- Indonesia comprises 17,508 – 18,306 islands and 8,844 that have been named according to estimates made by the Government of Indonesia, with 922 of those permanently inhabited. Also – 3 land borders!
- Indonesia is the most populous Muslim-majority country in the world. 87.2% of 260 million people.
- Java, my island, is two times more densely populated than New Jersey. 2,903 people per square mile
- More than 700 living languages are spoken in Indonesia.
- With roughly 58 million students, over 3 million teachers and approximately 374,000 schools in 500 districts, Indonesia has the world’s fourth-largest education system.
- The Buddhist temple of Borobudur on the Indonesian island of Java is the largest Buddhist monument in the world. It resembles a nine-tiered “mountain” rising to 113 feet (34.5 meters) tall. It is said to have taken 73 years to complete.
- The Komodo Dragon, found in Indonesia, is the largest lizard in the world, growing up to 3 meters (9.8 feet) in length. The Komodo Dragon is a dangerous big reptile and it can eat a human. Thankfully Komodo dragons live only in the national park on Komodo Island.
- In 1945 when Indonesia declared its independence and Indonesian was formally declared the national language, it was the native language of only about 5 per cent of the population, whereas Javanese and Sundanese were the mother tongues of 42-48 percent and 15 percent respectively. It was a combination of nationalistic, political, and practical concerns that ultimately led to the successful adoption of Indonesian as a national language. (Source)