The capital of Indonesia is Jakarta.
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
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At 6 a.m. U.S. Central Standard Time, it is 6 p.m. in Jakarta.
The law allows a Muslim man to have up to four wives if he is able to take care of them equally. By law, he must get a court’s permission and the permission of his first wife to take more wives.
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.
Most of the people in Indonesia are Muslims.
Indonesia’s constitution says the country has freedom of religion, but Muslims often receive better treatment than non-Muslims. Local officials sometimes close Christian churches. Muslims who leave their religion to follow Christ suffer persecution from relatives, former friends, and Muslim mobs.