Indonesian Culture

Other Considerations

  • 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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  • Population
    [July 2016 est.]
  • Languages
    Bahasa Indonesia (official)
    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
  • Australians with Indonesian Ancestry
    65,886 [2016 census]
Indonesians in Australia
  • Population
    [2016 census]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Indonesia.
  • Average Age
  • 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%)
Country Flag Country Indonesia