Indonesian Culture

Religion

At the time of the 2010 Indonesian Census, 87.2% of Indonesia was Muslim, 6.9% was Protestant-Christian, 2.9% was Catholic-Christian and 1.7% was Hindu. A further 0.7% was Buddhist and 0.05% was Confucian.

Contrastingly the 2011 Census indicated that, of the Indonesian-born within Australia, 26.6% are Catholic Christian, 19.4% are Muslim, 10.3% are Buddhist and 36.9% belong to another faith.

Indonesia is a very spiritual country and Indonesians often ask people about their faith shortly after meeting them. Atheism is not widely accepted, and Westerners visiting Indonesia are often presumed to be Christian if they do not clearly identify their faith.

The Indonesian government has also banned proselytising (attempts to convert people to one's own religion) as a measure to avoid religious conflict.
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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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