Expat Living in Indonesia

Do you know where Indonesia is? Well, it is a popular country in South East Asia and even in neighboring places like Australia and Oceana but perhaps you are one of those few people who do not know much about Indonesia. I tell you that there is a lot more to see when you move to Indonesia. It is definitely more than the holidays and the beautiful beaches, water sports and cheap colorful markets. Indonesia for sure is one of the most interesting countries in South East Asia. From the jungles and lakes of Sumatra, to the cultural heart of the nation, Java, onward to Bali, Flores, Sulawesi, West Papua, Ambon, the Banda Islands, and West Papua – every place is an opportunity for discovery and new experience. But as with moving to other countries, living in Indonesia also has its major adjustments and challenges. Not to worry as Asia Expat Guide (AEG) offers comprehensive support and information to help you navigate and live in this incredibly diverse country.

Things To Know When Living In Indonesia

Indonesia is a nation of islands. It is an archipelago and it has 17,000 islands and it has 5000 kilometers of ocean. Many of these Islands are sparsely inhabited with the majority of Indonesians living on the Island of Java, were the nation’s capital is located. Indonesia is South East Asia’s most populous country with over 225 million people.

According to the Wikipedia, The Indonesian archipelago has been an important trade region since at least the 7th century where local Srivijaya and then later Majapahit empires traded with China and India. Local rulers gradually absorbed foreign cultural, religious and political models from the early centuries CE, and Hindu and Buddhist kingdoms flourished. Indonesian history has been influenced by foreign powers drawn to its natural resources. Muslim traders brought the now-dominant Islam, while European powers brought Christianity and fought one another to monopolize trade in the Spice Islands of Maluku during the Age of Discovery. Indonesia is the largest Muslim country in the world. Although Islam is the state religion, there are other religions that are free to co-exist with Islam in the other parts of the country. Northern Sulawesi is 90% Christian, the Balinese are predominantly Hindu, and in the Maluku and Flores, Muslims and Christians are peacefully co-existing. Following three and a half centuries of under the Dutch, Indonesia declared its independence after World War II.

Indonesia is still rich in natural resources and it is a major exporter of oil, natural gas, gold, precious stones, and forest products. With a growing economy, the country is now importing oil but it still has a strong local industry and a one of the regional leaders in the tourism and maritime sectors. Although Indonesian Bahasa is the official language, many people speak their own dialects at home, and use Bahasa for business. There is an estimated 2,000 local languages used in Indonesia. The local currency is the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR). We at Asia Expat Guide (AEG) is giving you these basic information and a taste of everything of things you need to know when living in Indonesia.

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