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Questions and Answers 

What questions do you have?


Where is my local Embassy in Indonesia?

Please follow this link. Embassies


How do you get to Indonesia?

 You can travel by sea, land and air. Please follow this link. Getting Here


Which city is closest to the Equator?

Pontianak, in West Kalimantan.


What is Indonesia's life expectancy?

69 years and 9 months old


Where is Surabaya?

 Seaport city (pop., 1995 est.: 2,701,000), northeastern coast of Java, Indonesia.


What is the purpose of gamelan music in the Indonesian society?

 To keep all the bad spirits away.


Where is Sumatra?

 Sumatra is an island in Indonesia with coordinates 0°00′N, 102°00′E, right on the equator. Please follow this link. Maps 


Indonesia lies between which two continents?

 Indonesia is a nation in Southeast Asia, it is south of mainland Asia and north of Australia.


How many islands make up Indonesia?

 There are approx. 17,508 islands Indonesia is an archipelago nation, made up of approximately 18,000 islands.


What is the national currency of Indonesia?

 The national currency of Indonesia is Rupiah (Rp) (IDR) e.g. One Thousand Rupiah or Rp 1000.-


What is the interesting point of Indonesia?

 Indonesia is a very beautiful country. Indonesia has many Islands. The most interesting point is the tourism sites.


Who was the first elected President of Indonesia?

 The first elected President of Indonesia was Ir. Soekarno with his Vice President Drs. Mohammad Hatta.


What are the colors of Indonesia's flag?

 Two equal horizontal bands of red (top) and white.


Why is August 17th 1945 an important date in Indonesian History?

 August 17th is when Indonesia proclaim it's independence from all foreign occupation.


What is the capital city of Indonesia?

 Indonesia's capital city is Jakarta.


What are the natural resources in Indonesia?


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

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What topics of discussion are acceptable?

Welcome Topics of Conversation

General Guidelines

  • You may be asked extremely personal questions regarding your salary, education, family life or, conversely, why you are unmarried and childless. If you don't want to answer, remain polite but try to gracefully side step the question. In most cases, people ask these questions to determine your status--which means everything in Indonesian business culture.
  • To successfully hold a conversation, it's essential for Indonesians to know if they are speaking with a person who is their superior, inferior or equal. Generally, they will feel uncomfortable until they learn your status--hence the tendency to ask very personal questions.
  • It is considered polite among Indonesian Chinese to offer both the positive and negative possibilities in practically every question that requires a decision. For example, rather than asking, “Would you like to go to the convention?” they are likely to ask “Do you want to go to the convention or not?”
  • Exercise caution when asking Indonesian Chinese a question. For example, English speakers would give a negative answer to the question “Isn't the document available?” by responding “no.” The intended meaning is “No, the document is not available.” The Chinese interpretation is opposite. The answer would be “yes,” meaning “Yes, the document is not available.”
  • Typically, very little is said during meals. Indonesians generally prefer to concentrate on their food, and a silent meal should not be a cause for concern.
  • You may find that the subject of birth control will be openly discussed, largely because the Indonesian government has initiated a high-profile campaign to promote family planning. Nevertheless, bringing up other topics related to sex and the roles of the sexes in conversation is discouraged.

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Quick Summary

Welcome Topics of Conversation

  • the weather
  • family
  • travel/tourism
  • sports
  • food/praising the local cuisine
  • anecdotes about your attempts to learn Bahasa Indonesia

Topics to Stay away from in Casual Conversation

  • Indonesian politics
  • bureaucracy
  • corruption
  • military influence
  • criticism of Indonesian ways
  • commenting on Indonesian customs that you find peculiar
  • religion
  • personal success
  • sex/roles of the sexes


What is life like in Indonesia?

Life in Indonesia is different from that in most western countries. This is life of an average native of Indonesia outside of the cities.

Houses are made up of thatched nipah palms which serve as roofing, bamboo poles, which serve as flooring, and lumber with serve as the walls. In Borneo, the people live in longhouses - and share it with their own clan.

Indonesians eat three meals a day, which usually consists of rice (nasi), with a wide range of vegetables and meat as side dishes. In other parts of the country, especially in Ambon and Papua, they eat sago (tapioca) and sweet potato as staple food. Satay, a sweet-spicy combination of sauces and soup, originated from Java in Indonesia.

The games Indonesians play are largely tradition in origin. In Bali, cockfighting is very popular. In Madura, it is the bull races, and in Nias, stone jumping. But the national sport is Sepak Takraw, which aims to keep a "rattan" ball in the air through a player's feet.

In the arts, Indonesians perfected the artof shadow puppet theater, called wayang kulit. In music, kroncong is the main indigenous musical genre which uses guitars and ukuleles. Traditional music, art, and sports are all combined into Pencak Silat, a form of martial arts.

Family life in Indonesia is centered on the father, with the exception of Minangkabau, where inheritance laws and the rule of the family rests on the mother.

The vast majority of all Indonesians are of the Malay ethnic group (Similar to Asians). Those living in the eastern far-flung areas are of the Melanesian ethnic group (Similar to Pacific Islanders). There are pockets of Chinese people living in Java, Papuan people living in Papua/Irian Jaya, and people of mixed Dutch ancestry in northern Sulawesi.

88% of all Indonesians are adherents of Islam, and 9% are adherents of Christianity. The rest practice either Animism, Buddhism, or Confucianism.

(Answer supplied by Matt, thank you)