A few brief facts about Indonesia, the country I lived and worked in for more than two years between 2012 and 2014 (read about many of my experiences in Indonesia from more of my posts here and see a collection of photos here).

Indonesia, a republic in SE Asia, has a population of about 250 million. Spread over an archipelago consisting of more than 17,500 islands stretching a distance of 3,400 miles along the equator, it is the world’s 4th most populous nation and the 3rd largest democracy.

There are more than 300 distinct languages and ethnic groups in Indonesia. Bahasa Indonesia is the official language and lingua franca. The official motto is Bhinneka Tunggal Ika, which means “unity in diversity.”

Here is the map of Sumatra, where I worked for more than two years near to Lake Toba:

Lake Toba
Lake Toba
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