7 months have passed by this year, which means we are now entering August. Have you felt the August vibes as an Indonesian? You might start to see people raising our national flag. Yes! This month we are celebrating our Independence Day. With that being said, we dedicated this blog to share facts about our beloved country, Indonesia.
We have always known that Indonesia is huge. Geographically, it is located between two continents (Asia and Australia) and between two oceans (Indian and Pacific). It has over 17,000 islands. The distance between the Sabang to Merauke is equivalent with the distance between Tehran to London, crossing around 10 European countries. Indonesia is also the biggest country in South East Asia and the biggest archipelago country in the world. This country is divided into 34 provinces.
Indonesia lies between the intersection of the Ring of Fires and the Alpide Belt, and holding about 40% of the world’s geothermal reserves. More than 150 volcanoes are located along Sumatra, Java, Bali, and the islands of eastern part Indonesia. Indonesia is also home to the largest volcanic lake on earth, Lake Toba. It is the world’s biggest natural volcanic lake. Lake Toba is the site of the largest known explosive eruption on earth.
Indonesia is the only place on earth to observe Komodo dragons in the wild. Komodo dragon is the world’s largest lizard. These animals have huge stature, are carnivores, and very terrifying with their toxic bites. They hunt and kill animals that are bigger than them, including human.
There is no exact Indonesian culture. Indonesia is an imitation of the world, it is very diverse and each region has its own culture. Indonesia has over 300 ethnicities and more than 700 languages. It’s national motto is “Bhinneka Tunggal Ika” or Unity in Diversity. Indonesia recognizes 6 religions: Islam, Christian, Catholic, Buddha, Hindu, and Confusianism, with Islam has the biggest number in Indonesia.
Being very diverse, each region of Indonesia has its own language. Generally, every Indonesian can speak at least two languages: the regional language and Indonesian. Indonesian is the official language of Indonesia. Javanese is the second most spoken language in Indonesia after Indonesian as Javanese is the ethnic with the largest number in Indonesia. Indonesia also ranks as the top trilingual country in the world.
Today, Indonesia is the 4th world’s most populous country. It has a population of around 270 million and 24% of them are young people (65 million). Young people are more energetic, innovative and more adaptable than the elderly. The value that young people can bring to society is greater when they are physically younger. But as young people, the job market can be challenging as the competition will be tougher. Therefore they need to have something from themselves that makes them unique
Written by: Nevy Pangestika