Indonesia, The Exotic Land

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Indonesia, with more than 17,000 luxuriant tropical islands,is the biggest archipelago country in the world. It is an archipelago that lies across the Equator and spans a distance equivalent to one – eighth of the Earth’s circumference. The chain of islands extends, 5,100 kilometers from the West to the East and 2,000 kilometers from the North to the South. Situated south-east of the Asian mainland and north and northwest of Australia, this string of emeralds is cast between the Indian and Pacific oceans. This equatorial country represents a unique combination of geographical features and geo – economic position. Indonesia is encompassed by a major juncture of the Earth’s tectonic plates and encircled by “the ring of fire” of the world. These factors have created a highly diverse environment that is rich in natural resources (oil, iron, gold, tin, nickel) as well as in terms of both terrestrial and marine biodiversity.

Thanks to its unique geographical position, Indonesia has always become the meeting point for the peoples and cultures of mainland Asia and Oceania. Indonesia is central among ancient trading routes between the Far East and the Middle East, resulting in many cultural practices being strongly influenced by a multitude of religions. As such Indonesian culture has been shaped by a very long interaction between original indigenous customs and multiple influences from all corners of the world. The result is a complex cultural mixture which is very different from the original. Indonesian art-forms express this cultural mix. The creativity and innovativeness of Indonesian people have created Borobudur, one of the masterpieces produced by Indonesian exotic cultural mix.