Interesting Facts About Indonesia

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Do you want to do some fun trivia games relating to Indonesia?

May it be a “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” style or some other games for your company’s game night or your class’ activities? Or do you simply want to know interesting facts about Indonesia?

Knowing these fun (some quirky and some mind-blowing) facts about Indonesia will sure make great conversation topics too, perfect for breaking the ice at your next party or Indonesian class.

Here they are, and please share what among these do you find most interesting!

  1. Indonesia is the 4th most populated country in the world, after China, India and United States. Based on United Nations estimate, as of July 2019, Indonesia’s population is close to 270 million people, which is equivalent to 3.5% or the world’s population.
  2. Only God knows the exact number of the islands in Indonesia, but we can tell you that there are definitely more than 17,000 islands, with only 35% of it are inhabited. There are 5 major islands which are Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan, Sulawesi and Papua. And no, Bali is not one of them.
  3. It is home to the largest Muslim population, which contributes to 87% of the overall country’s population. Thus, the biggest holiday celebration of Indonesia is Eid Al-Fitr, a Muslim festival of breaking one month of fasting).
  4. Never miss to try one of the famous instant noodles in the world from Indonesia. It’s called Indomie! And go for the original fried noodle (Mi Goreng) if you are overwhelmed with the flavor options. Even if you’re not in Indonesia, don’t worry, you can still get them at various countries, such as United States, Australia, China etc. Indomie has been the best-selling instant noodle brand in New Zealand and Nigeria.
  5. Komodo Dragon is the world’s largest lizard species, and it can only be found in few islands in Indonesia (islands of Komodo, Rinca, Flores and Gili Motang). It is also listed as an endangered species.
  6. Indonesia is also home to the wild orangutans. You can visit them in many national parks in Borneo (Kalimantan) island. In addition, the rarest and the most endangered great ape in the world, Tapanuli orangutan, can be found in Sumatra island.
  7. With over 700 living languages spoken in Indonesia, it shows the great ethnic diversities in the country. Thankfully, we have one official language that brings everyone together as a family, or else it’s like talking to another species from different planets.
  8. Bali Bali Bali. I am sure you have heard of this name at least three times now in your life. It is one of the most popular travel destinations in Asia, or even worldwide. If you want to relax, stay at the villa and enjoy the nature, you got it. If you’re looking for beach party drinking lots of local beer and eat good food, you got it too!
  9. As common as how fried rice sounds to your ear, you have to try the Indonesian fried rice since it’s one of the many signature foods.
  10. Even though Muslim is the largest population, there are actually 6 acknowledged religions by law – Muslim, Protestant, Catholic, Buddhism, Hinduism and Confucianism. Each citizen is required to state his or her religion on the identity card.
  11. The most popular sport in Indonesia is badminton. 
  12. Indonesian flag was officially adopted in 17 August 1945, claiming its independence from the Netherlands. Didn’t anyone think to at least cross-check whether the flag design has been used by other country? Because it is identical to Monaco’s flag. The only difference of the former and latter flag is the dimension ratio, which are 2:3 and 4:5 respectively.
  13. Indonesia is the largest palm oil producer in the world. 
  14. Being the largest lake in Indonesia, Lake Toba is also the largest volcanic lake in the world. It was formed by a massive volcanic explosion that happened 70,000 years ago, which causes the water to be warmer than the usual open water. Its size is bigger than Singapore. Truly speaking, many things are bigger than Singapore. 
  15. Indonesia is one of the world’s richest biodiversity countries. It has the second largest mammal species after Brazil.
  16. Ever try a traditional French cuisine called cuisses de grenouilles? It is most likely sourced from Indonesia, as the country exports about 3,000 tonnes of frog legs to France every year.
  17. Kopi luwak. It is a type of coffee bean which frighten many people once they discover the making process (and we are still going to tell you anyway). The coffee cherries are fed to the palm civet cat. The coffee beans are not digested and a unique fermentation develops which adds a special flavor during the digestion process. The coffee beans are then extracted from the feces of the palm civet cat, cleaned, dried and ready to be served.
  18. Famous for batik, which is a cloth dyeing technique. It is a great souvenir to give to friends and families. Nowadays, many professional workers wear batik on Fridays to office.
  19. The largest and smelliest flower in the world can be found in Indonesia. It is called Rafflesia arnoldii, also known as the corpse flower because it releases rotten-meat odor. The flower can grow up to 1 meter and can weigh up to 7 kg. The time it takes to bloom is 9 months (yes, the same time length as pregnancy!), but unlike babies, the blooming only lasts for 1 week.
  20. The capital city, Jakarta, is acknowledged to be one of the most Instagrammable cities. Get your outfit and camera ready! And someone behind the camera too.
  21. It has 76 volcanoes, which makes Indonesia one of the top countries with most volcanoes.
  22. Created in the 1850s, the name Indonesia derives a combination of Greek words – indos (meaning Indian) and nesos (meaning island).
  23. The smallest tiger subspecies can only be found in Indonesia. Sumatran tiger is categorized endangered due to deforestation and poaching.
  24. Javan rhino is the rarest rhino species which is considered critically endangered and can only be found in Indonesia now. Javan rhino officially extinct in 2010 in Vietnam.
  25. To be legally married in Indonesia, both parties must have the same religion. If both parties come from different religions, one party is required to convert. 
  26. Used to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Borobudur temple is still the largest Buddhist temple on earth. This temple was built with stone blocks without any adhesive at all!
  27. One of the biggest contributors to Indonesia’s economy is tourism. There are many new tourist spots that are heavily advertised both to the locals and foreigners.  “Wonderful Indonesia” is the official slogan that has been used since 2011 to promote tourism.
  28. Indonesia is the wealthiest Southeast Asian Nation by GDP. Worldwide, it is #16 on the ranking.

Are you thinking to play a true and false trivia game relating to Indonesia? These 100 True and False card set is the perfect choice. Save your time to prepare hosting this fun game in your class or in your company event! Cheatsheet is included. Click here for the link to the product.

Interesting facts about Indonesia task card
True or False task cards interesting facts about Indonesia

When printed, laminated and cut out, these cards can be used over and over! You may also print these task cards on cardstocks. There are 4 task cards per one A4 page.

How fun!

Do you want to have more than 100 interesting facts about Indonesia? We prepare 10 more on this video:

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