1Indonesia Fun Fact #1.
Indonesia is huge. Composed of 17,508 islands covering approximately 1,919,440 square kilometers, it takes over 12 hours of flying time to get from one end of the country (say, Northern Sumatra) to the other end (West Papua Guinea).
Thanks to its geographical span, the country covers three time zones.
Indonesia Fun Fact #2.
Of its 17,508 islands, only around 6,000 are inhabited by people.
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Indonesia Fun Fact #3.
“Indonesia” was first used by the British in the mid-19th century. The word comes from the Greek word nesos, which means ‘island’, and the Latin name Indus which means land beyond the Indus river.
Dutch colonists preferred to call Indonesia the Dutch East Indies or the Malayan Archipelago and so the name was adopted by the anti-colonial movement in the early 20th century.
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