Explore Indonesia

December 21, 2023

Indonesia is centrally located along ancient trading routes.  Interactions between foreign traders and indigenous peoples have created a fusion of traditional beliefs mixed with bits of Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism and Islam.

There are at least 300 ethnic groups in Indonesia, each with its own set of customs, but as of 2000, 88% of Indonesians recognized themselves as Muslim.  This makes Indonesia the most populous Muslim-majority in the world.

Living in Indonesia

Indonesia has a population of 259 million and is the fourth most populous country in the world.  It is the world’s largest archipelago, consisting of between 17,500 and 18,000 islands.  Only a third of the islands are inhabited.

With such a diverse landscape, it might be difficult to choose where to settle down. The largest islands are Java and Sumatra.  Whether you choose a big city like Jakarta or a small beach town, you are going to be in a melting pot of languages and cultures.

Although the official language is Bahasa, there are hundreds of local languages and dialects.  The most widely spoken is Javanese, which is also the name of the largest ethnic group.

Business in Indonesia

With such a large marketplace and strategic location, many companies look to open offices or hubs in the country.  Indonesia has a GDP of over USD 1319 billion, making it one of the largest economies in Asia.

The country has an abundance of raw materials, and natural resources, including oil, gas, palm oil, and coffee, which makes for many great business opportunities.

Companies looking to do business in Indonesia are advised to seek local counsel like Acclime Indonesia, to help navigate local laws and regulations.

Tourism in Indonesia

Tourism is an important component of the Indonesian economy and attracts millions of visitors each year.

Regardless of the type of vacation you want to take, you can find it in Indonesia.  You can satisfy your taste for a romantic getaway, cultural heritage, natural attractions, or an adventure trip.

Indonesia is known for mountains and volcanoes, rivers and lakes, biodiversity great climate, stunning coral reefs and coastal areas.  The geography of Indonesia offers a diverse landscape from soaring mountains to undisturbed beaches, making it a wonderful place for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike.

If you are planning a visit, be sure to check out the requirements for an e-visa.

Bali is Indonesia’s most popular tourist destination.  It offers a combination of stunning beaches, active nightlife, ancient temples and traditional arts and cultures.

Other popular destinations include:

Borobudur Temple – located in central Java, it is the world’s largest Buddhist temple.  It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and attracts viewers with its stone carvings and wide-ranging vistas

Komodo National Park – Located in the eastern part of the country, the park is home to the Komodo dragon.

Rajak Ampat Islands – The islands are a haven for snorkelling and scuba diving enthusiasts.  Clear water and vibrant reefs, promote a variety of marine life, including manta rays and an abundance of colourful fish species.

Whether you choose to visit one of these or the many other Indonesian locations, you are sure to enjoy yourself.

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