Geography: Indonesia is an archipelago in Southeast Asia consisting of 17,000 islands (6,000 inhabited) and straddling the equator. The largest islands are Sumatra, Java (the most populous), Bali, Kalimantan (Indonesia's part of Borneo), Sulawesi (Celebes), the Nusa Tenggara islands, the Moluccas Islands, and Irian Jaya (also called West Papua), the western part of New Guinea. Its neighbor to the north is Malaysia and to the east is Papua New Guinea. Indonesia, part of the “ring of fire,” has the largest number of active volcanoes in the world. Earthquakes are frequent. Wallace's line, a zoological demarcation between Asian and Australian flora and fauna, divides Indonesia.
History:The 17,000 islands that make up Indonesia were home to a diversity of cultures and indigenous beliefs when the islands came under the influence of Hindu priests and traders in the first and second centuries A.D. Muslim invasions began in the 13th century, and most of the archipelago had converted to Islam by the 15th century. Portuguese traders arrived early in the next century but were ousted by the Dutch around 1595. The Dutch United East India Company established posts on the island of Java, in an effort to control the spice trade. After Napoléon subjugated the Netherlands in 1811, the British seized the islands but returned them to the Dutch in 1816. In 1922, Indonesia was made an integral part of the Dutch kingdom. During World War II, Japan seized the islands. Tokyo was primarily interested in Indonesia's oil, which was vital to the war effort, and tolerated fledgling nationalists such as Sukarno and Mohammed Hatta. After Japan's surrender, Sukarno and Hatta proclaimed Indonesian independence on Aug. 17, 1945. Allied troops, mostly British Indian forces, fought nationalist militias to reassert the prewar status quo until the arrival of Dutch troops.
Capital: Jakarta, National name: Republik Indonesia Languages: Bahasa Indonesia (official), English, Dutch, Javanese, and more than 580 other languages and dialects Ethnicity/race: Javanese 40.1%, Sundanese 15.5%, Malay 3.7%, Batak 3.6%, Madurese 3%, Betawi 2.9%, Minangkabau 2.7%, Buginese 2.7%, Bantenese 2%, Banjarese 1.7%, Balinese 1.7%, Acehnese 1.4%, Dayak 1.4%, Sasak 1.3%, Chinese 1.2%, other 15% (2010 est.) Religions: Muslim 87.2%, Christian 7%, Roman Catholic 2.9%, Hindu 1.7%, other 0.9% (includes Buddhist and Confucian), unspecified 0.4% (2010 est.) National Holiday: Independence Day, August 17 Literacy rate: 92.8% (2011 est.) Economic summary: GDP/PPP (2013 est.): $1.285 trillion; per capita $5,200. Real growth rate: 5.35%. Inflation:7.7%. Unemployment: 6.6%. Arable land: 12.34%. Agriculture: rice, cassava (tapioca), peanuts, rubber, cocoa, coffee, palm oil, copra; poultry, beef, pork, eggs. Labor force: 120 million (2013 est.); agriculture 38.9%, industry 13.2%, services 47.9% (2012 est.). Industries: petroleum and natural gas, textiles, apparel, footwear, mining, cement, chemical fertilizers, plywood, rubber, food, tourism. Natural resources: petroleum, tin, natural gas, nickel, timber, bauxite, copper, fertile soils, coal, gold, silver. Exports: $178.9 billion (2013 est.): oil and gas, electrical appliances, plywood, textiles, rubber. Imports: $1786 billion (2011 est.): machinery and equipment, chemicals, fuels, foodstuffs. Major trading partners: Japan, U.S., Singapore, South Korea, China, Malaysia, India (2012). Communications: Telephones: main lines in use: 37.983 million (2012); mobile cellular: 220 million (2009). Broadcast media: mixture of about a dozen national TV networks - 2 public broadcasters, the remainder private broadcasters - each with multiple transmitters; more than 100 local TV stations; widespread use of satellite and cable TV systems; public radio broadcaster operates 6 national networks as well as regional and local stations; overall, more than 700 radio stations with more than 650 privately-operated (2008). Internet hosts: 1.344 million (2012). Internet users: 20 million (2009). Transportation: Railways: total: 5,042 km (2011). Roadways: total: 496,607 km; paved: 283,102 km; unpaved: 213,505 km (2011 est.). Waterways: 21,579 km (2011). Ports and terminals: Banjarmasin, Belawan, Kotabaru, Krueg Geukueh, Palembang, Panjang, Sungai Pakning, Tanjung Perak, Tanjung Priok. Airports: 673 (2013). International disputes: Indonesia has a stated foreign policy objective of establishing stable fixed land and maritime boundaries with all of its neighbors; three stretches of land borders with Timor-Leste have yet to be delimited, two of which are in the Oecussi exclave area, and no maritime or Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) boundaries have been established between the countries; many refugees from Timor-Leste who left in 2003 still reside in Indonesia and refuse repatriation; all borders between Indonesia and Australia have been agreed upon bilaterally, but a 1997 treaty that would settle the last of their maritime and EEZ boundary has yet to be ratified by Indonesia's legislature; Indonesian groups challenge Australia's claim to Ashmore Reef; Australia has closed parts of the Ashmore and Cartier Reserve to Indonesian traditional fishing and placed restrictions on certain catches ; land and maritime negotiations with Malaysia are ongoing, and disputed areas include the controversial Tanjung Datu and Camar Wulan border area in Borneo and the maritime boundary in the Ambalat oil block in the Celebes Sea; Indonesia and Singapore continue to work on finalizaing their 1973 maritime boundary agreement by defining unresolved areas north of Indonesia's Batam Island; Indonesian secessionists, squatters, and illegal migrants create repatriation problems for Papua New Guinea; maritime delimitation talks continue with Palau; EEZ negotiations with Vietnam are ongoing, and the two countries in Fall 2011 agreed to work together to reduce illegal fishing along their maritime boundary.
इंडोनेशिया गणराज्य (दीपान्तर गणराज्य) दक्षिण पूर्व एशिया और ओशिनिया में स्थित एक देश है। १७५०८ द्वीपों वाले इस देश की जनसंख्या लगभग २३ करोड़ है, यह दुनिया का चौथा सबसे अधिक आबादी और दुनिया में सबसे बड़ी मुस्लिम आबादी वाला देश है। देश की राजधानी जकार्ता है। देश की जमीनी सीमा पापुआ न्यू गिनी, पूर्वी तिमोर और मलेशिया के साथ मिलती है, जबकि अन्य पड़ोसी देशोंसिंगापुर, फिलीपींस, ऑस्ट्रेलिया और भारत का अंडमान और निकोबार द्वीप समूह क्षेत्र शामिल है।
सातवीं शताब्दी से ही इंडोनेशिया द्वीपसमूह एक महत्वपूर्ण व्यापारिक क्षेत्र रहा है, जब श्रीविजय राजशाही के दौरान चीन और भारत के साथ व्यापारिक संबंध थे। स्थानीय शासकों ने धीरे-धीरे भारतीय सांस्कृतिक, धार्मिक और राजनीतिक प्रारुप को अपनाया और कालांतर में हिंदू और बौद्ध राज्यों का उत्कर्ष हुआ। इंडोनेशिया का इतिहास विदेशियों से प्रभावित रहा है, जो क्षेत्र के प्राकृतिक संसाधनों की वजह से खींचे चले आए। मुस्लिम व्यापारी अपने साथ इस्लाम लाए और यूरोपिय शक्तियां यहां के मसाला व्यापार में एकाधिकार को लेकर एक दूसरे से लड़ी। साढ़े तीन सौ साल के डच उपनिवेशवाद के बाद द्वितीय विश्व युद्ध के बाद स्वतंत्रता हासिल हुई।