Indonesian Culture

Naming

  • Naming traditions differ depending on the region the person is from. For example, Balinese children are typically named according to the order they were born in (e.g. the eldest male is named “Wayan” and the second male child is usually “Made”).
  • It is common for Indonesians (especially the Javanese) to only have one name by which they are both formally and casually addressed.
  • The use of surnames can be uncommon. Sometimes people will invent a family name in order to mitigate issues when moving to or often visiting other countries.
  • It is common for a husband and wife to have different surnames. However, often women will adopt their husband’s surname but not to legally change it. Yet, sometimes men may take the wife’s surname.
  • Another common naming tradition is to have two or more names without adopting a family name (e.g. Joel Renaldi).
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Indonesia
  • Population
    258,316,051
    [July 2016 est.]
  • Language
    Bahasa Indonesia (official)
    English
    Dutch
    Javanese
    Other local dialects (over 700 languages spoken in total)
  • Religion
    Islam (87.2%)
    Protestant Christianity (6.9%)
    Catholic Christianity (2.9%)
    Hinduism (1.7%)
    Other (0.9%)
    [2010 est.]
  • Ethnicity
    Javanese (40.1%)
    Sudanese (15.1%)
    Malay (3.7%)
    Batak (3.6%)
    Betawi (2.9%)
    Other (30.1%)
    [2010 est.]
  • Cultural Dimensions
    78
    14
    46
    48
    62
    38
  • Australians with Indonesian Ancestry
    65,886 [Census, 2016]
Indonesians in Australia
  • Population
    73,213
    [Census, 2016]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Indonesia.
  • Median Age
    36 [Census, 2016]
  • Gender
    Male (42.9%)
    Female (57.1%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Religion
    Catholic Christianity (24.0%)
    Islam (18.9%)
    Buddhism (10.0%)
    No Religion (9.4%)
    Other Religion (33%)
    Not Stated (4.5%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Ancestry
    Indonesian (46.1%)
    Chinese (39.3%)
    Dutch (4.0%)
    Australian (1.8%)
    Other Ancestry (8.8%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Language Spoken at Home
    Indonesian (72.2%)
    English (16.8%)
    Mandarin (4.8%)
    Dutch (1.6%)
    Other Languages (4.2%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 90.2% speak English fluently.
    [Census, 2016]
  • Diaspora
    New South Wales (43.4%)
    Victoria (24.3%)
    Western Australia (15.6%)
    Queensland (10.0%)
    Other (6.7%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2007 (56.9%)
    2007 - 2011 (17.2%)
    2012 - 2016 (23.3%)
    [Census, 2016]
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