Indonesia

Jill G. 3rd Period

Indonesia-Background Summary

Indonesia is an archipelago made up of about 17,508 islands. The Dutch began populate Indonesia in the early 17th century; Japan occupied the islands from 1942 to 1945. Indonesia declared its independence shortly before Japan's surrender. The capital is Jakarta. The country shares land borders with East Timor and Malaysia. The Indonesian archipelago has been an important trade region.

Slogan of Indonesia

"Bhinneka Tunggal Ika" (Unity in Diversity")

Climate and Geography

Indonesia is an archipelago of 17,508 islands. This is great, because people can come as tourists, or people who want live in the islands. Which means many people can live there. The climate is always tropical; hot and humid. It's great for people who want to travel there, and nice to enjoy-some of the time. :)

People and Culture in Indonesia

Population, Religion, Sports, and Livelihood

This is the population, religion, sports, and livelihood on Indonesia. The population of Indonesia is 251,160,124. This is a lot of people, filling up 6,000 islands of Indonesia. Islam is the official religion of 85% of Indonesians; Christians (Protestant and Catholic) are about 10%. They are scattered throughout the archipelago. Combined Hindus and Buddhists account for about 4%, and live mainly on the islands of Bali.

Traditional sports enjoyed by Indonesians include pencak silat, a form of martial arts, and boating. Indonesians are also fond of soccer. They are also “passionate” about badminton (which rarely fails to earn them Olympic gold). A cool fact is that kite flying is so popular. In fact, kites have their own museum, which is the Kite Museum in Jakarta.

Part of livelihood is agriculture. Agricultural products involve rice, peanuts, nutmeg, cloves, palm oil, coffee, cocoa, meat and eggs. Some of Indonesia's other main industries are petroleum, natural gas, cement, rubber, textiles, clothing. Tourism is also an important industry.

10. 1670-1900

Dutch colonists bring the whole of Indonesia as the Dutch East Indies.

9. 1942

Japan invades Dutch E. Indies

8. 1949

Dutch recognize Indonesian independence.

7. 1976

Indonesia invades East Timor and incorporates it as a province.

6. 2002

Bomb attack on nightclub, more than 200 people die.

5. 2003

Car bomb outside Marriott in Jakarta kills 14 people.

4. 2004

1st ever direct presidential elections.

3. 2004

Giant waves left more than 220,000 dead

2. 2013

Netherlands ambassador apologizes for executions carried out by the Dutch army in the 1940's.

1. 2014

Mount Kelud erupts, forcing 200,000 people to evacuate.

Government and Citizenship

In Indonesia, they have the right to vote. The voting age in Indonesia is 17 but anyone who has an ID card can vote. For education, it's six years at elementary level and three in secondary level. In Indonesia there is the supreme constitutional, public, religious, administrative, and military courts. The highest court is the supreme court. There are serious human right concerns in Indonesia. Four amendments to the Constitution of Indonesia. They have new form of the executive, judicial, and legislative branches. Sukarno is Indonesia's president. He became president in 1998. The president appoints a council of ministers, who are not required to be elected members of the legislature.

Indonesia's Economy

Indonesia has a mixed economy which both the private sector and government play important roles. The country is the largest economy in Southeast Asia. Indonesian president said Indonesia will be in the top ten countries. They will be with the strongest economy within the next decade he says. Agricultural products involve rice, peanuts, nutmeg, cloves, palm oil, coffee, cocoa, meat and eggs. Some of Indonesia's other main industries are petroleum, natural gas, cement, rubber, textiles, clothing. Tourism is also an important industry. Agriculture, had been the country's largest employer for centuries. Indonesia was the country who was hit the hardest by the Asian financial crisis of 1997–98. During the crisis there were sudden and large capital outflows. Indonesia's currency is a money called rupiah.

Companies

Apple

The reason I think Apple would want to invest in Indonesia is 30 million cell phones are sold there each year. That's a LOT of cell phones, making it easy for Apple to invest in Indonesia. There are 251,160,241 people, which would make it easy for them have cell phones and tablets purchased. There are 6,000 islands inhabited, making it easy for Apple to spread their companies in Indonesia if they wanted to. Apple could be able to sell more than one product if they wanted to get more part of the 30 million cell phones sold each year.

DirectTV

I think DirectTV would want to invest in Indonesia because there is not that many networks in Indonesia. In fact there is only 10. DirectTV could work with these networks and ask them if they will do there shows on DirectTV. Since there are so many people in Indonesia, they can get DirectTV. There are different islands that DirectTV would be able to choose from to. They would be able to choose which island.

Lundberg

I think Lundberg would like to invest in Indonesia because rice is an agricultural product of Indonesia. Lundberg makes all different types of rice products. If they went to Indonesia, they could invest in the rice. They could make a lot of their products there. Lundberg could even grow their own rice in Indonesia and also get their rice from places in Indonesia.

Wakefield Peanut Company

Wakefield peanuts would like to invest in Indonesia because peanuts are on of Indonesia's agricultural products. Wakefield makes more than peanuts. It makes different types of peanuts, and peanut brittle. Wakefield could sell a lot of peanuts to people in Indonesia. There are so many different types that Wakefield could sell them all to the people in Indonesia. There are 251,160,241 people, which could make it easy for them to find people in Indonesia who want to buy their peanuts selection and brittle.

Fair Trade USA

Fair Trade would like to invest in Indonesia because cocoa is also one of Indonesia's agricultural products. If Fair Trade makes something new, they could introduce it to the people in Indonesia. Since Fair Trade makes different products, they could use their products to help show ways they make food. Also they could show the way they grow the ingredient-cocoa. It could help a lot more cocoa be in Indonesia.

Biblography:

Wikipedia on Indonesia

(Where I got my facts)

Indonesia Fast Facts

(Where I got my facts on people and culture)

CIA Factbook

(Also where I got some of my facts)