Indonesian, plus around 700 regional indigenous languages, including Javanese, Sundanese, and Madurese
Roman Catholic 3%
Composed of over 17,000 islands, Indonesia is the largest island nation on earth.
Though it has the fourth largest population in the world, barely a third of Indonesia’s islands are inhabited. The rest are so densely forested that they rival the Amazon jungle in their beauty and inaccessibility.
Indonesia’s motto of “many, yet one,” refers to its incredible diversity as a symbol of its unity. Over 700 languages are spoken throughout the country, which is the largest Muslim country in the world.
Will you share the unifying love of Jesus in this diverse country?
"Selamat" (sell-a-mat) means “peace”. This should be said with a handshake and a slow nod. Men should only shake hands with women if they initiate it.
Age is very important to Indonesians. In a group you should always greet the eldest person first. Indonesians do not touch the head, as it is viewed as disrespectful.
It can perceived as hostile if you maintain eye contact for too long. Chewing gum and yawning in public is rude. The left hand is considered unclean, so don’t touch food or people with it. It is also rude to refuse food or drink.
Indonesia is a land of natural beauty. One can see massive volcanoes, entrancing white-sand beaches, and the deadly Komodo dragon.
Go and explore a coffee plantation in Sumatra.
Delve into the beach food scene in Bali.
Check out the floating market in Lembung.
Witness the colossal magnificence of Borobudur, an ancient Buddhist monument thought to have been built over 1200 years ago, located in Java.
Travel about three hours from Jakarta to Puncak to go paragliding