10 Facts You Didn't Know About Indonesia

By Halal Trip | 09, Nov, 2015
10 Facts You Didn't Know About Indonesia

Indonesia is an exotic travel destination home to stunning beaches, active volcanoes, picture-perfect paddy fields and a wealth of attractions and scenery that make it paradise for holidaymakers. Listed below are a few interesting facts about the destination that you may not have known.

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1) The World's Largest Archipelago

Comprising a total of over 18,000 islands, Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world. Three of Indonesia's islands - Guinea, Borneo and Sumatra – are also included amongst the 10 largest islands in the world.

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2) Over 700 Indigenous Languages Spoken

Though Bahasa Indonesia is the official language of the country, over 700 languages are spoken across Indonesia – making it the world's second largest multilingual population, behind Papua New Guinea.

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3) The World’s Largest Muslim Majority Nation

The population of Indonesia is estimated to be nearly 250 million, with Muslims comprising over 87% of Indonesia's population – making it the largest Muslim majority nation in the world.

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4) Jakarta Is The World’s Largest Population Centre

Located on the island of Java, the massive busting capital of Indonesia – Jakarta – is the country's economic, cultural and political centre.

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5) Rich Colonial History

Throughout history, many countries were drawn to Indonesia due to its prime location and exotic resources. The Dutch were the first to colonize Indonesia in the early 17th century, followed by Japan who occupied the islands from 1942 to 1945.

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6) Nasi Goreng Is The National Dish

Indonesian cuisine is loved for its intense flavours and vibrance. Nasi goreng is considered to be the country's national dish while other popular dishes include satay, beef rendang, siomay and pempek.

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7) Home To The Most Number Of Active Volcanoes

Indonesia is home to over 150 active volcanoes – more than any other in the world – as well as the world’s largest volcanic lake - Danau Toba. Many sites are now popular tourist attractions and can be visited by travellers.

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8) Home To The Largest Flower In The World

The Rafflesia – the world's largest flower – is found in many of Indonesia's rainforests. The flower is also known as the "corpse flower" due to its appearance and strong smell of rotting flesh.

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9) Home To The World's Most Extensive Coral Reefs

Indonesia's coral reefs are a global treasure, with the destination being home to around 18% of the world's total coral reefs. These spectacular reefs are considered to be amongst the world's top natural wonders.

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10) Tropical Climate With Two Seasons

Indonesia is a tropical country located along the equator and features just two distinct seasons - the dry season from April to October and the monsoon season from November to March. The dry season is generally the best time for a visit.

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For more information on Indonesia please visit http://www.indonesia.travel

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