Facts about Indonesia
The Dutch colonized East India from the early 17th century. The islands were occupied by Japan from 1942 to 1945. Indonesia declared its independence after Japan’s surrender, but it required four years of intermittent negotiations, recurring hostilities, and UN mediation before the Netherlands agreed to relinquish its colony. Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelagic state and home to the world’s largest Muslim population.
Southeastern Asia, archipelago of 17,508 islands (6,000 inhabited), between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean.
17 August 1945 (independence proclaimed);
27 December 1949 (Netherlands recognized Indonesian independence)
2. Gubenur (governor)
3. Bupati (regent)
4. Camat (sub-district head)
5. Kepala Desa (village head)
6. Kepala Dusun (sub-village head)
7. Kepala RW ( Rukun Werga) (leader of neighborhood)
8. Kepala RT ( Rukun Tetanga) (leader of small neighborhood)
Total: 1,919,440 sq km
Land: 1,826,440 sq km
Water: 93,000 sq km
Total: 245 452 739 (July 2006 est.)
0-14 years: 28.8% (male 35,995,919/female 34,749,582)
15-64 years: 65.8% (male 80,796,794/female 80,754,238)
65 years and over: 5.4% (male 5,737,473/female 7,418,733)
Bahasa Indonesia (official, modified form of Malay), English, local dialects, the most widely spoken of which is Javanese
Coastal Malays 7.5%
Roman Catholic 3%
Animism is not considered an offical religion, but still many people practice it, it is most common to practice animism alongside one of the offical religons.