Indonesia Fact Sheet

Indonesia

Geography
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National Symbol: 
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Geographic Area: 
736,000 sq. mi.
Time Zone: 
UTC + 7 (Jakarta)
Climate: 
Tropical, hot and humid
Population: 
248.2 million (July 2012 est.)
Major Cities: 
  • Jakarta
  • Surabaya
  • Bandung
US Consulate/Embassy Contact Info: 
U.S. Embassy Jakarta Medan Merdeka Selatan 5 Jakarta 10110 TEL: (62)(21) 3435-9000 Fax: (62)(21) 385-7189 U.S. Consulate Surabaya Jalan Raya Dr. Sutomo 33 TEL: (62) (31) 295-6400 Fax: (62) (31) 567-4492 U.S. Consulate Bali Jalan Hayam Wuruk 310 Denpasar, Bali TEL: (62) (361) 233-605 FAX: (62) (361) 222-426 BaliConsularAgency@state.gov
Daily Life
Official Language: 
other
Primary Language, other: 
Indonesian; also known as Bahasa Indonesia, a form of Malay
Secondary Languages: 
  • Javanese
  • Other local dialects
Currency: 
Rupiah ($1 = 9,170 IDR, as of April 2012)
National Dish: 
  • Nasi goring (fried rice) / satay (marinated skewered meat)
National Beverage: 
  • Teh botol sosro (bottled tea) or bintang beer
Legal Drinking Age: 
21
Drinking Rules: 
  • relaxed laws
Legal Driving Age: 
17
Driving Rules: 
  • international driver’s license required
  • drive on left side of road
Tipping Customs: 
Not mandatory, but appreciated. Ten percent is a good rule of thumb.