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Indonesia

Indonesia

Indonesia

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Capital
The capital of Indonesia is Jakarta.

Size
In area, Indonesia is the 16th largest country in the world. It is estimated to be the fourth largest in population, after China, India, and the United States. Source: CIA Factbook

Main Languages
Bahasa Indonesia, English, Dutch

Time
At 6 a.m. U.S. Central Standard Time, it is 6 p.m. in Jakarta.

Interesting Fact
Anyone in Indonesia who tries to lead a child to change their religion through “tricks” or “lies” can go to prison for five years. Three Sunday school teachers were jailed for two years when they allowed Muslim students to attend their Sunday school classes, even though the students had their parents’ permission to attend.

History
Traders from India brought Hinduism and Buddhism with them to Indonesia about 2,000 years ago. Marco Polo visited Indonesia in the 1200s. Christopher Columbus hoped to find a shorter route to Asia and Indonesia’s “Spice Islands,” where traders came to buy spices. Muslims started coming to Indonesia around 700 A.D. By 1600, nine out of 10 Indonesians were Muslims. The Dutch people of the Netherlands controlled most of Indonesia for 250 years. Indonesia became an independent country in 1945.

Religion
Most of the people in Indonesia are Muslims.

Persecution
Indonesia’s constitution says the country has freedom of religion, but Muslims often receive better treatment than non-Muslims. In recent years, radical Muslims have attacked Christians and their churches. Muslims who leave their religion to follow Christ suffer persecution from relatives, former friends, and Muslim mobs.


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