With so many diverse groups and unique islands spread all over the Equator, there are plenty of interesting facts about Indonesia; some may surprise you.
1. Indonesia is the largest nation in Southeast Asia (by size) and the fourth most populous country on earth. It's a geological wonderland. Take the Equator, add hundreds of volcanoes at the meeting point of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, and well, you end up with one very interesting and exotic destination.
2. The Portuguese arrived in Indonesia in the early 16th century, mainly for spices. Due to huge demand for spices in Europe at the time, profits could be made selling them. Hence, the Portuguese seized the Moluccas, the chief spice-producing region.
3. Jakarta’s Gelora Bung Karno Stadium is one of the largest stadium in the world. When it was completed in 1962 to host the Asian Games it’s original capacity was 120,800 people, which would have made it the second largest today.
4. More than 50% of the country is covered by forests.
5. Have you ever heard of Komodo dragons? This amazing animal, which can be seen in Indonesia, can eat humans. Do not worry; they are protected, as they can be seen only in the country’s national parks of Komodo Island. The dragon is named after the island. Take note that it is the world’s largest lizard.
6. Three of the world’s ten largest islands are located in Indonesia.
7. Approximately half of Indonesians live on less than $2 per day.
8. Ever eaten frog legs in France? It’s likely they came from Indonesia, which exports 3,000 tons each year.
9. There is a volcano in Indonesia that spews blue flames.
10. The world’s largest flower, Rafflesia Arnoldi, weighs up to 7 kg (15 pounds) and only grows on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia. Its petals grow to 0.5 meters (1.6 feet) long and 2.5 cm (1 inch) thick.