archipelago in the world, Indonesia consists of five main
island; Java, Sumatra Kalimantan, Sulawesi and Irian Jaya and
about 30 small archipelagoes, a total of more than 17,508
With the fifth largest population in the world. Indonesians
number 190 million and are basically of Malay and Polynesian
stock comprising of 300 ethnic groups and subgroups having their
own traditions. Early immigrants from the Indian subcontinent,
China, the Arab peninsula and Persia have left their mark on
culture and religion followed by influences of Portuguese,
Spanish, English and Dutch traders and colonials.
The Indonesian constitution allows freedom of religion in a
predominantly Moslem country and the state's "Unity in
Diversity" motto is a symbol of the co-existence of the many
cultures unified in on nation. These diverse cultures have given
Indonesia a rich heritage of traditions and art resulting in
festivities throughout the year in different parts of the
country, which are also closely related to religion,
particularly on the island of Bali.
You will undoubtedly find that the Indonesians are extremely
friendly and welcoming to travellers, as they welcome you into
their lives, pleased to have a guest to entertain, smiles
Welcome to Indonesia. It's just a smile away.