of regional management.70

Most civil disputes appear before a State Court (Pengadilan Negeri); appeals are heard before the High Court (Pengadilan Tinggi). The Supreme Court (Mahkamah Agung) is the country's highest court, and hears final cessation appeals and conducts case reviews. Other courts include the Commercial Court, which handles bankruptcy and insolvency; a State Administrative Court (Pengadilan Tata Negara) to hear administrative law cases against the government; a Constitutional Court (Mahkamah Konstitusi) to hear disputes concerning legality of law, general elections, dissolution of political parties, and the scope of authority of state institutions; and a Religious Court (Pengadilan Agama) to deal with codified Sharia Law cases.71

Foreign relations and military

Former President of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono with Barack Obama, the President of United States, in ceremony at the Istana Merdeka in Jakarta, 9 November 2010. Obama has become popular in Indonesia due to the years he spent in Jakarta as a child.72

In contrast to Sukarno's anti-imperialistic antipathy to western powers and tensions with Malaysia, Indonesia's foreign relations since the Suharto "New Order" have been based on economic and political co-operation with Western nations.73 Indonesia maintains close relationships with its neighbours in Asia, and is a founding member of ASEAN and the East Asia Summit.68 The nation restored relations with the People's Republic of China in 1990 following a freeze in place since anti-communist purges early in the Suharto era.71 Indonesia has been a member of the United Nations since 1950,74 and was a founder of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC, now the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation).68 Indonesia is signatory to the ASEAN Free Trade Area agreement, the Cairns Group, and the WTO, and has historically been a member of OPEC, although it withdrew in 2008 as it was no longer a net exporter of oil. Indonesia has received humanitarian and development aid since 1966, in particular from the United States, western Europe, Australia, and Japan.68

The Indonesian Government has worked with other countries to apprehend and prosecute perpetrators of major bombings linked to militant Islamism and Al-Qaeda.75 The deadliest bombing killed 202 people (including 164 international tourists) in the Bali resort town of Kuta in 2002.76 The attacks, and subsequent travel warnings issued by other countries, severely damaged Indonesia's tourism industry and foreign investment prospects.77

Indonesia's armed forces (TNI) include the Army (TNI–AD), Navy (TNI–AL, which includes marines), and Air Force (TNI–AU).78 The army has about 400,000 active-duty personnel. Defense spending in the national budget was 4% of GDP in 2006, and is controversially supplemented by revenue from military commercial interests and foundations.79 One of the reforms following the 1998 resignation of Suharto was the removal of formal TNI representation in parliament; nevertheless, its political influence remains extensive.80

Separatist movements in the provinces of Aceh and Papua have led to armed conflict, and subsequent allegations of human rights abuses and brutality from all sides.8182 Following a sporadic thirty-year guerrilla war between the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) and the Indonesian military, a ceasefire agreement was reached in 2005.83 In Papua, there has been a significant, albeit imperfect, implementation of regional autonomy laws, and a reported decline in the levels of violence and human rights abuses, since the presidency of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.84

Administrative divisions

Administratively, Indonesia consists of 34 provinces, five of which have special status. Each province has its own legislature and governor. The provinces are subdivided into regencies (kabupaten) and cities (kota), which are further subdivided into districts (kecamatan or distrik in Papua and West Papua), and again into administrative villages (either desa, kelurahan, kampung, nagari in West Sumatra, or gampong in Aceh). Village is the lowest level of government administration in Indonesia. Furthermore, a village is divided into several community groups (Rukun-Warga (RW)) which are further divided into neighbourhood groups (Rukun-Tetangga (RT)). In Java the desa (village) is divided further into smaller units called dusun or dukuh (hamlets), these units are the same as Rukun-Warga. Following the implementation of regional autonomy measures in 2001, the regencies and cities have become the key administrative units, responsible for providing most government services. The village administration level is the most influential on a citizen's daily life and handles matters of a village or neighbourhood through an elected lurah or kepala desa (village chief).

The provinces of Aceh, Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Papua, and West Papua have greater legislative privileges and a higher degree of autonomy from the central government than the other provinces. The Acehnese government, for example, has the right to create certain elements of an independent legal system; in 2003, it instituted a form of Sharia Law (Islamic law).85 Yogyakarta was granted the status of Special Region in recognition of its pivotal role in supporting Indonesian Republicans during the Indonesian Revolution and its willingness to join Indonesia as a republic.86 Papua, formerly known as Irian Jaya, was granted special autonomy status in 2001 and was split into Papua and West Papua in February 2003.8788 Jakarta is the country's special capital region.

Indonesian provinces and their capitals, listed by region

Indonesian name is in parentheses if different from English.
* indicates provinces with Special Status


Mount Semeru and Mount Bromo in East Java. Indonesia's seismic and volcanic activity is among the world's highest.

Indonesia lies between latitudes 11°S and 6°N, and longitudes 95°E and 141°E. It consists of 17,508 islands, about 6,000 of which are inhabited.89 These are scattered over both sides of the equator. The largest are Java, Sumatra, Borneo (shared with Brunei and Malaysia), New Guinea (shared with Papua New Guinea), and Sulawesi. Indonesia shares land borders with Malaysia on Borneo, Papua New Guinea on the island of New Guinea, and East Timor on the island of Timor. Indonesia shares maritime borders across narrow straits with Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Palau to the north, and with Australia to the south. The capital, Jakarta, is on Java and is the nation's largest city, followed by Surabaya, Bandung, Medan, and Semarang.90

At 1,919,440 square kilometres (741,050 sq mi), Indonesia is the world's 15th-largest country in terms of land area and world's 7th-largest country in terms of combined sea and land area.91 Its average population density is 134 people per square kilometre (347 per sq mi), 79th in the world,92 although Java, the world's most populous island,93 has a population density of 940 people per square kilometre (2,435 per sq mi). At 4,884 metres (16,024 ft), Puncak Jaya in Papua is Indonesia's highest peak, and Lake Toba in Sumatra its largest lake, with an area of 1,145 square kilometres (442 sq mi). The country's largest rivers are in Kalimantan, and include the Mahakam and Barito; such rivers are communication and transport links between the island's river settlements.94

Indonesia's location on the edges of the Pacific, Eurasian, and Australian tectonic plates makes it the site of numerous volcanoes and frequent earthquakes. Indonesia has at least 150 active volcanoes,95 including Krakatoa and Tambora, both famous for their devastating eruptions in the 19th century. The eruption of the Toba supervolcano, approximately 70,000 years ago, was one of the largest eruptions ever, and a global catastrophe. Recent disasters due to seismic activity include the 2004 tsunami that killed an estimated 167,736 in northern Sumatra,96 and the Yogyakarta earthquake in 2006. However, volcanic ash is a major contributor to the high agricultural fertility that has historically sustained the high population densities of Java and Bali.97

Lying along the equator, Indonesia has a tropical climate, with two distinct monsoonal wet and dry seasons. Average annual rainfall in the lowlands varies from 1,780–3,175 millimetres (70.1–125.0 inches), and up to 6,100 millimetres (240 inches) in mountainous regions. Mountainous areas – particularly in the west coast of Sumatra, West Java, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, and Papua – receive the highest rainfall. Humidity is generally high, averaging about 80%. Temperatures vary little throughout the year; the average daily temperature range of Jakarta is 26–30 °C (79–86 °F).98

Biota and environment

The critically endangered Sumatran Orangutan, a great ape endemic to Indonesia.

Indonesia's size, tropical climate, and archipelagic geography, support the world's second highest level of biodiversity (after Brazil),99 and its flora and fauna is a mixture of Asian and Australasian species.100 The islands of the Sunda Shelf (Sumatra, Java, Borneo, and Bali) were once linked to the Asian mainland, and have a wealth of Asian fauna. Large species such as the tiger, rhinoceros, orangutan, elephant, and leopard, were once abundant as far east as Bali, but numbers and distribution have dwindled drastically. Forests cover approximately 60% of the country.101 In Sumatra and Kalimantan, these are predominantly of Asian species. However, the forests of the smaller, and more densely populated Java, have largely been removed for human habitation and agriculture. Sulawesi, Nusa Tenggara, and Maluku – having been long separated from the continental landmasses—have developed their own unique flora and fauna.102 Papua was part of the Australian landmass, and is home to a unique fauna and flora closely related to that of Australia, including over 600 bird species.103

Indonesia is second only to Australia in terms of total endemic species, with 36% of its 1,531 species of bird and 39% of its 515 species of mammal being endemic.104 Indonesia's 80,000 kilometres (50,000 miles) of coastline are surrounded by tropical seas that contribute to the country's high level of biodiversity. Indonesia has a range of sea and coastal ecosystems, including beaches, sand dunes, estuaries, mangroves, coral reefs, sea grass beds, coastal mudflats, tidal flats, algal beds, and small island ecosystems.10 Indonesia is one of Coral Triangle countries with the world's greatest diversity of coral reef fish with more than 1,650 species in eastern Indonesia only.105 The British naturalist, Alfred Wallace, described a dividing line between the distribution of Indonesia's Asian and Australasian species.106 Known as the Wallace Line, it runs roughly north–south along the edge of the Sunda Shelf, between Kalimantan and Sulawesi, and along the deep Lombok Strait, between Lombok and Bali. West of the line the flora and fauna are more Asian; moving east from Lombok, they are increasingly Australian. In his 1869 book, The Malay Archipelago, Wallace described numerous species unique to the area.107 The region of islands between his line and New Guinea is now termed Wallacea.106

Indonesia's high population and rapid industrialisation present serious environmental issues, which are often given a lower priority due to high poverty levels and weak, under-resourced governance.108 Issues include large-scale deforestation (much of it illegal) and related wildfires causing heavy smog over parts of western Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore; over-exploitation of marine resources; and environmental problems associated with rapid urbanisation and economic development, including air pollution, traffic congestion, garbage management, and reliable water and waste water services.108 Deforestation and the destruction of peatlands make Indonesia the world's third largest emitter of greenhouse gases.109 Habitat destruction threatens the survival of indigenous and endemic species, including 140 species of mammals identified by the World Conservation Union (IUCN) as threatened, and 15 identified as critically endangered, including Bali Starling,110 Sumatran Orangutan,111 and Javan Rhinoceros.110 Much of Indonesia's deforestation is caused by forest clearing for the palm oil Industry, which has cleared 18 million hectares of forest for palm oil expansion. Palm oil expansion requires land reallocation as well as changes to the local and natural ecosystems. Palm oil expansion can generate wealth for local communities, if done right. If done wrong, it can degrade ecosystems and cause social conflicts.112


Main article: Economy of Indonesia
Using water buffalo to plough rice fields in Java. Agriculture had been the country's largest employer for centuries.

Indonesia has a mixed economy in which both the private sector and government play significant roles.113 The country is the largest economy in Southeast Asia and a member of the G-20 major economies.114 Indonesia's estimated gross domestic product (nominal), as of 2012 was US$928.274 billion with estimated nominal per capita GDP was US$3,797, and per capita GDP PPP was US$4,943 (international dollars).115 The gross domestic product (GDP) is about $1 trillion4 and the debt ratio to the GDP is 26%.116 According to World Bank affiliated report based on 2011 data, the Indonesian economy was the world's 10th largest by nominal GDP (PPP based), with the country contributing 2.3 percent of global economic output.117118 The industry sector is the economy's largest and accounts for 46.4% of GDP (2012), this is followed by services (38.6%) and agriculture (14.4%). However, since 2012, the service sector has employed more people than other sectors, accounting for 48.9% of the total labour force, this has been followed by agriculture (38.6%) and industry (22.2%).119 Agriculture, however, had been the country's largest employer for centuries.120121

According to World Trade Organization data, Indonesia was the 27th biggest exporting country in the world in 2010, moving up three places from a year before.122 Indonesia's main export markets (2009) are Japan (17.28%), Singapore (11.29%), the United States (10.81%), and China (7.62%). The major suppliers of imports to Indonesia are Singapore (24.96%), China (12.52%), and Japan (8.92%). In 2005, Indonesia ran a trade surplus with export revenues of US$83.64 billion and import expenditure of US$62.02 billion. The country has extensive natural resources, including crude oil, natural gas, tin, copper, and gold. Indonesia's major imports include machinery and equipment, chemicals, fuels, and foodstuffs, and the country's major export commodities include oil and gas, electrical appliances, plywood, rubber, and textiles.89

Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia and the country's largest commercial center.

The tourism sector contributes to around US$9 billion of foreign exchange in 2012, and ranked as the 4th largest among goods and services export sectors.123 Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, China and Japan are the top five source of visitors to Indonesia.

In the 1960s the economy deteriorated drastically as a result of political instability, a young and inexperienced government, and economic nationalism, which resulted in severe poverty and hunger. By the time of Sukarno's downfall in the mid-1960s, the economy was in chaos with 1,000% annual inflation, shrinking export revenues, crumbling infrastructure, factories operating at minimal capacity, and negligible investment. Following President Sukarno's downfall in the mid-1960s, the New Order administration brought a degree of discipline to economic policy that quickly brought inflation down, stabilised the currency, rescheduled foreign debt, and attracted foreign aid and investment. (See Berkeley Mafia). Indonesia was until recently Southeast Asia's only member of OPEC, and the 1970s oil price raises provided an export revenue windfall that contributed to sustained high economic growth rates, averaging over 7% from 1968 to 1981.124 Following further reforms in the late 1980s,125 foreign investment flowed into Indonesia, particularly into the rapidly developing export-oriented manufacturing sector, and from 1989 to 1997, the Indonesian economy grew by an average of over 7%.126127

Indonesia was the country hardest hit by the Asian financial crisis of 1997–98. During the crisis there were sudden and large capital outflows leading the rupiah to go into free fall. Against the US dollar the rupiah dropped from about Rp 2,600 in late 1997 to a low point of around Rp 17,000 some months later and the economy shrank by a remarkable 13.7%. These developments led to widespread economic distress across the economy and contributed to the political crisis of 1998 which saw Suharto resign as president.128 The rupiah later stabilised in the Rp. 8,000 range129 and economic growth returned to 4% per year by 2000.130 However, the currency still fluctuates, dropping below Rp 11,000 per dollar in September 2013. In addition, corruption has been a persistent problem. Transparency International, for example, has since ranked Indonesia below 100 in its Corruption Perceptions Index.131132 Since 2007, however, with the improvement in banking sector and domestic consumption, national economic growth has accelerated to over 6% annually133134135 and this helped the country weather the 2008–2009 global recession.136 The Indonesian economy performed strongly during the Global Financial Crisis and in 2012 its GDP grew by over 6%.137 The country regained its investment grade rating in late 2011 after losing it in the 1997.138 However, as of 2012, an estimated 11.7% of the population lived below the poverty line and the official open unemployment rate was 6.1%.89


Balinese children. There are around 300 distinct native ethnicities in Indonesia.

According to the 2010 national census, the population of Indonesia is 237.6 million,139 with high population growth at 1.9%.140 58% of the population lives in Java,139 the world's most populous island.93 In 1961 the first post-colonial census gave a total population of 97 million.141 Population is expected to grow to around 269 million by 2020 and 321 million by 2050.142


There are around 300 distinct native ethnic groups in Indonesia, and 742 different languages and dialects.143144 Most Indonesians are descended from Austronesian-speaking peoples whose languages can be traced to Proto-Austronesian (PAn), which possibly originated in Taiwan. Another major grouping are Melanesians, who inhabit eastern Indonesia.2290145 The largest ethnic group is the Javanese, who comprise 42% of the population, and are politically and culturally dominant.146 The Sundanese, ethnic Malays, and Madurese are the largest non-Javanese groups.147 A sense of Indonesian nationhood exists alongside strong regional identities.148 Social, religious and ethnic tensions have triggered horrendous violence.149150151 Chinese Indonesians are an influential ethnic minority comprising 3–4% of the population.152 Much of the country's privately owned commerce and wealth is Chinese-Indonesian-controlled.153154 Chinese businesses in Indonesia are part of the larger bamboo network, a network of overseas Chinese businesses operating in the markets of Southeast Asia that share common family and cultural ties.155 This has contributed to considerable resentment, and even anti-Chinese violence.156157158


Minaret of the Menara Kudus Mosque, influenced by both Islamic and mainly Javanese art and architecture.
Main article: Religion in Indonesia

While religious freedom is stipulated in the Indonesian constitution,159 the government officially recognises only six religions: Islam, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism.160 Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation, at 87.2% in 2010, with the majority being Sunni (99%).161162 The Shias and Ahmadis respectively constitute 0.5% and 0.2% of the Muslim population.163 On 21 May 2011 the Indonesian Sunni-Shia Council (MUHSIN) was established. The council aims to hold gatherings, dialogues and social activities. It was an answer to violence committed in the name of religion.164 Seven percent of the population was Protestant Christian, 2.9% Catholic Christian, 1.7% Hindu, and 0.9% Buddhist or other. Most Indonesian Hindus are Balinese,165 and most Buddhists in modern-day Indonesia are ethnic Chinese.166 Though now minority religions, Hinduism and Buddhism remain defining influences in Indonesian culture. Islam was first adopted by Indonesians in northern Sumatra in the 13th century, through the influence of traders, and became the country's dominant religion by the 16th century.167 Roman Catholicism was brought to Indonesia by early Portuguese colonialists and missionaries,168169 and the Protestant denominations are largely a result of Dutch Calvinist and Lutheran missionary efforts during the country's colonial period.170171172 A large proportion of Indonesians—such as the Javanese abangan, Balinese Hindus, and Dayak Christians—practice a less orthodox, syncretic form of their religion, which draws on local customs and beliefs.173


Education in Indonesia is compulsory for twelve years.174175 Parents can choose between state-run, non sectarian public schools supervised by the Department of National Education (Depdiknas) or private or semi-private religious (usually Islamic) schools supervised and financed by the Department of Religious Affairs.176 The enrolment rate is 94% for primary education (2011), 75% for secondary education, and 27% for tertiary education. The literacy rate is 93% (2011).177

Cities and towns

Largest cities or towns in Indonesia
Statistics Indonesia (2010)178
Rank Name Province Pop. Rank Name Province Pop.
1 Jakarta Jakarta 9,588,198 11 South Tangerang Banten 1,290,322 Bandung
2 Surabaya East Java 2,765,487 12 Bogor West Java 950,334
3 Bandung West Java 2,394,873 13 Batam Riau Islands 944,285
4 Bekasi West Java 2,334,871 14 Pekanbaru Riau 897,767
5 Medan North Sumatra 2,097,610 15 Bandar Lampung Lampung 881,801
6 Tangerang Banten 1,798,601 16 Padang West Sumatra 833,562
7 Depok West Java 1,738,570 17 Malang East Java 820,243
8 Semarang Central Java 1,555,984 18 Denpasar Bali 788,589
9 Palembang South Sumatra 1,455,284 19 Samarinda East Kalimantan 727,500
10 Makassar South Sulawesi 1,338,663 20 Tasikmalaya West Java 635,464


More than 700 living languages are spoken in Indonesia.179 Most belong to the Austronesian language family, with a few Papuan languages also spoken. The official language is Indonesian (locally known as Bahasa Indonesia), a variant of Malay,180 which was used in the archipelago, — borrowing heavily from local languages of Indonesia such as Javanese, Sundanese, Minangkabau, etc. The Indonesian language is primarily used in commerce, administration, education and the media, but most Indonesians speak other languages, such as Javanese, as their first language.179

Indonesian language is based on the prestige dialect of Malay, that of the Johor-Riau Sultanate, which for centuries had been the lingua franca of the archipelago, standards of which are the official languages in Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei. Indonesian is universally taught in schools, consequently it is spoken by nearly every Indonesian. It is the language of business, politics, national media, education, and academia. It was promoted by Indonesian nationalists in the 1920s, and declared the official language under the name Bahasa Indonesia on the proclamation of independence in 1945. Most Indonesians speak at least one of the several hundred local languages and dialects, often as their first language. Of these, Javanese is the most widely spoken as the language of the largest ethnic group.89 On the other hand, Papua has over 270 indigenous Papuan and Austronesian languages,181 in a region of about 2.7 million people.


SEA Games 2011 opening ceremony in Palembang.
Main article: Sport in Indonesia

Sports in Indonesia are generally male-orientated and spectator sports are often associated with illegal gambling.182 The most popular sports are badminton and football. Indonesian players have won the Thomas Cup (the world team championship of men's badminton) thirteen of the twenty-six times that it has been held since 1949, as well as numerous Olympic medals since the sport gained full Olympic status in 1992. Its women have won the Uber Cup, the female equivalent of the Thomas Cup, twice, in 1994 and 1996. Liga Indonesia is the country's premier football club league. Traditional sports include sepak takraw, and bull racing in Madura. In areas with a history of tribal warfare, mock fighting contests are held, such as caci in Flores and pasola in Sumba. Pencak Silat is an Indonesian martial art.


A selection of Indonesian food, including ikan bakar (roasted fish), ayam goreng (fried chicken), nasi timbel (rice wrapped in banana leaf), sambal, fried tempeh and tofu, and sayur asem.
Main article: Culture of Indonesia

Indonesia has about 300 ethnic groups, each with cultural identities developed over centuries, and influenced by Indian, Arabic, Chinese, and European sources. Traditional Javanese and Balinese dances, for example, contain aspects of Hindu culture and mythology, as do wayang kulit (shadow puppet) performances. Textiles such as batik, ikat, ulos and songket are created across Indonesia in styles that vary by region. The most dominant influences on Indonesian architecture have traditionally been Indian; however, Chinese, Arab, and European architectural influences have been significant.

Wayang Kulit (shadow puppet) in Wayang Purwa type, depicting five Pandava, from left to right: Bhima, Arjuna, Yudhishtira, Nakula, and Sahadeva, Indonesia Museum, Jakarta.

Indonesian cuisine varies by region and is based on Chinese, European, Middle Eastern, and Indian precedents.183 Rice is the main staple food and is served with side dishes of meat and vegetables. Spices (notably chili), coconut milk, fish and chicken are fundamental ingredients.184 Indonesian traditional music includes gamelan and keroncong. The Indonesian film industry's popularity peaked in the 1980s and dominated cinemas in Indonesia,185 although it declined significantly in the early 1990s.186 Between 2000 and 2005, the number of Indonesian films released each year has steadily increased.185

The oldest evidence of writing in Indonesia is a series of Sanskrit inscriptions dated to the 5th century. Important figures in modern Indonesian literature include: Dutch author Multatuli, who criticised treatment of the Indonesians under Dutch colonial rule; Sumatrans Muhammad Yamin and Hamka, who were influential pre-independence nationalist writers and politicians;187 and proletarian writer Pramoedya Ananta Toer, Indonesia's most famous novelist.188189 Many of Indonesia's peoples have strongly rooted oral traditions, which help to define and preserve their cultural identities.190

Media freedom in Indonesia increased considerably after the end of President Suharto's rule, during which the now-defunct Ministry of Information monitored and controlled domestic media, and restricted foreign media.191 The TV market includes ten national commercial networks, and provincial networks that compete with public TVRI. Private radio stations carry their own news bulletins and foreign broadcasters supply programs. At a reported 25 million users in 2008,192 Internet usage was estimated at 12.5% in September 2009.193 More than 30 million cell phones are sold in Indonesia each year, and 27% of them are local brands.194

See also


  1. ^ "Indonesia" (Country Studies ed.). US Library of Congress. 
  2. ^ Vickers, p. 117
  3. ^ "Population". (in Indonesian). Bank Indonesia. 30 June 2014. Retrieved 9 September 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Indonesia". International Monetary Fund. Retrieved 2 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "Gini Index". World Bank. Retrieved 2 March 2011. 
  6. ^ "Human Development Reports 2014". United Nations. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  7. ^ "The Naming Procedures of Indonesia's Islands", Tenth United Nations Conference on the Standardization of Geographical Names, New York, 31 July – 9 August 2012, United Nations Economic and Social Council
  8. ^ "Poverty in Indonesia: Always with them". The Economist. 14 September 2006. Retrieved 26 December 2006. ; correction.
  9. ^ Guerin, G (23 May 2006). "Don't count on a Suharto accounting". Asia Times Online (Hong Kong). 
  10. ^ a b Tomascik, T; Mah, JA; Nontji, A; Moosa, MK (1996). The Ecology of the Indonesian Seas – Part One. Hong Kong: Periplus Editions. ISBN 962-593-078-7. 
  11. ^ a b Anshory, Irfan (16 August 2004). "Asal Usul Nama Indonesia" (in Indonesian). Pikiran Rakyat. Archived from the original on 15 December 2006. Retrieved 5 October 2006. 
  12. ^ Earl, George SW (1850). "On The Leading Characteristics of the Papuan, Australian and Malay-Polynesian Nations". Journal of the Indian Archipelago and Eastern Asia (JIAEA): 119. 
  13. ^ Logan, James Richardson (1850). "The Ethnology of the Indian Archipelago: Embracing Enquiries into the Continental Relations of the Indo-Pacific Islanders". Journal of the Indian Archipelago and Eastern Asia (JIAEA): 4:252–347. 
  14. ^ Earl, George SW (1850). "On The Leading Characteristics of the Papuan, Australian and Malay-Polynesian Nations". Journal of the Indian Archipelago and Eastern Asia (JIAEA): 254, 277–8. 
  15. ^ a b Justus M van der Kroef (1951). "The Term Indonesia: Its Origin and Usage". Journal of the American Oriental Society 71 (3): 166–71. doi:10.2307/595186. JSTOR 595186. 
  16. ^ Brown, Colin (2003). A short history of Indonesia: the unlikely nation?. Allen & Unwin. p. 13. ISBN 1-86508-838-2. 
  17. ^ Choi, Kildo; Driwantoro, Dubel (2007). "Shell tool use by early members of Homo erectus in Sangiran, central Java, Indonesia: cut mark evidence". Journal of Archaeological Science 34: 48. doi:10.1016/j.jas.2006.03.013. 
  18. ^ Finding showing human ancestor older than previously thought offers new insights into evolution. 5 July 2011. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  19. ^ Pope, GG (1988). "Recent advances in far eastern paleoanthropology". Annual Review of Anthropology 17: 43–77. doi:10.1146/  cited in Whitten, T; Soeriaatmadja, RE; Suraya AA (1996). The Ecology of Java and Bali. Hong Kong: Periplus Editions. pp. 309–12. ; Pope, GG (1983). "Evidence on the age of the Asian Hominidae". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 80 (16): 4988–92. doi:10.1073/pnas.80.16.4988. PMC 384173. PMID 6410399.  cited in Whitten, T; Soeriaatmadja, RE; Suraya AA (1996). The Ecology of Java and Bali. Hong Kong: Periplus Editions. p. 309. ; de Vos, JP; PY Sondaar (1994). "Dating hominid sites in Indonesia". Science 266 (16): 4988–92. doi:10.1126/science.7992059.  cited in Whitten, T; Soeriaatmadja, RE; Suraya AA (1996). The Ecology of Java and Bali. Hong Kong: Periplus Editions. p. 309. 
  20. ^ "The Great Human Migration". Smithsonian. July 2008. p. 2. 
  21. ^ Evidence of 42,000 year old deep sea fishing revealed | Archaeology News from Past Horizons. 26 November 2011. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  22. ^ a b Taylor, pp. 5–7
  23. ^ Taylor, pp. 8–9
  24. ^ Taylor, pp. 15–18
  25. ^ Taylor, pp. 3, 9–11, 13–5, 18–20, 22–3
  26. ^ Vickers, pp. 18–20, 60, 133–4
  27. ^ Guide to the Temples of Java (Indonesia) by Approach Guides,David Raezer,Jennifer Raezer
  28. ^ Taylor, pp. 22–26
  29. ^ Ricklefs, p. 3
  30. ^ Peter Lewis (1982). "The next great empire". Futures 14 (1): 47–61. doi:10.1016/0016-3287(82)90071-4. 
  31. ^ Ricklefs, pp. 3–14
  32. ^ Ricklefs (1991), pp. 12–14
  33. ^ Ricklefs (1991), pp. 22–24
  34. ^ Ricklefs, p. 24
  35. ^ Dutch troops were constantly engaged in quelling rebellions both on and off Java. The influence of local leaders such as Prince Diponegoro in central Java, Imam Bonjol in central Sumatra and Pattimura in Maluku, and a bloody thirty-year war in Aceh weakened the Dutch and tied up the colonial military forces.(Schwartz (1999). "A Nation in Waiting: Indonesia's Search for Stability. 2nd Edition". St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin. pp. 3–4. )
  36. ^ a b Ricklefs
  37. ^ Gert Oostindie and Bert Paasman (1998). "Dutch Attitudes towards Colonial Empires, Indigenous Cultures, and Slaves". Eighteenth-Century Studies 31 (3): 349–55. doi:10.1353/ecs.1998.0021. 
  38. ^ "Indonesia: World War II and the Struggle For Independence, 1942–50; The Japanese Occupation, 1942–45". Library of Congress. 1992. 
  39. ^ Cited in: Dower, John W. War Without Mercy: Race and Power in the Pacific War (1986; Pantheon; ISBN 0-394-75172-8)
  40. ^ HJ Van Mook (1949). "Indonesia". Royal Institute of International Affairs 25 (3): 274–85. JSTOR 3016666. 
  41. ^ a b Charles Bidien (5 December 1945). "Independence the Issue". Far Eastern Survey 14 (24): 345–8. doi:10.1525/as.1945.14.24.01p17062. JSTOR 3023219. 
  42. ^ Taylor, p. 325
  43. ^ "Indonesian War of Independence". Military. Global Security. Retrieved 11 December 2006. 
  44. ^ Indonesia's 1969 Takeover of West Papua Not by "Free Choice". National Security Archive, Suite 701, Gelman Library, The George Washington University.
  45. ^ Irian Jaya Under the Gun, Jim Elmslie, University of Hawaii Press, 2002, pg. 12
  46. ^ Ricklefs, pp. 237–280
  47. ^ Friend, pp. 107–109
  48. ^ Chris Hilton (writer and director) (2001). Shadowplay (Television documentary). Vagabond Films and Hilton Cordell Productions. 
  49. ^ Ricklefs, pp. 280–283, 284, 287–290
  50. ^ John Roosa and Joseph Nevins (5 November 2005). "40 Years Later: The Mass Killings in Indonesia". CounterPunch. Retrieved 12 November 2006. 
  51. ^ Robert Cribb (2002). "Unresolved Problems in the Indonesian Killings of 1965–1966". Asian Survey 42 (4): 550–563. doi:10.1525/as.2002.42.4.550. 
  52. ^ John D. Legge (1968). "General Suharto's New Order". Royal Institute of International Affairs 44 (1): 40–47. JSTOR 2613527. 
  53. ^ US National Archives, RG 59 Records of Department of State; cable no. 868, ref: Embtel 852, 5 October 1965.
  54. ^ Vickers, p. 163
  55. ^ David Slater, Geopolitics and the Post-Colonial: Rethinking North–South Relations, London: Blackwell, p. 70
  56. ^ Vickers
  57. ^ Schwarz
  58. ^ Delhaise, Philippe F (1998). Asia in Crisis: The Implosion of the Banking and Finance Systems. Willey. p. 123. ISBN 0-471-83450-5. 
  59. ^ "President Suharto resigns". BBC. 21 May 1998. Retrieved 12 November 2006. 
  60. ^ Burr, W.; Evans, M.L. (6 December 2001). "Ford and Kissinger Gave Green Light to Indonesia's Invasion of East Timor, 1975: New Documents Detail Conversations with Suharto". National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 62. National Security Archive, The George Washington University, Washington, DC. Retrieved 17 September 2006. ; "International Religious Freedom Report". Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. US: Department of State. 17 October 2002. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 29 September 2006. 
  61. ^ Robert W. Hefner (2000). "Religious Ironies in East Timor". Religion in the News 3 (1). Retrieved 12 December 2006. 
  62. ^ "Aceh rebels sign peace agreement". BBC. 15 August 2005. Retrieved 12 December 2006. 
  63. ^ In 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001
  64. ^ a b Susi Dwi Harijanti and Tim Lindsey (2006). "Indonesia: General elections test the amended Constitution and the new Constitutional Court". International Journal of Constitutional Law 4 (1): 138–150. doi:10.1093/icon/moi055. 
  65. ^ "The Carter Center 2004 Indonesia Election Report" (PDF) (Press release). The Carter Center. 2004. Retrieved 13 December 2006. 
  66. ^ (2002), The fourth Amendment of 1945 Indonesia Constitution, Chapter III – The Executive Power, Art. 7.
  67. ^ People's Consultative Assembly (MPR-RI). Ketetapan MPR-RI Nomor II/MPR/2000 tentang Perubahan Kedua Peraturan Tata Tertib Majelis Permusyawaratan Rakyat Republik Indonesia (PDF) (in Indonesian). Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 7 November 2006. 
  68. ^ a b c d "Background Note: Indonesia". U.S. Library of Congress. U.S. Department of State. Retrieved 26 November 2009. 
  69. ^ Reforms include total control of statutes production without executive branch interventions; all members are now elected (reserved seats for military representatives have now been removed); and the introduction of fundamental rights exclusive to the DPR. (see Harijanti and Lindsey 2006)
  70. ^ Based on the 2001 constitution amendment, the DPD comprises four popularly elected non-partisan members from each of the thirty-three provinces for national political representation. People's Consultative Assembly (MPR-RI). Third Amendment to the 1945 Constitution of The Republic of Indonesia (PDF). Archived from the original on 1 December 2006. Retrieved 13 December 2006. 
  71. ^ a b "Country Profile: Indonesia" (PDF). U.S Library of Congress. December 2004. Retrieved 9 December 2006. 
  72. ^ Wong, Kristina (23 July 2009). "abc NEWS Poll: Obama's Popularity Lifts U.S. Global Image". USA: ABC. Retrieved 23 October 2011. 
  73. ^ "Indonesia – Foreign Policy". U.S. Library of Congress. U.S. Library of Congress. Retrieved 5 May 2007. 
  74. ^ Indonesia temporarily withdrew from the UN on 20 January 1965 in response to the fact that Malaysia was elected as a non-permanent member of the Security Council. It announced its intention to "resume full cooperation with the United Nations and to resume participation in its activities" on 19 September 1966, and was invited to re-join the UN on 28 September 1966.
  75. ^ Chris Wilson (11 October 2001). "Indonesia and Transnational Terrorism". Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade Group. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 15 October 2006. ; Reyko Huang (23 May 2002). "Priority Dilemmas: U.S. – Indonesia Military Relations in the Anti Terror War". Terrorism Project. Center for Defense Information. 
  76. ^ "Commemoration of 3rd anniversary of bombings". Melbourne: The Age Newspaper. AAP. 10 December 2006. 
  77. ^ "Travel Warning: Indonesia" (Press release). US Embassy, Jakarta. 10 May 2005. Archived from the original on 11 November 2006. Retrieved 26 December 2006. 
  78. ^ Chew, Amy (7 July 2002). "Indonesia military regains ground". CNN Asia. Retrieved 24 April 2007. 
  79. ^ Witular, Rendi A. (19 May 2005). "Susilo Approves Additional Military Funding". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 24 April 2007. 
  80. ^ Friend, pp. 473–475, 484
  81. ^ Friend, pp. 270–273, 477–480
  82. ^ "Indonesia flashpoints: Aceh". BBC News (BBC). 29 December 2005. Retrieved 20 May 2007. 
  83. ^ "Indonesia agrees Aceh peace deal". BBC News (BBC). 17 July 2005. Retrieved 20 May 2007. ; Harvey, Rachel (18 September 2005). "Indonesia starts Aceh withdrawal". BBC News (BBC). Retrieved 20 May 2007. 
  84. ^ Lateline TV Current Affairs (20 April 2006). "Sidney Jones on South East Asian conflicts". TV Program transcript, Interview with South East Asia director of the International Crisis Group (Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC)). Archived from the original on 18 September 2006. ; International Crisis Group (5 September 2006). "Papua: Answer to Frequently Asked Questions" (PDF). Update Briefing (International Crisis Group) (53): 1. Archived from the original on 18 September 2006. Retrieved 17 September 2006. 
  85. ^ Michelle Ann Miller (2004). "The Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam law: a serious response to Acehnese separatism?". Asian Ethnicity 5 (3): 333–351. doi:10.1080/1463136042000259789. 
  86. ^ The positions of governor and its vice governor are prioritized for descendants of the Sultan of Yogyakarta and Paku Alam, respectively, much like a sultanate. (Elucidation on the Indonesia Law No. 22/1999 Regarding Regional Governance. People's Representative Council (1999). Chapter XIV Other Provisions, Art. 122; Indonesia Law No. 5/1974 Concerning Basic Principles on Administration in the Region PDF (146 KB) (translated version). The President of Republic of Indonesia (1974). Chapter VII Transitional Provisions, Art. 91)
  87. ^ Part of the autonomy package was the introduction of the Papuan People's Council, which was tasked with arbitration and speaking on behalf of Papuan tribal customs. However, the implementation of the autonomy measures has been criticized as half-hearted and incomplete. Dursin, Richel; Kafil Yamin (18 November 2004). "Another Fine Mess in Papua". Editorial. The Jakarta Post. p. 6. 
  88. ^ "Papua Chronology Confusing Signals from Jakarta". International NGO Forum on Indonesian Development. 18 November 2004. Retrieved 5 October 2006. dead link
  89. ^ a b c d "Indonesia". CIA. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  90. ^ a b Witton, Patrick (2003). Indonesia. Melbourne: Lonely Planet. pp. 139, 181, 251, 435. ISBN 1-74059-154-2. 
  91. ^ Central Intelligence Agency (17 October 2006). "Rank Order Area". The World Factbook. US CIA, Washington, DC. Retrieved 3 November 2006. 
  92. ^ "Population density – Persons per km2 2006". CIA world factbook. Photius Coutsoukis. 2006. Retrieved 4 October 2006. 
  93. ^ a b Calder, Joshua (3 May 2006). "Most Populous Islands". World Island Information. Retrieved 26 September 2006. 
  94. ^ "Republic of Indonesia". Encarta. Microsoft. 2006. Archived from the original on 31 October 2009. 
  95. ^ "Volcanoes of Indonesia". Global Volcanism Program. Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 25 March 2007. 
  96. ^ "The Human Toll". UN Office of the Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery. United Nations. Archived from the original on 19 May 2007. Retrieved 25 March 2007. 
  97. ^ Whitten, T; Soeriaatmadja, R. E.; Suraya A. A. (1996). The Ecology of Java and Bali. Hong Kong: Periplus Editions Ltd. pp. 95–97. 
  98. ^ "About Jakarta And Depok". University of Indonesia. University of Indonesia. Archived from the original on 4 May 2006. Retrieved 24 April 2007. 
  99. ^ Brown, Lester R. (1997). State of the World 1997: A Worldwatch Institute Report on Progress Toward a Sustainable Society (14th edition). New York: W. W. Norton & Company. p. 7. ISBN 0-393-04008-9. 
  100. ^ "Indonesia's Natural Wealth: The Right of a Nation and Her People". Islam Online. 22 May 2003. Archived from the original on 17 October 2006. Retrieved 6 October 2006. 
  101. ^ "Globalis-Indonesia". Globalis, an interactive world map. Global Virtual University. Retrieved 14 May 2007. 
  102. ^ Whitten, T.; Henderson, G.; Mustafa, M. (1996). The Ecology of Sulawesi. Hong Kong: Periplus Editions Ltd. ISBN 962-593-075-2. ; Monk,, K.A.; Fretes, Y.; Reksodiharjo-Lilley, G. (1996). The Ecology of Nusa Tenggara and Maluku. Hong Kong: Periplus Editions Ltd. ISBN 962-593-076-0. 
  103. ^ "Indonesia". InterKnowledge Corp. Retrieved 6 October 2006. 
  104. ^ "Lambertini, A Naturalist's Guide to the Tropics, excerpt". Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  105. ^ Tamindael, Otniel (17 May 2011). "Coral reef destruction spells humanitarian disaster". Antara news. Retrieved 30 May 2011. 
  106. ^ a b Severin, Tim (1997). The Spice Island Voyage: In Search of Wallace. Great Britain: Abacus Travel. ISBN 0-349-11040-9. 
  107. ^ Wallace, A.R. (2000) [1869]. The Malay Archipelago. Periplus Editions. ISBN 962-593-645-9. 
  108. ^ a b Jason R. Miller (30 January 1997). "Deforestation in Indonesia and the Orangutan Population". TED Case Studies. Retrieved 14 August 2007. 
  109. ^ Higgins, Andrew (19 November 2009). "A climate threat, rising from the soil". The Washington Post. Retrieved 11 December 2009. 
  110. ^ a b BirdLife International (2010). Leucopsar rothschildi. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 2 December 2011.
  111. ^ Massicot, Paul. "Animal Info – Indonesia". Animal Info – Information on Endangered Mammals. Retrieved 14 August 2007. 
  112. ^ Marcus Colchester, Normal Jiwan, Andiko, Martua Sirait, Asup Y. Firdaus, A. Surambo, Herbert Pane. "Promised Land Palm Oil and Land Acquisition in Indonesia: Implication for Local Communities and Indigenous People". Retrieved 26 March 2012. 
  113. ^ "Economy of Indonesia". 3 November 2010. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  114. ^ "What is the G-20". G-20. Archived from the original on 4 May 2011. Retrieved 6 October 2009. 
  115. ^ "Report for Selected Countries and Subjects". 14 September 2006. Retrieved 17 July 2011. 
  116. ^ "News – SBY: Indonesia Will Be in the Top 10". 13 June 2011. Retrieved 17 July 2011. 
  117. ^ "RI 10th-largest economy: WB". The Jakarta Post. 5 May 2014. 
  118. ^ "World Bank: Indonesia World's 10th Largest Economy". Jakarta Globe. 4 May 2014. 
  119. ^ "Indonesia Economy Profile 2011". Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  120. ^ "Indonesia — Agriculture". Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  121. ^ "Clearinghouse Countries: Indonesia". Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  122. ^ "Indonesia rises to 27th biggest exporter in the world in 2010". The Jakarta Post. 6 July 2011. Retrieved 17 July 2011. 
  123. ^ Muhammad Hasanudin (5 September 2013). "Devisa Pariwisata 2013 Ditargetkan 10 Miliar Dollar AS" (in Indonesian). Jakarta: Retrieved 24 December 2013.  Check date values in: |year= / |date= mismatch (help)
  124. ^ Schwarz, pp. 52–57
  125. ^ Following a slowing of growth in the 1980s, due to over regulation and dependence on declining oil prices, growth slowed to an average of 4.3% per annum between 1981 and 1988. A range of economic reforms were introduced in the late 1980s. Reforms included a managed devaluation of the rupiah to improve export competitiveness, and de-regulation of the financial sector (Schwarz, pp. 52–57).
  126. ^ Schwarz, pp. 52–57.
  127. ^ "Indonesia: Country Brief". Indonesia: Key Development Data & Statistics. The World Bank. September 2006. 
  128. ^ "Indonesia: Country Brief". Indonesia:Key Development Data & Statistics. The World Bank. September 2006. 
  129. ^ "Historical Exchange Rates". OANDA. 7 January 2010. Retrieved 28 April 2010. 
  130. ^ "World Bank data". Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  131. ^ "Policy research". Transparency International. 
  132. ^ "2010 Corruption Perceptions Index". Transparency International. 15 December 2010. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  133. ^ "Report for Selected Countries and Subjects". IMF. 14 September 2006. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  134. ^ "Monetary Policy Report Quarter IV / 2010 – Central Bank of Republic of Indonesia". 3 December 2010. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  135. ^ "Indonesia's economy continues to surprise". East Asia Forum. 25 September 2010. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  136. ^ "IMF Survey: Indonesia's Choice of Policy Mix Critical to Ongoing Growth". IMF. 28 July 2009. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  137. ^ "Indonesian Economy Grows at Top Clip Since '90s". 7 February 2012. 
  138. ^ "Fitch Upgrades Indonesia's Rating to Investment Grade". 15 December 2011. 
  139. ^ a b "Central Bureau of Statistics: Census 2010" (in Indonesian). Badan Pusat Statistik. Retrieved 17 January 2011. 
  140. ^ "Fifty years needed to bring population growth to zero". 19 March 2011. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  141. ^ Widjojo Nitisastro (2006). "Population Trends in Indonesia". Equinox Publishing. p. 268. ISBN 9793780436. 
  142. ^ World Population Prospects: The 2012 Revision (2012). Indonesia. Population (thousands). Median variant. 1950–2100. United Nations
  143. ^ "An Overview of Indonesia". Living in Indonesia, A Site for Expatriates. Expat Web Site Association. Retrieved 5 October 2006. 
  144. ^ Merdekawaty, E. (6 July 2006). ""Bahasa Indonesia" and languages of Indonesia" (PDF). UNIBZ – Introduction to Linguistics. Free University of Bozen. Retrieved 17 July 2006. 
  145. ^ Dawson, B.; Gillow, J. (1994). The Traditional Architecture of Indonesia. London: Thames and Hudson Ltd. p. 7. ISBN 0-500-34132-X. 
  146. ^ Kingsbury, Damien (2003). Autonomy and Disintegration in Indonesia. Routledge. p. 131. ISBN 0-415-29737-0. 
  147. ^ Small but significant populations of ethnic Chinese, Indians, Europeans and Arabs are concentrated mostly in urban areas.
  148. ^ Ricklefs, p. 256
  149. ^ Domestic migration (including the official Transmigrasi program) are a cause of violence including the massacre of hundreds of Madurese by a local Dayak community in West Kalimantan, and conflicts in Maluku, Central Sulawesi, and parts of Papua and West Papua T.N. Pudjiastuti (2002). "Migration & Conflict in Indonesia" (PDF). International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP), Paris. Retrieved 17 September 2006. 
  150. ^ "Kalimantan The Conflict". Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research. Conflict Prevention Initiative, Harvard University. Archived from the original on 12 December 2009. Retrieved 7 January 2007. 
  151. ^ J.W. Ajawaila; M.J. Papilaya; Tonny D. Pariela; F. Nahusona; G. Leasa; T. Soumokil; James Lalaun and W. R. Sihasale (1999). Proposal Pemecahan Masalah Kerusuhan di Ambon. Report on Church and Human Rights Persecution in Indonesia (Ambon, Indonesia: Fica-Net). Retrieved 29 September 2006. ; Kyoto University: Sulawesi Kaken Team & Center for Southeast Asian Studies Bugis Sailors PDF (124 KB)
  152. ^ Johnston notes that less than 1% of the country's 210 million inhabitants described themselves as ethnic Chinese. Many sociologists regard this as a serious underestimate: they believe that somewhere between six million and seven million people of Chinese descent are now living in Indonesia. The Republic of China (Taiwan)'s Overseas Compatriot Affairs Commission gives a figure of 7,776,000, including 207,000 of Taiwan origin; see Statistical Yearbook, Taipai: Overseas Compatriot Affairs Commission, 2007, pp. 11–13, ISSN 1024-4374. Retrieved 30 September 2010.
  153. ^ Schwarz, pp. 53, 80–81
  154. ^ Friend, pp. 85–87, 164–165, 233–237
  155. ^ Murray L Weidenbaum (1 January 1996). The Bamboo Network: How Expatriate Chinese Entrepreneurs are Creating a New Economic Superpower in Asia. Martin Kessler Books, Free Press. pp. 4–8. ISBN 978-0-684-82289-1. 
  156. ^ M. F. Swasono (1997). "Indigenous Cultures in the Development of Indonesia". Integration of endogenous cultural dimension into development. Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi. Retrieved 17 September 2006. 
  157. ^ Long, Simon (9 April 1998). "The Overseas Chinese". Prospect Magazine. Retrieved 10 April 2011.  The riots in Jakarta in 1998—much of which were aimed at the Chinese—were, in part, expressions of this resentment. M. Ocorandi (28 May 1998). "An Analysis of the Implication of Suharto's resignation for Chinese Indonesians". Worldwide HuaRen Peace Mission. Retrieved 26 September 2006. 
  158. ^ F.H. Winarta (August 2004). "Bhinneka Tunggal Ika Belum Menjadi Kenyataan Menjelang HUT Kemerdekaan RI Ke-59" (in Indonesian). Komisi Hukum Nasional Republik Indonesia (National Law Commission, Republic of Indonesia), Jakarta. 
  159. ^ "The 1945 Constitution of the Republic of Indonesia". US-ASEAN. Archived from the original on 9 January 2006. Retrieved 2 October 2006. 
  160. ^ Yang, Heriyanto (August 2005). "The History and Legal Position of Confucianism in Post Independence Indonesia" (PDF). Marburg Journal of Religion 10 (1): 8. Retrieved 2 October 2006. 
  161. ^ Sunni and Shia Muslims. 27 January 2011.
  162. ^ "Penduduk Menurut Wilayah dan Agama yang Dianut" [Population by Region and Religion]. Sensus Penduduk 2010. Jakarta, Indonesia: Badan Pusat Statistik. 15 May 2010. Retrieved 20 November 2011. Religion is belief in Almighty God that must be possessed by every human being. Religion can be divided into Muslim, Protestant, Catholic, Hindu, Buddhist, Hu Khong Chu, and Other Religion.  Muslim 207176162 (87.18%), Christian 16528513 (6.96), Catholic 6907873 (2.91), Hindu 4012116 (1.69), Buddhist 1703254 (0.72), Khong Hu Chu 117091 (0.05), Other 299617 (0.13), Not Stated 139582 (0.06), Not Asked 757118 (0.32), Total 237641326
  163. ^ There are approximately 1 million Shia Muslims and 400,000 Ahmadi Muslims in the country which approximates to 0.5% and 0.2% of the total Muslim population. See:
  164. ^ "RI Sunni-Shia Council established". The Jakarta Post. 21 May 2011. Retrieved 17 July 2011. 
  165. ^ Oey, Eric (1997). "Bali" (3rd ed.). Singapore: Periplus Editions. ISBN 962-593-028-0. 
  166. ^ "Indonesia – Buddhism". U.S. Library of Congress. Retrieved 15 October 2006. 
  167. ^ "Indonesia – Islam". U.S. Library of Congress. Retrieved 15 October 2006. 
  168. ^ Ricklefs, pp. 25, 26, 28
  169. ^ "1500 to 1670: Great Kings and Trade Empires". Sejarah Indonesia. Retrieved 25 April 2007. 
  170. ^ Ricklefs, pp. 28, 62
  171. ^ Vickers, p. 22
  172. ^ Goh, Robbie B.H. (2005). Christianity in Southeast Asia. Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. p. 80. ISBN 981-230-297-2. 
  173. ^ Magnis-Suseno, F. 1981, Javanese Ethics and World-View: The Javanese Idea of the Good Life, PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama, Jakarta, 1997, pp.15–18, ISBN 979-605-406-X; "Indonesia Annual International Religious Freedom Report 2003" (Press release). Jakarta, Indonesia: Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Embassy of the United States. 18 December 2003. Retrieved 25 April 2007. 
  174. ^ "RI kicks off 12-year compulsory education program". Jakarta Post. 26 June 2013. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  175. ^ "Awakening Indonesia's Golden Generation: Extending Compulsory Education from 9 to 12 Years". The World Bank-blog. 3 July 2013. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  176. ^ Library of Congress (2011). "Indonesia: a country study". Federal Research Division. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  177. ^ "Data on Indonesia". World Bank. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  178. ^,com_tabel/task,/Itemid,165/
  179. ^ a b Lewis, M. Paul (2009). "Ethnologue: Languages of the World, Sixteenth edition.". SIL International. Retrieved 17 November 2009. 
  180. ^ Sneddon, James (2003). The Indonesian Language: Its history and role in modern society. Sydney: University of South Wales Press Ltd. 
  181. ^ "Ethnologue report for Indonesia (Papua)". Retrieved 28 April 2010. 
  182. ^ Witton, Patrick (2003). Indonesia. Melbourne: Lonely Planet. p. 103. ISBN 1-74059-154-2. 
  183. ^ Witton, Patrick (2002). World Food: Indonesia. Melbourne: Lonely Planet. ISBN 1-74059-009-0. 
  184. ^ Compared to the infused flavors of Vietnamese and Thai food, flavors in Indonesia are kept relatively separate, simple and substantial. Brissendon, Rosemary (2003). South East Asian Food. Melbourne: Hardie Grant Books. ISBN 1-74066-013-7. 
  185. ^ a b Kristianto, JB (2 July 2005). "Sepuluh Tahun Terakhir Perfilman Indonesia" (in Indonesian). Kompas. Archived from the original on 13 January 2008. Retrieved 2 August 2010. 
  186. ^ "Kondisi Perfilman di Indonesia (The State of The Film Industry in Indonesia)". Panton (in Indonesian). Archived from the original on 21 December 1999. Retrieved 2 August 2010. 
  187. ^ Taylor, pp. 299–301
  188. ^ Vickers, pp. 3–7
  189. ^ Friend, pp. 74, 180
  190. ^ Czermak, Karen; Philippe DeLanghe; Wei Weng. "Preserving Intangible Cultural Heritage in Indonesia" (PDF). SIL International. Retrieved 4 July 2007. 
  191. ^ Shannon L., Smith; Lloyd Grayson J. (2001). Indonesia Today: Challenges of History. Melbourne, Australia: Singapore : Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. ISBN 0-7425-1761-6. 
  192. ^ "Internet World Stats". Asia Internet Usage, Population Statistics and Information. Miniwatts Marketing Group. 2006. Retrieved 13 August 2007. 
  193. ^ "Asia Internet Usage Stats and Population Statistics". Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  194. ^ "Phoning from home". 30 August 2010. Retrieved 10 April 2011. dead link


  • Friend, T. (2003). Indonesian Destinies. Harvard University Press. ISBN 0-674-01137-6. 
  • Ricklefs, M. C. (1991). A History of Modern Indonesia since c.1300, Second Edition. MacMillan. ISBN 0-333-57689-6. 
  • Schwarz, A. (1994). A Nation in Waiting: Indonesia in the 1990s. Westview Press. ISBN 1-86373-635-2. 
  • Taylor, Jean Gelman (2003). Indonesia: Peoples and Histories. New Haven and London: Yale University Press. ISBN 0-300-10518-5. 
  • Vickers, Adrian (2005). A History of Modern Indonesia. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-54262-6. 

External links

General information