Quick Answer: Where did Indonesia come from?

Although Indonesia did not become the country’s official name until the time of independence, the name was used as early as 1884 by a German geographer; it is thought to derive from the Greek indos, meaning “India,” and nesos, meaning “island.” After a period of occupation by the Japanese (1942–45) during World War II, …

What race is Indonesia?

Background

Ethnic groups Population (million) Main Regions
Sundanese 31.765 West Java, Banten, Lampung
Malay 8.789 Sumatra eastern coast, West Kalimantan
Madurese 6.807 Madura island, East Java
Batak 6.188 North Sumatra

What was Indonesia called before colonization?

Before Indonesia

The Indians chose Dwipantara, or the Islands of Beyond, while the Arabs settled on Jaza’ir al-Jawi, or the Java Islands. All these names established the region as a massive, faraway archipelago.

Are Indonesian Chinese?

Most Chinese Indonesians are from Han ethnicity. Chinese people have lived in the Indonesian archipelago since at least the 13th century. Many came initially as sojourners (temporary residents), intending to return home in their old age. Some, however, stayed in the region as economic migrants.

What percentage of Indonesia is Chinese?

2010

Ethnic group Population (million) Percentage
Balinese 3.028 1.51
Chinese Indonesian 2.832 1.20
Sasak 2.611 1.17
Makassarese 1.982 0.99

Is Indonesia a Hindu country?

Hinduism in Indonesia, as of the 2018 census, is practised by about 1.74% of the total population, and almost 87% of the population in Bali. Hinduism is one of the six official religions of Indonesia.

Official Census (2018)

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Province (2018 Cen.) Indonesia
Total 266,534,836
Hindus 4,646,357
% Hindu 1.74%
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