Republic of Indonesia, located in southeast Asia, the equator runs through the whole territory, over 5,300 km from east to west and 2,100 km from north to south, positioned between the Asian and Australian continents with 240 million people, 129 volcanoes and more than 17,508 islands, is the world's largest archipelago state, known as "country of thousand islands." People would also call it the “Emerald on the Equator” because all years around here are summer and green everywhere. The 300 ethnic groups that exist harmoniously give birth to a potpourri of cultures and fascinating people. The major islands are Sumatera, Java, Kalimantan, Sulawesi and Papua.

Over the past years, Indonesia's economy has been an example for its macroeconomic and fiscal stability. It's annual GDP growth of 6% has been buoyed by banking sector improvements and increased domestic consumption. It is currently the third fastest growing economy after China and India amongst the G20 countries. In 2011 Fitch Rating raised the rating of Indonesia's currency and long-term debt to investment grade. This was followed by a similar rating rise by Moody's in January 2012. Standard Chartered estimates that by 2020 Indonesia will be amongst the top 10 largest economies in the world and the top 6 by 2030.

With respect to the pharmaceutical industry, Indonesia is also among the fastest growing, with an annual revenue growth rate of 10-15% industry-wide. Indonesia is relatively unique in that almost 50% of its pharmaceutical sales is from the OTC market. This may be due to the wide acceptance of herbal and folk remedies, especially for normal ailments. Within the ethical market, tremendous opportunities still exist in the hospital and niche markets such as blood products and biosimilars, as specialized players in these categories are still limited.



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Sumatra
Lake Toba is Southeast Asia’s largest lake surrounded by amazing landscapes composed of cliffs, hills and waterfalls. Batak people live in wooden houses richly painted and shaped like boats. Bukittinggi and the Minangkabau Highlands are home to one of the most intriguing Indonesian ethnics in West Sumatra. In lush landscapes, visitors can admire finely sculpted wooden houses crowned by buffalo-shaped roofs, some of them over 300 years old. Minangkabau people is a devoted Muslim society, where women play however a pivotal role in daily life.

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Java
  1. Jakarta’s old town is one of the best preserved in Indonesia around Fatahillah Square, where the first house of the Dutch governor has been converted into the Jakarta History Museum. On the west side of the square, the Wayang Museum displays a fine collection of puppets from Indonesia and the rest of the world. Do not miss in Jakarta the National Museum for its outstanding art collections, Jalan Surabaya for its antique dealers shops, the great view from the top of the National Monument (Monas) and Taman Mini Indonesia, a theme park presenting all the various Indonesian islands.
  2. Bandung, the capital city of West Java is either dubbed the “Parijs van Java” or an Asian “Miami Beach” because of its impressive collection of Art Deco buildings. Promised to be the new capital city of Dutch-ruled Indonesia, Bandung has striking examples of western inspired architecture. Not to be missed, the Asia-Africa Street with its fine 1930s-style hotels and the building which hosted the famous summit in 1955 as well as the “Gedung Sate”, an imposing structure in pure Art Deco style. Do not miss the view on Bandung from the top of the tower
  3. Yogyakarta is considered as the cultural cradle of Java. The city still has within its premises the Royal Palace(Keraton), an old town with small traditional Javanese houses which host numerous batik workshops as well as the magnificent Taman Sari (Water Castle) complex, a century old royal spa. It also has easy access to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Borobudur, Prambanan and RatuBoko. There is magnificent natural beauty nearby as well in the mountains and sea.

The ancient city of Yogyakarta has been able to preserve centuries-old traditions under the rule of its Sultan. Today, it increasingly becomes a primary tourist destination with a sophisticated offer as well as a gateway to Central and East Java.

 

Yogyakarta is a “must” for any visitors to Indonesia and especially to Java. This city - with almost a million inhabitants- is located in the centre of Java island, half-way between Jakarta and Bandung in the west and Surabaya in the east. Considered by all Indonesians as one of their most historical cities, Yogyakarta is indeed the cradle of the Javanese culture. The town still today bears the testimony of the refined art and handicraft skills of Javanese people. Batik workshops, puppeteers, interpreters of Javanese classical dances, wood carvers, the people of Yogyakarta continue to maintain centuries-old traditions alive.

 

Yogyakarta’s symbol of its everlasting traditions is certainly the magnificent Keraton, the Sultan’s palace in the heart of the city. the. In contrary to other Indonesian Sultans, who mostly play an honorific role today, HamengkuBuwono X, ruling Sultan of Yogyakarta is still a well-known figure of Indonesia’s political life. The Sultan presides in fact over the destiny of Yogyakarta as the elected Governor of the Province. As such, he has large powers to implement economic, social and tourism reforms in his city. His residence, the Royal Keraton, belongs to the favourite attractions among visitors, who can learn more about the life and customs of Yogyakarta. Classical dance shows are regularly performed within the Keraton compound.

 

Yogyakarta has many other wonderful sites to discover: the bird market, old Javanese mansions, batik factories and the Water Palace (Taman Sari), a unique architectural “spa” ensemble from the XVIII° century and part of the UNESCO World Heritage List.

 

Yogyakarta is also the gateway to two of the most magnificent temple complexes of Southeast Asia :Borobodur and Prambanan -both on the UNESCO World Heritage List- tell about a time where Hinduism and Buddhism were dominant in the Javanese kingdoms. Even today, the unique blend of Hindu, Buddhist and Islam religions continues to impregnate Yogyakarta’s way of life. For the visitors, the Yogyakarta Tourism Development Board proposes special meditations tours during the sunrise at Borobodur temple or spectacular Ramayana performances in front of Prambanan temple.

 

  1. Borobudur and Prambanan, the two magnificent temples are both listed on Unesco’s World Heritage List. Borobudur, built between 778 and 856 is the world’s largest Buddhist monument and is surrounded by volcanoes. It is worth a visit at any time but particularly at sunrise. Prambanan dates from 856 and is Southeast Asia’s largest Hinduism temple with outstanding bas-reliefs. Ramayana performances are hosted for visitors at dawn.
  2. Mount Bromo. Two hours away from Malang in East Java stands the majestic Bromomountain surrounded by paddy fields and fruit plantations in East Java. Visitors will enjoy a magical sunrise at the volcano with its various shades of colours. Accessing the crater is possible with small mountain horses. Nearby, Malang is a delightful Art Deco city with old bakeries and an interesting birds market.

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Bali
Ubud. This village is known as a retreat for artists since the 30’s and is now a famed resort destination. Old houses and palaces, temples stand next to discreet boutique hotels, all bearing a distinctive Balinese style and surrounding by paddy fields. Tanah Lot. Bali most famous Hindu temple is a delicate structure built on a top of a large rock facing the sea. At high tide, the temple is surrounded by the sea but at other times, visitors have an access to this sacred site. It is best to view in the sunset.

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East Indonesia
  • The Mount Kelimutu is located a few hours from Ende, Flores island main city. It is the most visited natural wonder in the island as the mountain is topped by three crater lakes, separated by thin ridges and showing each a different colour. The largest lake is turquoise, the next one olive green and the third black. The colours vary over the time.
  •  The Toraja Highland in South Sulawesi (Celebes) has some of Indonesia’s most spectacular landscapes. Elaborated houses with long roofs form typical villages nestled in valleys and surrounded by paddy fields. Strange tombs with sculpted wooden effigies representing deceased people can be observed.
  • Bunaken National Park in North Sulawesi (Celebes) is one of the most spectacular snorkelling and diving area in the world with large coral reef populated by a rich maritime life.

Indonesian is a country in Southeast Asia, which is crossed by the equator and located between Asia and Australia as well as between the Pacific and India Ocean. Indonesia is the world's largest archipelagic nation consisting of 13.487 islands, therefore they are called alsoas Nusantara. Jakarta is the capital country of Indonesia. Indonesia borders Malaysia on the Island of Kalimantan, and Papua Nugini on the Papua Island and Timor Leste on the Timor Island. Other Neighbouring countries with indonesia is Singapore, The Philippines, Australia, and the union territory of Andaman, and Nicobar on the India.