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Things About Indonesia That You May Not Know

Updated on July 10, 2017

Flag of Indonesia

The Republic of Indonesia is a transcontinental country and it is also the most populous Muslim country.
The Republic of Indonesia is a transcontinental country and it is also the most populous Muslim country. | Source

Equator Separation

Indonesia has over 13,000 islands and they are on each side of the equator.
Indonesia has over 13,000 islands and they are on each side of the equator. | Source

The Equator Divides Indonesia

Indonesia is sliced in half with part of it on one side of the equator and the other half on the other side. Several cities in Indonesia are split in half by the equator which splits four islands it runs through which are Sumatra, Sulawesi, Kalimantan and Maluku. Tourism is great in the regions where the equator is running through. Visitors love to take pictures or record the moment in real time with cameras or cell phones.

Feel free to share your thoughts on my article or Indonesia in general by leaving comments at the bottom of this page.

Map of Indonesia

Eruption

Once a volcano erupts, lava, burning hot ashes, and gas explode into the air and out onto the land.
Once a volcano erupts, lava, burning hot ashes, and gas explode into the air and out onto the land. | Source

Indonesia Has Over 150 Volcanoes

Indonesia, which has had many disastrous results from volcanic eruptions, has over 150 different volcanoes. Two of the volcanoes, which are the most active, are both on Java Island and have claimed several thousand lives. Merapi is the most active ever with 82 eruptions and Kelud has blasted hot lava 35 times. These volcanoes can blow smoke, lava and rocks very far so be aware of that fact if you get to close.

The only safety against a major volcanic eruption is to evacuate the area and go as far away from the problem as humanly possible.

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A Temple in Indonesia

All religions are present in Indonesia as the country has Muslims, Christians and Buddhists.
All religions are present in Indonesia as the country has Muslims, Christians and Buddhists. | Source

Indonesia Has Over 260 Million People

Over 260 million people reside in Indonesia making it the 4th most populous country on earth. Indonesia has 700 plus languages in the country, 14 cities with more than a million citizens and Jakarta is the most populous city in all of southeast Asia with over 10 million residents calling the city home.

Indonesia has all walks of life especially when it pertains to religion.

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Punishment for Gambling is Painful

If you break the law and gamble be prepared to pay a pound of flesh for the transgression.
If you break the law and gamble be prepared to pay a pound of flesh for the transgression. | Source

Gambling in Indonesia is 100% Illegal

Gambling of any kind is against the law in Indonesia and the punishment will leave physical scars. Most gambling is controlled by gangsters and if you are cheated you cannot call the law because gambling is illegal. The reason the country is strict on gambling or punting is because it is against the religion of Islam which is the largest religion, by far, in Indonesia.

Do not gamble in any form because you could get caught and then it would be too late for an apology.

Boxing Legend Chris John

Chris John is the former featherweight boxing world champion and he is from Indonesia.
Chris John is the former featherweight boxing world champion and he is from Indonesia. | Source

Do Not Eat, Shake Hands or Touch Anyone With Your Left Hand

The left hand, in Indonesia, is thought of as the dirty hand because it is the hand most use for wiping when in the restroom. More than anything it is proper etiquette and failing to do this correctly will result in locals feeling disrespected. On the other side of this coin, Indonesia is big on hand shakes with the right hand as well as smiles when introducing oneself to another.

It is vital to respect customs, especially religious customs, when entering a foreign country.

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Nutmeg

Indonesia exports over 75% of the world's total nutmeg.
Indonesia exports over 75% of the world's total nutmeg. | Source

Indonesia is The Largest Supplier of Nutmeg in The World

Indonesia is the king of nutmeg exporting worldwide and it keeps the economy moving along. Indonesia produces more than 20,000 Metric Tons of Nutmeg annually which is more than double anyone else who wants to compete in exporting. The island of Sulawesi is where the main production of nutmeg takes place and this export helps many Indonesians pay the bills.

Indonesians are known to be friendly and hardworking which are two admirable qualities to have, in my opinion.

Komodo Dragon

Some Komodo Dragons have weighed around 150 pounds and have grown to a length of 10 feet long!
Some Komodo Dragons have weighed around 150 pounds and have grown to a length of 10 feet long! | Source

Indonesia is Home To The Largest Lizard on Earth

The Komodo Dragon grows from 6-10 feet long from head to tail and these giant lizards weigh upwards of 150 pounds in some cases. They are gigantic and they look intimidating but they rarely attack unless they feel threatened or they are starving. They can only be found in the wild on five islands in Indonesia which are Komodo, Flores, Gili Motang, Rinca and Padar.

To be honest, I never want to be around one of these lizards unless they are behind thick glass ala the zoo.

A Taste of Indonesia

If you are a foodie then you will appreciate the wide variety of food items that you can choose from in Indonesia.
If you are a foodie then you will appreciate the wide variety of food items that you can choose from in Indonesia. | Source

Indonesia is the 4th Biggest Country on The Planet

Over 250 million people call Indonesia home and that number is rapidly growing in this huge country. Also, Indonesia is the 7th biggest country based on the size of the country itself. Indonesia sits right between the Pacific and Indian oceans and the country has 735,358 square miles of land coverage. Indonesia is made up of 34 provinces with Javanese being the largest ethnic group.

Indonesia is growing rapidly and developing in a major way and at a quick pace to boot.

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Tsunami

A Tsunami AKA tidal wave starts under the ocean and can be caused by Nuclear explosions, earthquakes, landslides and more.
A Tsunami AKA tidal wave starts under the ocean and can be caused by Nuclear explosions, earthquakes, landslides and more. | Source

Highest Death Toll From a Natural Disaster

In 2004, a Tsunami killed at least 250,000 people, making it the deadliest natural disaster, as far as human lives are concerned, ever recorded. An earthquake occurred in the Indian ocean that set off tons of horrid Tsunamis. Indonesia and three other countries loss countless lives from this disaster.

Nothing an prepare someone for this but anytime news outlets issue warnings on weather it is best to heed their advice.

Rafflesia Arnoldii

The Rafflesia Arnoldii is the largest flower in the world and because of its nasty aroma it is called the "corpse" or "death flower".
The Rafflesia Arnoldii is the largest flower in the world and because of its nasty aroma it is called the "corpse" or "death flower". | Source

Indonesia Has the Largest Flower in The World

Indonesia is home to several very rare flowers including the largest flower on the planet which is sometimes called the "corpse flower" because it wreaks of a dead stench. The smell is for attracting flies because they love dreadful aromas. It has a total width of over one meter.

The forestry in this country is beautiful and obviously exotic.

Indonesian Beauty!

I know one thing for sure. These islands in Indonesia really look nice and ready for boats rides, sailing and fishing.
I know one thing for sure. These islands in Indonesia really look nice and ready for boats rides, sailing and fishing. | Source

© 2017 Buster Johnson

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