Indonesia? Where is that?

Glad you asked! Indonesia is one of the world’s 4th largest country by population, and yet it’s a country that many have not heard much of. A lot of tourists have heard of Bali, but didn’t realize Bali was one of the many islands in Indonesia.

For starters. here is where Indonesia is located on the world map:

Here is what Wikipedia has to say about Indonesia:

The Republic of Indonesia is a country in Southeast Asia, between the Indian and Pacific oceans. It is the world’s largest island country, with with more than 17000 islands, and at 1,904,569 square kilometres (735,358 square miles), the 14th largest by land area and the 7th largest in combined sea and land area. With over 261 million people, it is the world’s 4th most populous country as well as the most populous Muslim-majority countryJava, the world’s most populous island, contains more than half of the country’s population.

Indonesia consists of hundreds of distinct native ethnic and linguistic groups, with the largest—and politically dominant—ethnic group being the Javanese. A shared identity has developed, defined by a national language, ethnic diversity, religious pluralism within a Muslim-majority population, and a history of colonialism and rebellion against it. Indonesia’s national motto, Bhinneka Tunggal Ika (“Unity in Diversity” literally, “many, yet one”), articulates the diversity that shapes the country. 

At least 750 distinct people groups live on the 6,000 inhabited islands of Indonesia. More than 80% of the population associates with the Muslim faith, and only 15% identify themselves as Christians. Animism or belief in mysticisms, magick, and spirits, strongly influences the religious practices of tribal people, whether Muslim or Christian.