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Indonesia :: East & Southeast Asia



The archipelago gradually adopted Islam between the 13th and 16th centuries. The Dutch began to colonize Indonesia in the early 17th century; Japan occupied the islands from 1942 to 1945. Indonesia declared its independence shortly before Japan's surrender, but it required four years of sometimes brutal fighting, intermittent negotiations, and UN mediation before the Netherlands agreed to transfer sovereignty in 1949. A period of sometimes unruly parliamentary democracy ended in 1957 when President SOEKARNO declared martial law and instituted "Guided Democracy." After an abortive coup in 1965 by alleged communist sympathizers, SOEKARNO was gradually eased from power. From 1967 until 1998, President SUHARTO ruled Indonesia with his "New Order" government. After street protests toppled SUHARTO in 1998, free and fair legislative elections took place in 1999. Indonesia is now the world's third most populous democracy, the world's largest archipelagic state, and the world's largest Muslim-majority nation. Current issues include: alleviating poverty, improving education, preventing terrorism, consolidating democracy after four decades of authoritarianism, implementing economic and financial reforms, stemming corruption, reforming the criminal justice system, addressing climate change, and controlling infectious diseases, particularly those of global and regional importance. In 2005, Indonesia reached a historic peace agreement with armed separatists in Aceh, which led to democratic elections in Aceh in December 2006. Indonesia continues to face low intensity armed resistance in Papua by the separatist Free Papua Movement.



Southeastern Asia, archipelago between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean

Geographic coordinates:

5 00 S, 120 00 E

Map references:

Southeast Asia


total: 1,904,569 sq km
land: 1,811,569 sq km
water: 93,000 sq km
country comparison to the world: 16

Area - comparative:

slightly less than three times the size of Texas

Land boundaries:

total: 2,958 km
border countries (3): Malaysia 1881 km, Papua New Guinea 824 km, Timor-Leste 253 km


54,716 km

Maritime claims:

territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
measured from claimed archipelagic straight baselines


tropical; hot, humid; more moderate in highlands


mostly coastal lowlands; larger islands have interior mountains


mean elevation: 367 m
lowest point: Indian Ocean 0 m
highest point: Puncak Jaya 4,884 m

Natural resources:

petroleum, tin, natural gas, nickel, timber, bauxite, copper, fertile soils, coal, gold, silver

Land use:

agricultural land: 31.2% (2011 est.)
arable land: 13% (2011 est.) / permanent crops: 12.1% (2011 est.) / permanent pasture: 6.1% (2011 est.)
forest: 51.7% (2011 est.)
other: 17.1% (2011 est.)

Irrigated land:

67,220 sq km (2012)

Population distribution:

major concentration on the island of Java, which is considered one of the most densely populated places on earth; of the outer islands (those surrounding Java and Bali), Sumatra contains some of the most significant clusters, particularly in the south near the Selat Sunda, and along the northeastern coast near Medan; the cities of Makasar (Sulawesi), Banjarmasin (Kalimantan) are also heavily populated

Natural hazards:

occasional floods; severe droughts; tsunamis; earthquakes; volcanoes; forest fires ++ volcanism: Indonesia contains the most volcanoes of any country in the world - some 76 are historically active; significant volcanic activity occurs on Java, Sumatra, the Sunda Islands, Halmahera Island, Sulawesi Island, Sangihe Island, and in the Banda Sea; Merapi (2,968 m), Indonesia's most active volcano and in eruption since 2010, has been deemed a Decade Volcano by the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior, worthy of study due to its explosive history and close proximity to human populations; other notable historically active volcanoes include Agung, Awu, Karangetang, Krakatau (Krakatoa), Makian, Raung, and Tambora; see note 2 under "Geography - note"

Environment - current issues:

large-scale deforestation (much of it illegal) and related wildfires cause heavy smog; over-exploitation of marine resources; environmental problems associated with rapid urbanization and economic development, including air pollution, traffic congestion, garbage management, and reliable water and waste water services; water pollution from industrial wastes, sewage

Environment - international agreements:

party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Tropical Timber 83, Tropical Timber 94, Wetlands
signed, but not ratified: Marine Life Conservation

Geography - note:

note 1: according to Indonesia's National Coordinating Agency for Survey and Mapping, the total number of islands in the archipelago is 13,466, of which 922 are permanently inhabited (Indonesia is the world's largest country comprised solely of islands); the country straddles the equator and occupies a strategic location astride or along major sea lanes from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific Ocean ++ note 2: Indonesia is one of the countries along the Ring of Fire, a belt of active volcanoes and earthquake epicenters bordering the Pacific Ocean; up to 90% of the world's earthquakes and some 75% of the world's volcanoes occur within the Ring of Fire ++ note 3: despite having the fourth largest population in the world, Indonesia is the most heavily forested region on earth after the Amazon

People and Society


267,026,366 (July 2020 est.)
country comparison to the world: 4


noun: Indonesian(s)
adjective: Indonesian

Ethnic groups:

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.)


Bahasa Indonesia (official, modified form of Malay), English, Dutch, local dialects (of which the most widely spoken is Javanese)
note: more than 700 languages are used in Indonesia


Muslim 87.2%, Protestant 7%, Roman Catholic 2.9%, Hindu 1.7%, other 0.9% (includes Buddhist and Confucian), unspecified 0.4% (2010 est.)

Age structure:

0-14 years: 23.87% (male 32,473,246/female 31,264,034)
15-24 years: 16.76% (male 22,786,920/female 21,960,130)
25-54 years: 42.56% (male 58,249,570/female 55,409,579)
55-64 years: 8.99% (male 11,033,838/female 12,968,005)
65 years and over: 7.82% (male 9,099,773/female 11,781,271) (2020 est.)

Dependency ratios:

total dependency ratio: 47.5
youth dependency ratio: 38.3
elderly dependency ratio: 9.2
potential support ratio: 10.8 (2020 est.)

Median age:

total: 31.1 years
male: 30.5 years
female: 31.8 years (2020 est.)
country comparison to the world: 117

Population growth rate:

0.79% (2020 est.)
country comparison to the world: 128

Birth rate:

15.4 births/1,000 population (2020 est.)
country comparison to the world: 115

Death rate:

6.6 deaths/1,000 population (2020 est.)
country comparison to the world: 139

Net migration rate:

-1.1 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2020 est.)
country comparison to the world: 144

Population distribution:

major concentration on the island of Java, which is considered one of the most densely populated places on earth; of the outer islands (those surrounding Java and Bali), Sumatra contains some of the most significant clusters, particularly in the south near the Selat Sunda, and along the northeastern coast near Medan; the cities of Makasar (Sulawesi), Banjarmasin (Kalimantan) are also heavily populated


urban population: 56.6% of total population (2020)
rate of urbanization: 2.27% annual rate of change (2015-20 est.)

Major urban areas - population:

10.770 million JAKARTA (capital), 3.394 million Bekasi, 2.944 million Surabaya, 2.580 million Bandung, 2.339 million Tangerang, 2.338 million Medan (2020)

Sex ratio:

at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
0-14 years: 1.04 male(s)/female
15-24 years: 1.04 male(s)/female
25-54 years: 1.05 male(s)/female
55-64 years: 0.85 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.77 male(s)/female
total population: 1 male(s)/female (2020 est.)

Mother's mean age at first birth:

22.8 years (2012 est.)
note: median age at first birth among women 25-29

Maternal mortality rate:

177 deaths/100,000 live births (2017 est.)
country comparison to the world: 52

Infant mortality rate:

total: 20.4 deaths/1,000 live births
male: 24 deaths/1,000 live births
female: 16.7 deaths/1,000 live births (2020 est.)
country comparison to the world: 73

Life expectancy at birth:

total population: 73.7 years
male: 71.1 years
female: 76.5 years (2020 est.)
country comparison to the world: 142

Total fertility rate:

2.04 children born/woman (2020 est.)
country comparison to the world: 105

Contraceptive prevalence rate:

55.5% (2018)

Drinking water source:

improved: urban: 96.6% of population
rural: 83.7% of population
total: 90.8% of population
unimproved: urban: 3.4% of population
rural: 16.3% of population
total: 9.2% of population (2017 est.)

Current Health Expenditure:

3% (2017)

Physicians density:

0.38 physicians/1,000 population (2017)

Hospital bed density:

1 beds/1,000 population (2017)

Sanitation facility access:

improved: urban: 92.5% of population
rural: 76.8% of population
total: 85.4% of population
unimproved: urban: 7.5% of population
rural: 23.2% of population
total: 14.6% of population (2017 est.)

HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate:

0.4% (2018 est.)
country comparison to the world: 78

HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS:

640,000 (2018 est.)
country comparison to the world: 14

HIV/AIDS - deaths:

38,000 (2018 est.)
country comparison to the world: 5

Major infectious diseases:

degree of risk: very high (2020)
food or waterborne diseases: bacterial diarrhea, hepatitis A, and typhoid fever
vectorborne diseases: dengue fever and malaria

Obesity - adult prevalence rate:

6.9% (2016)
country comparison to the world: 162

Children under the age of 5 years underweight:

17.7% (2018)
country comparison to the world: 31

Education expenditures:

3.6% of GDP (2015)
country comparison to the world: 111


definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 95.7%
male: 97.3%
female: 94% (2018)

School life expectancy (primary to tertiary education):

total: 14 years
male: 14 years
female: 14 years (2018)

Unemployment, youth ages 15-24:

total: 16.5%
male: 16.5%
female: 16.5% (2018 est.)
country comparison to the world: 82


Country name:

conventional long form: Republic of Indonesia
conventional short form: Indonesia
local long form: Republik Indonesia
local short form: Indonesia
former: Netherlands East Indies, Dutch East Indies
etymology: the name is an 18th-century construct of two Greek words, "Indos" (India) and "nesoi" (islands), meaning "Indian islands"

Government type:

presidential republic


name: Jakarta
geographic coordinates: 6 10 S, 106 49 E
time difference: UTC+7 (12 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)
note: Indonesia has three time zones ++ etymology: "Jakarta" derives from the Sanscrit "Jayakarta" meaning "victorious city" and refers to a successful defeat and expulsion of the Portuguese in 1527; previously the port had been named "Sunda Kelapa"

Administrative divisions:

31 provinces (provinsi-provinsi, singular - provinsi), 1 autonomous province*, 1 special region** (daerah-daerah istimewa, singular - daerah istimewa), and 1 national capital district*** (daerah khusus ibukota); Aceh*, Bali, Banten, Bengkulu, Gorontalo, Jakarta***, Jambi, Jawa Barat (West Java), Jawa Tengah (Central Java), Jawa Timur (East Java), Kalimantan Barat (West Kalimantan), Kalimantan Selatan (South Kalimantan), Kalimantan Tengah (Central Kalimantan), Kalimantan Timur (East Kalimantan), Kalimantan Utara (North Kalimantan), Kepulauan Bangka Belitung (Bangka Belitung Islands), Kepulauan Riau (Riau Islands), Lampung, Maluku, Maluku Utara (North Maluku), Nusa Tenggara Barat (West Nusa Tenggara), Nusa Tenggara Timur (East Nusa Tenggara), Papua, Papua Barat (West Papua), Riau, Sulawesi Barat (West Sulawesi), Sulawesi Selatan (South Sulawesi), Sulawesi Tengah (Central Sulawesi), Sulawesi Tenggara (Southeast Sulawesi), Sulawesi Utara (North Sulawesi), Sumatera Barat (West Sumatra), Sumatera Selatan (South Sumatra), Sumatera Utara (North Sumatra), Yogyakarta**
note: following the implementation of decentralization beginning on 1 January 2001, regencies and municipalities have become the key administrative units responsible for providing most government services


17 August 1945 (declared independence from the Netherlands)

National holiday:

Independence Day, 17 August (1945)


history: drafted July to August 1945, effective 18 August 1945, abrogated by 1949 and 1950 constitutions; 1945 constitution restored 5 July 1959
amendments: proposed by the People's Consultative Assembly, with at least two thirds of its members present; passage requires simple majority vote by the Assembly membership; constitutional articles on the unitary form of the state cannot be amended; amended several times, last in 2002

Legal system:

civil law system based on the Roman-Dutch model and influenced by customary law

International law organization participation:

has not submitted an ICJ jurisdiction declaration; non-party state to the ICCt


citizenship by birth: no
citizenship by descent only: at least one parent must be a citizen of Indonesia
dual citizenship recognized: no
residency requirement for naturalization: 5 continuous years


17 years of age; universal and married persons regardless of age

Executive branch:

chief of state: President Joko WIDODO (since 20 October 2014, reelected 17 April 2019, inauguration 19 October 2019); Vice President Ma'ruf AMIN (since 20 October 2019); note - the president is both chief of state and head of government (2019)
head of government: President Joko WIDODO (since 20 October 2014); Vice President Ma'ruf AMIN (since 20 October 2019) (2019)
cabinet: Cabinet appointed by the president
elections/appointments: president and vice president directly elected by absolute majority popular vote for a 5-year term (eligible for a second term); election last held on 17 April 2019 (next election 2024)
election results: Joko WIDODO elected president; percent of vote - Joko WIDODO (PDI-P) 55.5%, PRABOWO Subianto Djojohadikusumo (GERINDRA) 44.5%

Legislative branch:

description: bicameral People's Consultative Assembly or Majelis Permusyawaratan Rakyat consists of: Regional Representative Council or Dewan Perwakilan Daerah (136 seats; non-partisan members directly elected in multi-seat constituencies - 4 each from the country's 34 electoral districts - by proportional representation vote to serve 5-year terms); note - the Regional Representative Council has no legislative authority ++ House of Representatives or Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat (575 seats; members directly elected in multi-seat constituencies by single non-transferable vote to serve 5-year terms) (2019)
elections: Regional Representative Council - last held 17 April 2019 (next to be held 2024) ++ House of Representatives - last held on 17 April 2019 (next to be held 2024) (2019)
election results: Regional Representative Council - all seats elected on a non-partisan basis; compostion - NA ++ House of Representatives - percent of vote by party - PDI-P 19.3%, Gerindra 12.6%, Golkar 12.3%, PKB 9.7%, Nasdem 9.1%, PKS 8.2%, PD 7.8%, PAN 6.8%, PPP 4.5%, other 9.6%; seats by party - PDI-P 128, Golkar 85, Gerindra 78, Nasdem 59, PKB 58, PD 54, PKS 50, PAN 44, PPP 19; composition - men 475, women 100, percent of women 17.9%; total People's Consultative Assembly percent of women NA (2019)

Judicial branch:

highest courts: Supreme Court or Mahkamah Agung (51 judges divided into 8 chambers); Constitutional Court or Mahkamah Konstitusi (consists of 9 judges)
judge selection and term of office: Supreme Court judges nominated by Judicial Commission, appointed by president with concurrence of parliament; judges serve until retirement at age 65; Constitutional Court judges - 3 nominated by president, 3 by Supreme Court, and 3 by parliament; judges appointed by the president; judges serve until mandatory retirement at age 70
subordinate courts: High Courts of Appeal, district courts, religious courts

Political parties and leaders:

Democrat Party or PD [Susilo Bambang YUDHOYONO] ++ Functional Groups Party or GOLKAR [Airlangga HARTARTO] ++ Great Indonesia Movement Party or GERINDRA [PRABOWO Subianto Djojohadikusumo] ++ Indonesia Democratic Party-Struggle or PDI-P [MEGAWATI Sukarnoputri] ++ National Awakening Party or PKB [Muhaiman ISKANDAR] ++ National Democratic Party or NasDem [Surya PALOH] ++ National Mandate Party or PAN [Zulkifli HASAN] ++ Party of the Functional Groups or Golkar [Airlangga HARTARTO] ++ People's Conscience Party or HANURA [Oesman Sapta ODANG] ++ Prosperous Justice Party or PKS [Muhammad Sohibul IMAN] ++ United Development Party or PPP [Muhammad ROMAHURMUZIY] (2019)

International organization participation:

ADB, APEC, ARF, ASEAN, BIS, CD, CICA (observer), CP, D-8, EAS, EITI (compliant country), FAO, G-11, G-15, G-20, G-77, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC (national committees), ICRM, IDA, IDB, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, IHO, ILO, IMF, IMO, IMSO, Interpol, IOC, IOM (observer), IORA, IPU, ISO, ITSO, ITU, ITUC (NGOs), MIGA, MINURSO, MINUSTAH, MONUSCO, MSG (associate member), NAM, OECD (enhanced engagement), OIC, OPCW, PIF (partner), UN, UNAMID, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UNIFIL, UNISFA, UNMIL, UNWTO, UPU, WCO, WFTU (NGOs), WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO

Diplomatic representation in the US:

chief of mission: Ambassador Muhammad LUTFI (since 17 September 2020)
chancery: 2020 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036
telephone: [1] (202) 775-5200
FAX: [1] (202) 775-5365
consulate(s) general: Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco

Diplomatic representation from the US:

chief of mission: Ambassador Sung Y. KIM (October 2020)
telephone: [62] (21) 3435-9000 (2020)
embassy: Jalan Medan Merdeka Selatan 3-5, Jakarta 10110
mailing address: Unit 8129, Box 1, FPO AP 96520
FAX: [62] (21) 2395-1697 (2018)
consulate(s) general: Surabaya
consulate(s): Medan

Flag description:

two equal horizontal bands of red (top) and white; the colors derive from the banner of the Majapahit Empire of the 13th-15th centuries; red symbolizes courage, white represents purity
note: similar to the flag of Monaco, which is shorter; also similar to the flag of Poland, which is white (top) and red

National symbol(s):

garuda (mythical bird); national colors: red, white

National anthem:

name: "Indonesia Raya" (Great Indonesia)
lyrics/music: Wage Rudolf SOEPRATMAN
note: adopted 1945


Economic overview:

Indonesia, the largest economy in Southeast Asia, has seen a slowdown in growth since 2012, mostly due to the end of the commodities export boom. During the global financial crisis, Indonesia outperformed its regional neighbors and joined China and India as the only G20 members posting growth. Indonesia's annual budget deficit is capped at 3% of GDP, and the Government of Indonesia lowered its debt-to-GDP ratio from a peak of 100% shortly after the Asian financial crisis in 1999 to 34% today. In May 2017 Standard & Poor's became the last major ratings agency to upgrade Indonesia's sovereign credit rating to investment grade. ++ Poverty and unemployment, inadequate infrastructure, corruption, a complex regulatory environment, and unequal resource distribution among its regions are still part of Indonesia's economic landscape. President Joko WIDODO - elected in July 2014 – seeks to develop Indonesia's maritime resources and pursue other infrastructure development, including significantly increasing its electrical power generation capacity. Fuel subsidies were significantly reduced in early 2015, a move which has helped the government redirect its spending to development priorities. Indonesia, with the nine other ASEAN members, will continue to move towards participation in the ASEAN Economic Community, though full implementation of economic integration has not yet materialized.

GDP real growth rate:

5.03% (2019 est.)
5.17% (2018 est.)
5.07% (2017 est.)
country comparison to the world: 45

Inflation rate (consumer prices):

2.8% (2019 est.)
3.2% (2018 est.)
3.8% (2017 est.)
country comparison to the world: 142

Credit ratings:

Fitch rating: BBB (2017)
Moody's rating: Baa2 (2018)
Standard & Poors rating: BBB (2019)

GDP (purchasing power parity) - real:

$3,281,170,000,000 (2019 est.)
$3,124,188,000,000 (2018 est.)
$2,970,616,000,000 (2017 est.)
note: data are in 2010 dollars

GDP (official exchange rate):

$1,119,720,000,000 (2019 est.)

GDP - per capita (PPP):

$4,455 (2019 est.)
$4,289 (2018 est.)
$4,124 (2017 est.)
note: data are in 2010 dollars
country comparison to the world: 160

Gross national saving:

31.7% of GDP (2017 est.)
32% of GDP (2016 est.)
32% of GDP (2015 est.)
country comparison to the world: 27

GDP - composition, by sector of origin:

agriculture: 13.7% (2017 est.)
industry: 41% (2017 est.)
services: 45.4% (2017 est.)

GDP - composition, by end use:

household consumption: 57.3% (2017 est.)
government consumption: 9.1% (2017 est.)
investment in fixed capital: 32.1% (2017 est.)
investment in inventories: 0.3% (2017 est.)
exports of goods and services: 20.4% (2017 est.)
imports of goods and services: -19.2% (2017 est.)

Ease of Doing Business Index scores:

69.6 (2020)

Agriculture - products:

rubber and similar products, palm oil, poultry, beef, forest products, shrimp, cocoa, coffee, medicinal herbs, essential oil, fish and its similar products, and spices


petroleum and natural gas, textiles, automotive, electrical appliances, apparel, footwear, mining, cement, medical instruments and appliances, handicrafts, chemical fertilizers, plywood, rubber, processed food, jewelry, and tourism

Industrial production growth rate:

4.1% (2017 est.)
country comparison to the world: 73

Labor force:

129.366 million (2019 est.)
country comparison to the world: 3

Labor force - by occupation:

agriculture: 32%
industry: 21%
services: 47% (2016 est.)

Unemployment rate:

5.31% (2018 est.)
5.4% (2017 est.)
country comparison to the world: 85

Population below poverty line:

10.9% (2016 est.)

Household income or consumption by percentage share:

lowest 10%: 3.4%
highest 10%: 28.2% (2010)


revenues: 131.7 billion (2017 est.)
expenditures: 159.6 billion (2017 est.)

Taxes and other revenues:

13% (of GDP) (2017 est.)
country comparison to the world: 208

Budget surplus (+) or deficit (-):

-2.7% (of GDP) (2017 est.)
country comparison to the world: 121

Public debt:

28.8% of GDP (2017 est.)
28.3% of GDP (2016 est.)
country comparison to the world: 166

Fiscal year:

calendar year

Current account balance:

-$30.359 billion (2019 est.)
-$30.633 billion (2018 est.)
country comparison to the world: 200


$249.628 billion (2019 est.)
$251.827 billion (2018 est.)
$236.354 billion (2017 est.)
country comparison to the world: 30

Exports - partners:

China 13.6%, US 10.6%, Japan 10.5%, India 8.4%, Singapore 7.6%, Malaysia 5.1%, South Korea 4.8% (2017)

Exports - commodities:

mineral fuels, animal or vegetable fats (includes palm oil), electrical machinery, rubber, machinery and mechanical appliance parts


$223.44 billion (2019 est.)
$242.046 billion (2018 est.)
$216.342 billion (2017 est.)
country comparison to the world: 32

Imports - commodities:

mineral fuels, boilers, machinery, and mechanical parts, electric machinery, iron and steel, foodstuffs

Imports - partners:

China 23.2%, Singapore 10.9%, Japan 10%, Thailand 6%, Malaysia 5.6%, South Korea 5.3%, US 5.2% (2017)

Reserves of foreign exchange and gold:

$130.2 billion (31 December 2017 est.)
country comparison to the world: 19

Debt - external:

$344.4 billion (31 December 2017 est.)
country comparison to the world: 30

Exchange rates:

Indonesian rupiah (IDR) per US dollar -
14,110 (2020 est.)
14,015 (2019 est.)
14,470 (2018 est.)
13,389.4 (2014 est.)
11,865.2 (2013 est.)


Electricity access:

population without electricity: 2 million (2019)
electrification - total population: 99% (2019)
electrification - urban areas: 100% (2019)
electrification - rural areas: 99% (2019)

Electricity - production:

235.4 billion kWh (2016 est.)
country comparison to the world: 20

Electricity - consumption:

213.4 billion kWh (2016 est.)
country comparison to the world: 20

Electricity - exports:

0 kWh (2017 est.)
country comparison to the world: 149

Electricity - imports:

693 million kWh (2016 est.)
country comparison to the world: 76

Electricity - installed generating capacity:

61.43 million kW (2016 est.)
country comparison to the world: 19

Electricity - from fossil fuels:

85% of total installed capacity (2016 est.)
country comparison to the world: 70

Electricity - from nuclear fuels:

0% of total installed capacity (2017 est.)
country comparison to the world: 110

Electricity - from hydroelectric plants:

9% of total installed capacity (2017 est.)
country comparison to the world: 118

Electricity - from other renewable sources:

6% of total installed capacity (2017 est.)
country comparison to the world: 99

Crude oil - production:

772,000 bbl/day (2018 est.)
country comparison to the world: 24

Crude oil - exports:

302,300 bbl/day (2015 est.)
country comparison to the world: 27

Crude oil - imports:

498,500 bbl/day (2015 est.)
country comparison to the world: 18

Crude oil - proved reserves:

3.31 billion bbl (1 January 2018 est.)
country comparison to the world: 28

Refined petroleum products - production:

950,000 bbl/day (2015 est.)
country comparison to the world: 18

Refined petroleum products - consumption:

1.601 million bbl/day (2016 est.)
country comparison to the world: 14

Refined petroleum products - exports:

79,930 bbl/day (2015 est.)
country comparison to the world: 47

Refined petroleum products - imports:

591,500 bbl/day (2015 est.)
country comparison to the world: 15

Natural gas - production:

72.09 billion cu m (2017 est.)
country comparison to the world: 12

Natural gas - consumption:

42.32 billion cu m (2017 est.)
country comparison to the world: 23

Natural gas - exports:

29.78 billion cu m (2017 est.)
country comparison to the world: 12

Natural gas - imports:

0 cu m (2017 est.)
country comparison to the world: 141

Natural gas - proved reserves:

2.866 trillion cu m (1 January 2018 est.)
country comparison to the world: 12

Carbon dioxide emissions from consumption of energy:

540.7 million Mt (2017 est.)
country comparison to the world: 12


Telephones - fixed lines:

total subscriptions: 9,272,754
subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 3.5 (2019 est.)
country comparison to the world: 18

Telephones - mobile cellular:

total subscriptions: 337,766,682
subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 127.49 (2019 est.)
country comparison to the world: 4

Telecommunication systems:

general assessment: international service good; Indonesia has very low fixed line and fixed broadband penetration, high mobile penetration and moderate mobile broadband penetration; 4G mobile services are relatively advanced, 7 operators compete for revenue in the Indonesian market; Chinese company Huawei working on the development of 5G technology in the country; mobile broadband market still in early stages of development; data center market has experienced significant growth; Kacific-1 satellite launched in 2019 to significantly improve telecommunications (2020)
domestic: fixed-line 4 per 100 and mobile-cellular 127 per 100 persons; coverage provided by existing network has been expanded by use of over 200,000 telephone kiosks many located in remote areas; mobile-cellular subscribership growing rapidly (2019)
international: country code - 62; landing points for the SEA-ME-WE-3 & 5, DAMAI, JASUKA, BDM, Dumai-Melaka Cable System, IGG, JIBA, Link 1, 3, 4, & 5, PGASCOM, B3J2, Tanjung Pandam-Sungai Kakap Cable System, JAKABARE, JAYABAYA, INDIGO-West, Matrix Cable System, ASC, SJJK, Jaka2LaDeMa, S-U-B Cable System, JBCS, MKCS, BALOK, Palapa Ring East, West and Middle, SMPCS Packet-1 and 2, LTCS, TSCS, SEA-US and Kamal Domestic Submarine Cable System, 35 submarine cable networks that provide links throughout Asia, the Middle East, Australia, Southeast Asia, Africa and Europe; satellite earth stations - 2 Intelsat (1 Indian Ocean and 1 Pacific Ocean) (2019)
note: the COVID-19 outbreak is negatively impacting telecommunications production and supply chains globally; consumer spending on telecom devices and services has also slowed due to the pandemic's effect on economies worldwide; overall progress towards improvements in all facets of the telecom industry - mobile, fixed-line, broadband, submarine cable and satellite - has moderated

Broadcast media:

mixture of about a dozen national TV networks - 1 public broadcaster, 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 (2019)

Internet country code:


Internet users:

total: 104,563,108
percent of population: 39.79% (July 2018 est.)
country comparison to the world: 7

Broadband - fixed subscriptions:

total: 8,874,116
subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 3 (2018 est.)
country comparison to the world: 20


National air transport system:

number of registered air carriers: 25 (2020)
inventory of registered aircraft operated by air carriers: 611
annual passenger traffic on registered air carriers: 115,154,100 (2018)
annual freight traffic on registered air carriers: 1,131,910,000 mt-km (2018)

Civil aircraft registration country code prefix:

PK (2016)


673 (2013)
country comparison to the world: 10

Airports - with paved runways:

total: 186 (2017)
over 3,047 m: 5 (2017)
2,438 to 3,047 m: 21 (2017)
1,524 to 2,437 m: 51 (2017)
914 to 1,523 m: 72 (2017)
under 914 m: 37 (2017)

Airports - with unpaved runways:

total: 487 (2013)
1,524 to 2,437 m: 4 (2013)
914 to 1,523 m: 23 (2013)
under 914 m: 460 (2013)


76 (2013)


1064 km condensate, 150 km condensate/gas, 11702 km gas, 119 km liquid petroleum gas, 7767 km oil, 77 km oil/gas/water, 728 km refined products, 53 km unknown, 44 km water (2013)


total: 8,159 km (2014)
narrow gauge: 8,159 km 1.067-m gauge (565 km electrified) (2014)
note: 4,816 km operational
country comparison to the world: 27


total: 496,607 km (2011)
paved: 283,102 km (2011)
unpaved: 213,505 km (2011)
country comparison to the world: 14


21,579 km (2011)
country comparison to the world: 7

Merchant marine:

total: 9,879
by type: bulk carrier 109, container ship 217, general cargo 2,198, oil tanker 622, other 6,733 (2019)
country comparison to the world: 1

Ports and terminals:

major seaport(s): Banjarmasin, Belawan, Kotabaru, Krueg Geukueh, Palembang, Panjang, Sungai Pakning, Tanjung Perak, Tanjung Priok
container port(s) (TEUs): Tanjung Perak (3,553,370), Tanjung Priok (6,090,000) (2017)
LNG terminal(s) (export): Bontang, Tangguh
LNG terminal(s) (import): Arun, Lampung, West Java

Military and Security

Military and security forces:

Indonesian National Armed Forces (Tentara Nasional Indonesia, TNI): Army (TNI-Angkatan Darat (TNI-AD)), Navy (TNI-Angkatan Laut (TNI-AL), includes marines (Korps Marinir, KorMar), naval air arm), Air Force (TNI-Angkatan Udara (TNI-AU)), National Air Defense Command (Komando Pertahanan Udara Nasional (Kohanudnas)), Armed Forces Special Operations Command (Koopssus), Strategic Reserve Command (Kostrad) ++ Indonesian Sea and Coast Guard (Kesatuan Penjagaan Laut dan Pantai, KPLP) is under the Ministry of Transportation (2019)
note: the Indonesian National Police includes a paramilitary Mobile Brigade Corps (BRIMOB)

Military expenditures:

0.7% of GDP (2019)
0.7% of GDP (2018)
0.9% of GDP (2017)
0.8% of GDP (2016)
0.9% of GDP (2015)
country comparison to the world: 137

Military and security service personnel strengths:

the Indonesian National Armed Forces have an estimated 395,000 active duty troops (300,000 Army; 65,000 Navy; 30,000 Air Force); the Police Mobile Brigade Corps (BRIMOB) has an estimated 14,000 personnel (2019)

Military equipment inventories and acquisitions:

the Indonesian military inventory is comprised of equipment from a wide variety of sources; since 2010, the top suppliers are China, Germany, the Netherlands, Russia, South Korea, the UK, and the US (2019)

Military deployments:

200 Central African Republic (MINUSCA); 1,025 Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO); 1,250 Lebanon (UNIFIL) (2020)

Military service age and obligation:

18-45 years of age for voluntary military service, with selective conscription authorized; 2-year service obligation, with reserve obligation to age 45 (officers); Indonesian citizens only (2013)

Maritime threats:

The International Maritime Bureau continues to report the territorial and offshore waters in the Strait of Malacca and South China Sea as high risk for piracy and armed robbery against ships; attacks declined for the third year in a row from 43 incidents in 2016 to 36 in 2018 due to aggressive maritime patrolling by regional authorities; in 2018, 29 commercial vessels were boarded and three crew members were taken hostage; hijacked vessels are often disguised and cargo diverted to ports in East Asia (2018)


Terrorist group(s):

Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (aka Jemaah Anshorut Daulah); Jemaah Islamiyah (2020)
note: details about the history, aims, leadership, organization, areas of operation, tactics, targets, weapons, size, and sources of support of the group(s) appear(s) in Appendix-T

Transnational Issues

Disputes - international:

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; 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 finalizing 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

Refugees and internally displaced persons:

refugees (country of origin): 6,098 (Afghanistan) (2018)
IDPs: 40,000 (inter-communal, inter-faith, and separatist violence between 1998 and 2004 in Aceh and Papua; religious attacks and land conflicts in 2007 and 2013; most IDPs in Aceh, Maluku, East Nusa Tengarra) (2019)
stateless persons: 582 (2019)

Illicit drugs:

illicit producer of cannabis largely for domestic use; producer of methamphetamine and ecstasy; President WIDODO's war on drugs has led to an increase in death sentences and executions, particularly of foreign drug traffickers