15 amazing facts about Indonesia

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The largest archipelago in the world
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Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world with more than 17,508 islands and some 6,000 of which are inhabited.
The fourth most populous nation in the world
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With 265 million people (2018), Indonesia is the fourth most populous nation in the world, just behind China, India, and the U.S. and The island of Java, with over 150 million people(2017), is the most populous island in the world.
Marco Polo
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Marco Polo was the first European to visit Indonesia, in 1292.
Ring of Fire
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Indonesia has over 400 active volcanoes and records at least three earthquakes a day.
The largest gold mine
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The Grasberg mine, located near Puncak Jaya, is the largest gold mine and the third largest copper mine in the world.
Borobudur temple
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Borobudur temple is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues makes it the largest Buddhist temple in the world.
Bahasa Indonesia
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Bahasa Indonesia is Indonesia’s formal language, but the country recognizes more than 700 other languages as well.
Largest islands in the world
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Out of the 10 largest islands in the world, three are a part of Indonesia: Borneo (across the island, including Brunei and Malaysia Sarawak), Papua/New Guinea (the entire island, including West Papua and Papua New guinea), and Sumatra.
The Komodo dragon
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The Komodo dragon, found in Indonesia, is the largest lizard in the world, growing up to 3 meters (9.8 feet) in length.
The largest ‘young’ population in the world
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Indonesia has the largest ‘young’ population in the world with 165 million people under the age of 30, whereas only 8% of the population is aged over 60 years.
The world’s stinkiest and largest flower
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Rafflesia Arnoldi is The world’s stinkiest and largest flower, weighs up to 7 kg (15 pounds), it’s petals grow to 0.5 meters (1.6 feet) long and 2.5 cm (1 inch) thick and only grows on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia.
The largest volcanic eruption ever recorded
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Krakatoa, is the site of the largest volcanic eruption ever recorded. It had a force equivalent to 2,000 Hiroshima bombs and resulted in the death of 36,000 people. The explosion was heard from Sri Lanka to Perth, Australia.
The flag
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Indonesia and Monaco have the same flag but Indonesia’s is slightly wider.
Tsunami 2004
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Tsunami in 2004 in Aceh, Indonesia was the highest number of deaths as a result of a natural disaster. The total death toll was estimated at 230,000 people.
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Papuans, native to the world’s second largest island Papua/New Guinea, are Melanesians and very distinct from other Indonesians.

About the lesson

This lesson will give information which can make you amaze and fall more and more in love with Indonesia, the biggest country in south east Asia with more than 265 million population. And also Indonesia is the world’s largest Muslim community with 87.2% of the population.

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