Wonderful Indonesia

Republic of Indonesia

Indonesia is equatorial archipelago, is part of the Malay Archipelago of 17,000 islands of which about 6,000 are inhabited. They are extending 5,150 kilometers east to west, between the Indian and Pacific Oceans in Southeast Asia. The largest of these islands are Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo), Sulawesi, and the Indonesian part of New Guinea called Papua. Indonesia shares land borders with Malaysia, Papua New Guinea and East Timor. The highest point in Indonesia is on the island of Papua, the peak of Puncak Jaya with 4,884 meters above sea level.

Indonesia has an area of 1,922,570 square kilometers with population of 251,160,124. The capital and largest city of Indonesia is Jakarta, on the island of Java. Jakarta has a population of almost 14 million making it the world’s ninth largest city.

Indonesia is one of the most geographically and geologically interesting countries in the world. It is part of the Pacific Rim and it has about 400 volcanoes, 150 of these are active. Country has the largest number of active volcanoes in the world. Lake Toba is the world’s largest volcanic lake. It is situated in Sumatra where was a massive super-volcanic eruption around 69,000 to 77,000 years ago. It marks the largest known explosive eruption on Earth in the last 25 million years. Even today a new island has formed in the center of Lake Toba, called Pulau Samosir.

Indonesia is home of different flora and fauna, making it the country with the second highest level of biodiversity in the world after Brazil. Some of the flora and fauna are truly rare, such as the Sumatran tiger, the Javan rhinoceros, and the Rafflesia – the world’s largest flower. Komodo dragon is endemic only to Indonesia, and you can see a Komodo dragon in the wild.

The country of Indonesia is ethnically diverse, with around 300 distinctive native ethnic groups and over 740 different languages and dialects spoken in the country. Indonesia, the world's fourth most populous nation, is 86 percent Muslim—and the largest Islamic country, though it is a secular state. Indonesians are separated by seas and clustered on islands. The largest cluster is on Java, with some 130 million inhabitants (60 percent of the country's population).

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Belgrade College of Tourism in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, with the support of the Association of Serbian-Indonesian Friendship "Nusantara" organized "Indonesia Day", an event which was to introduce students to the civilizations, nations and cultures of the world. "Indonesia Day" at the College of Tourism in Belgrade is another step in the efforts to further develop the cooperation between the two countries in the field of tourism, said the Ambassador of that Southeast Asian country Samuel Samson.

Presenting the tourism potential of Indonesia, the Ambassador said that the event was a good starting point for the cooperation between the College of Tourism and related educational institutions in Indonesia, and that it would also help develop relations between the two geographically distant countries whose relations date back from the mid-1950s.

In his opening speech, Proffesor dr Milan Skakun, director of the College of Tourism said that students and higher education institutions could learn about the cultures, traditions, tourism industry and economic potential of about 600 million people from the country, whose diplomats had so far participated in the program of this College, "Visiting Ambassador." He also emphasized that Indonesia was the largest country presented in this higher education institution.