Indonesia is an Asian country with a population of about 237 million people, making it the fourth largest country in the world in terms of population. Here are some interesting facts about Indonesia that you probably don’t know!
Interesting Facts About Indonesia
- Despite having many natural resources much of the Indonesian population lives in poverty.
- The Japanese invaded and occupied Indonesia during World War II.
- There are about 300,000 soldiers in the Indonesian Army, Navy and Air Force.
- Indonesia is made up of 17,508 islands. About 6,000 of these islands are inhabited by people.
- As it is close to the equator, Indonesia has a tropical climate. Average temperatures vary very little through the year, ranging from about 26 to 30 degrees Celsius.
- Indonesia is home to thousands of different plant and animal species. It has the second highest level of biodiversity (a measure of the number of species) in the world. Brazil is number one.
- The unemployment rate is almost at 10%. Almost half the Indonesian population live on less than US$2 per day.
- The population is expected to be at 315 million by 2035.
- About 86% of the population is Muslim and 9% are Christians.
- Spices (especially chili), coconut milk, fish and chicken are common ingredients in Indonesian cooking.
- Badminton and soccer (football) are the two most popular sports in Indonesia. Unfortunately, illegal gambling on sports is a big problem in the country.
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