|Indonesia, with over 18,000 counted
islands, is by far the largest and most varied archipelago on Earth. It
spans almost 2 million square kilometres between Asia and Australia.
on the Equator, across a region of immense volcanic activity, Indonesia
has some 400 volcanoes within its borders, with at least 90 still active in
Many of the
islands here are still uninhabited, with the larger islands of Java,
Kalimantan (Borneo), Irian Jaya (Papua), Sumatra and Sulawesi home to most
of the population base.
Once dominated by the military, recent democratic reforms included two highly
successful national elections to Parliament, and the direct election of the
Some citizens in the outer-reaches of the country still demand more freedom, and that struggle continues today within the democratic process, and not on the battlefields of the past. Note that the East Timor cry for independence was one of the positive results of reform.
This tropical country and its many islands are one of the most stunning destinations on our planet, but recent (though isolated) terrorism attacks in Bali and other areas of the country have certainly stifled some of the country's tourism.