Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world, located between mainland Southeast Asia and Australia.
The country consists of 17,508 islands (source: CIA World Factbook), of which approximately 6,000 are inhabited, and is divided into 34 provinces.
The five principal islands are Java, Kalimantan, Sumatra, Papua and Sulawesi, which together account for nearly 92% of the land area.
Bahasa Indonesia, a variation of Malay, is the official language and means ‘language of Indonesia’. English is widely used, especially for business purposes, but knowing a few keywords of the local language will be beneficial.