With the region's largest population and largest economy, Indonesia is the giant of Southeast Asia and one of the world's most populous democracy. Representing about 40% of the economy and the population of ASEAN, Indonesia is the region's only member of the G20. Its size and remarkable economic growth also attracts many investors.
- Official country name: Republic of Indonesia
- Capital: Jakarta
- Total Area: 1,904,569 km²
- Government: Unitary presidential constitutional republic
- Currency: Rupiah, Rp – IDR
- Drives on the: left
- Calling Code: +62
- Internet TLD: .id
- Population: 263,510,000 (2017 Estimate)
- Population Density: 124.66/km²
- Official Languages: Indonesian
- HDI: 0.689 (medium)
- Main ethnic Groups: (2010 census)
- Javanese 40.22%
- Sundanese 15.5%
- Batak 3.58%
- Other Sulawesi ethnic groups 3.22%
- Madurese 3.03%
- Betawi 2.88%
- Minangkabau 2.73%
- Buginese 2.69%
- Malay 2.27%
- Other South Sumatran ethnic groups 2.16%
- Bantenese 1.97%
The Indonesian business environment
With its population of more than 260 million and growing middle-class and a nominal GDP of about 1 trillion USD, Indonesia now attracts all eyes of investors interested in grabbing a share of its massive and rapidly growing market. In transition towards a modern, industrial and service economy, Indonesia is growing away from its dependence on exports of raw materials.
Though submitted to political changes inherent to its democracy, Indonesia shows a strong economic resilience. Its government aims at ambitious growth plans and tackling the challenges of connecting a country made up of more than 17,000 islands. With policies aiming at the development of new infrastructures, the Indonesian government targets long-term, sustainable growth and attractiveness through a business-friendly taxes that helps both small and large companies.
Key economic data of Indonesia
- GDP (PPP): USD 3.027 Trillion (2016 Estimate)
- GDP per Capita (PPP): USD 11,699
- GDP (Nominal): USD 940.953 Billion (2016 Estimate)
- GDP per Capita (Nominal): USD 3,635
- GDP Growth: 5.0% (2016)
- GDP by sector: (2014 Estimate)
- agriculture: 13.7%
- industry: 42.9%
- services: 43.3%
- Labor force: 123.7 million (2016 Estimate)
- Labor force by occupation: (2012 Estimate)
- agriculture: 38.9%
- industry: 22.2%
- services: 47.9%
- Unemployment: 6.3% (2016)
- Inflation: 3.02% (October 2016)
Key sectors of Indonesia
With its large land area and tropical climate, Indonesia is rich in natural resources such as oil and minerals, timber and raw of semi-transformed agricultural products.
However, to limit the country's dependence on commodities, increase the value added to the economy and develop the country that is still one of the least developed in Southeast Asia, the authorities are aiming at growing the economy away from the export of natural resources.
Indonesia's large workforce make the country and ideal hub for industrial production. The country's large cities are transforming into specialized industrial and service hubs to help the modernization of its economy, notably through the industries of machinery, electronics, automotive and auto-parts.
With its size, diversity and rich cultural heritage, Indonesia is also aiming at boosting its tourism and hospitality sector. Upon these strengths which notably include several UNESCO world heritage sites, the authorities rightfully promote tourism in the country as "Wonderful Indonesia".
Main industries of Indonesia
- petroleum and natural gas
- chemical fertilizers
Indonesia's large population is also one of the most active on social media in the region. This very large and active digital community, and the growing penetration of mobile devices help the revolution of several underdeveloped industries like financial services through new FinTech startups.
Indonesia for professionals and work
Indonesia provides a very diverse environment for foreigners willing to work in the country, depending on their situation: large cities like Jakarta, touristic destinations like Bali, or remote islands and countrysides.
Salaries are lower than in other countries of the region, since the country is one of the least developed, but there are large differences between certain regions attracting foreigners such as Jakarta, Bali or Batam islands and the rest of the country.
Indonesia trade data
Though it is diversifying with industrial exports, Indonesia's trade is still heavily reliant upon raw materials and semi-transformed products.
Exports: USD 144.4 Billion (2016)
- oil and gas
- electrical appliances
Main Export Partners: (2014 Estimate)
- Japan 13.1%
- China 10%
- Singapore 9.5%
- United States 9.4%
- India 7%
- South Korea 6%
- Hong Kong 5.8%
- Malaysia 5.5%
Imports: USD 135.6 Billion (2016)
- machinery and equipment
Main Import Partners: (2014 Estimate)
- China 17.2%
- Singapore 14.1%
- Japan 9.6%
- South Korea 6.7%
- Malaysia 6.1%
- Thailand 5.5%
- United States 4.6%
Popular resources for Indonesia
- Top 10 e-commerce sites in Indonesia 2019
- Top 45 companies from Indonesia’s LQ45
- Top 50 Blogs from Indonesia 2018
- 12 free maps of ASEAN countries
- Indonesia Salary Guide 2018 [report]
- Insights and trends of e-commerce in Indonesia [market analysis]
- Internet and digital landscape in Indonesia
- Indonesia’s economy overview [reports]
- Indonesia’s automotive parts industry overview
- Promoting tourism in wonderful Indonesia [videos]
- The 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Indonesia [photos]
- Mobile app market in Indonesia [market analysis]
- 6 free maps of Indonesia
- Indonesia: 5 infographics on population, wealth, economy
- 4 infographics on tourism in Indonesia
- Top trends of the Indonesian economy and society
- Overview of India-Indonesia relations
- Insights on news consumption in Indonesia [market analysis]
- FinTech startups in Indonesia [list]
- Indonesian youth habits and entertainment
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