Over 17,000 islands in South Asia make up the archipelago that is Indonesia. With over 238 million people living in Indonesia, it ranks as as the fourth most highly-populated country worldwide. Jakarta is its capital state and the country is a republic government.
While Indonesia is known to be a country that struggles with severe poverty, it is one that is rich in culture, natural resources and a high level of biodiversity. Many various animal species and tropical plant life make their home in Indonesia. Forest lands cover around 60% of the country, so there is plenty of room for the abundant flora and fauna. Even the waters along the coast are filled with fascinating creatures and organisms. Indonesia has everything its needs to be a proper tropical paradise.
One area that has become a concern for the people of this country is the negative impact the continued industrial development has had on the environment. Unfortunately, with people starving and dwelling in poverty, the environmental concerns must take a back seat to carrying for the people. still, with it's poverty and with the need for conservation efforts becoming more alarming, the country is still one that is rich in culture, history and resources.
Indonesia boasts of having over 300 ethnic groups throughout the islands. Diversity is something that many of these groups celebrate and enjoy. Cultural influences have spilled over from other asian countries, as well as from European neighbors. The natives are quite fond of sporting events. They are particularly involved in badminton, football and bull racing.
When it comes to Indonesian cuisine, they have a very basic staple diet consisting mostly of rice, fish, chicken, coconut milk and vegetables. The Indonesian people eat small meals, compared to people of other countries, and they are very healthy in terms of the food they eat.
Indonesia sees many visitors and tourists from around the world each year. The diversity, rich culture, fascinating architecture a general hospitality welcomes guests to the country. It truly is a different world and one that is well worth exploring and getting to know better.