31 Interesting Facts About Indonesia

Here are 31 Facts About Indonesia

1. Senayan stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia, is the largest stadium in the world when completed in 1962 to host the Asian Games. Capacity that can accommodate up to 100,000 people.

2. Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis) found in Indonesia is the largest lizard in the world, they can grow up to 3 meters (9.8 feet) long.

3. The world’s largest flower, Rafflesia Arnoldi, weighs 7 kg (15 pounds) and grows only on the Sumatra island of Indonesia. Petals grow 0.5 meters (1.6 feet) long and 2.5 cm (1 inch) thick.

4. According to the Global Corruption Report 2004, former Indonesian President Suharto is the number one most corrupt CEOs in the world.

5. Indonesia is the largest youth population in the world with 165 million children under the age of 30, where only 8% of those aged over 60 years (National Bureau of Statistics, August 2001, quoted in the Post English daily “The Jakarta”, August 2001) .

6. Indonesia has the longest coastline in the world (about 85,000 km)

7. Indonesia is the country with the largest Muslim population in the world.

8. Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world with over 18,000 islands.

9. Indonesia is the largest producer and exporter of LNG (liquefied natural gas) in the world, supplying more than 40 percent of the world market and is the world’s seventh-largest producer of natural gas

10. According to Transparency International, Indonesia is the eleventh most corrupt country in the world. (Source: Transparency International 2003)

11. Dolly, the name of a female prostitution center (red light district) is located in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia, is a center of prostitution largest ever established in Southeast Asia with more than 2,000 female prostitutes in one centralized location.

Yes, it’s bigger than the places in Thailand in one centralized location

12. Indonesia is a country (4) the fourth most populous in the world with approximately 224 million people (Source: U.S. Department of State Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs in May 2005 data)

13. Freeport’s Grasberg mine in West Papua Island, Indonesia, is the largest gold mine in the world. In addition, it is also the third largest copper mine in the world.

14. Lake Toba is: The largest lake in Southeast Asia, Largest Year-Round Lake in Southeast Asia, The World’s Largest Volcanic Lake

15. Borobudur temple in Central Java, Indonesia, is the largest Buddhist temple in the World, which was built in the 9th century, and is considered as one of the Wonders of the World are forgotten.

Overall height is 42 meters, but only 34.5 meters after restoration, and has dimensions of 123 x 123 meters (15,129 square meters). There are 10 floors. First floor to the sixth floor was square form, the seventh to the tenth floor of a circle.

Borobudur facing East with a total of 1460 panels (2 meters wide each). The total size of the temple walls was 2500 square meters. The total number of panels is 1212. According to the investigation, the number of Buddha statue was 504 including the intact and damaged statues.

16. The second largest island, third, and sixth in the world are in Indonesia. Guinea (the whole island, including West Papua and Papua New guniea) is the second largest, also known as Kalimantan, Borneo (throughout the island, including Brunei and Malaysia Sarawak) is the third largest, while the island of Sumatra is the sixth largest and is located entirely in Indonesia

17. In 1292 Marco Polo origin Venice, Italy, visited Aceh, North Sumatra, Indonesia, on the way back from China to Persia and reported that the northern part of the island has a total of six busy trading ports including Perlak, Ocean and Lambri.

Yes, this is the same as the Indonesian province of Aceh are almost entirely wiped out from the face of the earth by the recent tsunami that hit Southeast Asia in December 2004.

18. The smell of flowers on Earth called carrion flower (Amorphophallus titanum) which can grow to an average height of two meters (6.5 feet) are found in Indonesia. When it blooms, it releases a very foul odor comparable to rotten meat, which can be smelled half a mile away. This flower is also known as “tongue devil.” It was originally discovered in 1878 in the middle of the rain forest of Sumatra island, by the Italian botanist and explorer Dr Oroardo Beccari (Source: Guinness Book of World Records).

19. The longest snake ever found was in Sulawesi, Indonesia in 1912. It is a Python (Pytho reticulates) from Southeast Asia. Record length is 10 M (or approximately 32 ft 9.5 in) (Source: Guinness Book of World Records).

20. Jakarta is the most polluted city in the world THIRD, after Bangkok and Mexico City (source of an article in The Jakarta Post May 6, 2005)

21. That the highest number of people killed by the tsunami disaster in Aceh, Indonesia. Tsunami on December 26, 2004 has been confirmed as the most devastating in modern history. The death toll has about 300,000 people (Source: Guinness Book of World Records).

22. That the island of Kalimantan (Borneo) in Indonesia, are home to fish mudskipper (Periophthalmodon Schlosseri) also known as Fish Belacak / Belodok / Tembakul

Mudskipper fish are the only species of fish in the world that can climb trees, walk, even jump, and live and breath on land.

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23. Indonesia, under the name Dutch East Indies, was the first Asian team to participate in the FIFA World Cup when they qualified in 1938. But lost 6-0 in Reims (France) against Hungary. Sources: (Quoted from Wikipedia and verified in the AFC and FIFA website)

24. Flags of Indonesia and Monaco exactly the same!

25. Java is the most populous island in the world with about 150 million people.

26. Bogor Botanical Gardens (Botanical Garden) has the largest and best species in Asean.

27. The biggest explosion in the historic era on August 27, 1883, is the eruption of Krakatoa, an island of 47 square miles in the Sunda Strait, between Sumatra and Java. The resulting wave swept the 163 villages and killed 36,380 people. Waves of up to 55 km, 5330 km and the dust falls 10 days later. The explosion was heard four hours later on the island of Rodrigues, 4776 miles, like the roar of heavy guns and sounds more than a third of the world’s surface.

28. When Mount Tambora in Sumbawa, Indonesia (then the Dutch East Indies) erupted from April 5 to 10, 1815, 92,000 people were killed.

29. Indofood created a new Guinness World Record in the category “Greatest Package Instant Noodles” and broke the record for “Largest Mie Presentation”

30. Launched in 1976, the satellite Palapa A made Indonesia the world’s third nation to put a satellite into space.

31. Singapore is the creator of the Indonesian National Anthem (from Sumatra) Mr Zubir Said.


Source : PULSK.com


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