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Indonesia is the world's largest archipelago with over 17,000 islands spreading more than 3,000 miles from East to West. It is the fourth most populous country with more than 210 million people and has the largest Muslim population. However, it is not an Islamic state. Over 580 languages and dialects are spoken.


The name Indonesia was derived from "indos nesos", meaning islands near India, The country is in fact the largest archipelago in the world with a thousand islands, 17,508 to be precise, spread in an area between the Asian continent and Australia, and between the Pacific and the Indian oceans. The islands are inhabited by many tribes with diverse culture and languages, although there is a national language spoken throughout the country, namely Bahasa Indonesia. It is thus appropriate, that the country's motto is Bhinneka Tunggal Ika, which means: Unity in Diversity. Their state philosophy is Pancasila, or the Five Principles.

Source: World Fact Book

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