THE EMERALD OF EQUATOR
Mountains of islands scattered along the great circle of the Globe, separating the Indian Ocean from the Pacific. They could not be more different from each other. Thousands of various ethnic and linguistic groups, cultures and religions inhabit the isles, yet there are some features which they all have in common, no exception – lush vegetation, abundant wildlife, tropical climate and ancient tribes. This is Indonesia, “The Emerald of Equator”.
Indonesian archipelago is a natural spectacle. Smoking, conical volcanoes are towering over the dense jungles, providing shelter for rare, marvellous creatures, and from the other side, the turquoise seas edged with both fine white and ash-black sands. Dramatic sights are the norm and adventure awaits around every corner. Rich diversity, exotic fauna and flora, impressive religious monuments, beguiling tribal heritage and Dutch colonial legacy make Indonesia be one of the most astonishing countries on Earth.
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REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA
Political system: Unitary Presidential Constitutional Republic
Land area: 1.905 million km²
Religion: Islam, Catholicism, Protestantism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Confucianism
Currency: Indonesian Rupiah (IDR)
Official language: Indonesian
Drives on: Left side
Plug type: C,F,G
Arak: traditional Balinese liquor, derived from the palm tree
Bintang: the national beer
Bajigur: non-alcoholic coconut milk and palm-sugar drink
Bandrek: non-alcoholic hot drink made out of ginger, brown sugar and cinnamon
Sekoteng: non-alcoholic hot drink with a ginger base, chunks of bread, mung beans, peanuts mixed together
Cendol: non-alcoholic drink made of rice flour, liquid palm sugar and coconut milk, served with grated ice
Nasi Goreng: fried rice with mix vegetables, fish, meat and eggs
Nasi Ayam: fried rice with chicken and vegetables
Babi Guling: the famous Balinese roast pig
Bebek: barbecued duck
Sate Madura: skewered grilled meat cooked with peanut sauce