30 Facts About Indonesia – Kitesurf Asia
You might plan a kitesurf trip around Asia, and for this first time in Indonesia. You may wonder about this giant archipelago! Indonesia is an incredible country, yet most people don’t seem to know that much about it.
What’s good with kitesurf in Asia, it that it works all round the year in different countries, and Indonesia has spots working either during monsoon, or dry season, or both.
We prepare for you a fast-track teaching to better know Indonesia with 30 interesting facts. So you can upgrade your knowledge when packing your kitesurf gear for Asia.
If you wish to improve even more your knowledge about Indonesia, you can still learn the basic language for kite travellers.
1- The name Indonesia comes from the Latin word Indus and the Greek word nesos meaning ‘Indian island’. Indunesian became later Indonesian later on …
2- Indonesia and Monaco share the same flag, but Indonesia’s is slightly wider. Poland have the same flag with inverted colors.
3- It was part of the most famous real estate deal in history. Netherlands traded the rights of a little island called New Amsterdam for the even smaller island of Run in the Banda Sea with the British. New Amsterdam’s name was changed to New York …
4- Its enormous amount of land is actually made up of over 17,000 islands.
5- It takes over 12 hours to fly from North Sumatra in the East to West Papua
6- It has the second longest coastline in the world (over 54,000 km), after Canada.
7- It is the 4th largest country in the world with a population of around 260 million.
8- It is very young country with 165 million people under the age of 30, whereas only 8% of the population is aged over 60 years.
9- Barack Obama, the U.S. President, spent part of his childhood in Indonesia
10- After first launching ‘Palapa’ in July 1976, Indonesia became the first developing country to operate their own domestic satellite system.
11- Indonesia, under the name Dutch East Indies, was first Asian team to participate to in the FIFA World Cup. They qualified in 1938, but lost 6-0 against Hungary in Reims, France.
12- The composer of Singaporean National Anthem was Zubir Said, originally from the highlands of Minangkabau (West-Sumatra)
13- According to the 2004 Global Corruption Report, former Indonesian President Suharto was the most corrupt leader worldwide of all time, embezzling up to 35 billion USD.
14- Indonesia was once home to ‘Dolly’, the largest red-light district in Southeast Asia, housing up to 2,000 sex workers in one centralized location. It was shut down in June 2014.
15- It’s been inhabited for at least a million years. Some of the world’s oldest fossilized remains have been found on the island of Java. The Sangiran Early Man Site is dated somewhere between 700,000 and 1 million years old.
16- It is Extremely Culturally Diverse with 300 ethnic groups
17- Its People Speak Over 700 Languages
18- It has 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
19- It gathers 75% of the world’s species of coral
20- It is home to 127 active volcanoes attracting millions of tourists
21- The world’s largest flower, Rafflesia Arnoldi, weighs up to 7 kg and grows on the island of Sumatra. Its petals grow to 0.5 meters long and 2.5 cm thick.
22- Jakarta’s Gelora Bung Karno Stadium is one of the largest stadiums in the world. When it was completed in 1962 to host the Asian Games it’s original capacity 120,800 people, which would have made it second largest today.
23- The Komodo dragon (in Flores) is the largest lizard in the world, growing up to 3 meters length.
24- The Grasberg mine, located near Puncak Jaya, is the largest gold mine and the second largest copper mine in the world.
25- Lake Toba is the largest volcanic lake in the world. The lake’s super volcanic eruption that occurred 70,000 years ago was the largest known explosive eruption on Earth in the last 25 million years. According to the Toba catastrophe theory, it killed most humans living at that time.
26- Known as the “devils tongue”, the most odorous flower on Earth, Amorphophallus titanum, is found in the rainforest of Central Sumatra, and can grow to an average height of two meters. When it blooms, it releases a foul odour comparable to rotten meat, which can be smelled from half a mile away.
27- The highest number of deaths as a result of natural disaster was the December 2004 Tsunami which predominantly affected Aceh, Indonesia. The total death toll was estimated at 230,000 people.
28- The 1883 eruption of Krakatau was one the deadliest and most destructive volcanic events in recorded history, with 36,417 deaths being attributed to the eruption itself and the tsunami it created. Significant additional effect were also felt around the world.
29- There are three lakes at the top of an Indonesian volcano—Kelimutu—that change colors from turquoise to green, red and black.
30- Indonesian cuisine has been influenced by Indian, Chinese, European and Middle Eastern cuisines.