Indonesian Culture

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  • Dogs are considered unclean in Indonesia and are not usually well liked or kept as pets.
  • Indonesians can perceive Westerners as being too aggressive, driven by money and taking themselves too seriously. The mainstream tourism on some Indonesian islands has developed a stereotype of Australians in particular as ‘party animals’ who are heavy drinkers and inconsiderate of local customs or traditions. It is important to respect customs of modesty and courtesy to avoid being perceived in the same way.
  • Indonesians can be reluctant to admit that they do not know answers to questions, which can cause misunderstandings. For example, an Indonesian may give incorrect directions instead of admitting that they do not know the route to the place you need to go.
  • Indonesian men sometimes grow a few of their nails very long as a way of indicating that they are a non-manual labourer or are above the working class.
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Indonesia
  • Population
    258,316,051
    [July 2016 est.]
  • Languages
    Bahasa Indonesia (official)
    English
    Dutch
    Javanese
    Other local dialects (over 700 languages spoken in total)
  • Religions
    Islam (87.2%)
    Protestant Christianity (6.9%)
    Catholic Christianity (2.9%)
    Hinduism (1.7%)
    Other (0.9%)
    [2010 est.]
  • Ethnicities
    Javanese (40.1%)
    Sudanese (15.1%)
    Malay (3.7%)
    Batak (3.6%)
    Betawi (2.9%)
    Other (30.1%)
    [2010 est.]
  • Cultural Dimensions
    Power Distance 78
    Individualism 14
    Masculinity 46
    Uncertainty Avoidance 48
    Long Term Orientation 62
    Indulgence 38
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  • Australians with Indonesian Ancestry
    65,886 [2016 census]
Indonesians in Australia
  • Population
    73,213
    [2016 census]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Indonesia.
  • Average Age
    34
  • Gender
    Male (44.4%)
    Female (55.6%)
  • Religion
    Catholic Christianity (26.6%)
    Islam (19.4%)
    Buddhism (10.3%)
    No Religion (6.8%)
    Other (36.9%)
  • Ancestry
    Indonesian (44%)
    Chinese (39.3%)
    Dutch (5.4%)
    Other (9.1%)
  • Language Spoken at Home
    Indonesian (70.2%)
    English (16.3%)
    Mandarin (5.1%)
    Dutch (2.3%)
    Other (6%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 52.9% speak English fluently.
  • Diaspora
    New South Wales (42.5%)
    Victoria (24.4%)
    Western Australia (16.1%)
    Queensland (10.4%)
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2001 (48.7%)
    2001-2006 (21%)
    2007-2011 (26.1%)
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