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India and Indonesia have shared two millennia of close cultural and commercial contacts. Indonesia has emerged to become the second largest trading partner of India in the ASEAN region. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi met President Joko Widodo of Indonesia in Nay Pyi Taw on 13th November 2014 on the sidelines of 25th ASEAN summit. Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated President Joko Widodo on becoming seventh President of Indonesia. Both countries agreed to increase trade and investment and increased exchange between business and political leadership.

External Affairs Minister Smt. Sushma Swaraj met Foreign Minister Dr. Marty Natalegawa of Indonesia on the sidelines of 47th ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar on 9 August 2014. A Facebook page of the Embassy of India and a Twitter account has been created to connect with the younger generation of Indonesian people, who are among the largest users of social media in the world.

The Embassy produced two You Tube video’s titled “Old Heritage New Partnerships” and “India-Indonesia-An Enduring Relationship” and brought out various publications on India highlighting our strengths. A special publication titled “Studying in India” in Bahasa language was also brought out to facilitate Indonesian students wishing to pursue higher studies in India.




At a Glance:



Country Name



Republic of Indonesia















Government type






Administrative divisions



32 provinces and 1 special regions and 1 national capital city district



National Holiday



Independence Day, 17 August


Fiscal year



January to December






Indonesian Rupiah (IDR)






Joko WIDODO (since 20 October 2014)






255,993,674 (July 2015 est.)



Net migration rate



-1.16 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2015 est.)



GDP (purchasing power parity)



$2.676 trillion (2014 est.)



GDP- composition by sector



Agriculture: 14.2%

Industry: 45.5%

Services: 40.3% (2014 est.)



Agriculture- Products



Rubber and similar products, palm oil, poultry, beef, forest products, shrimp, cocoa, coffee, medicinal herbs, essential oil, fish and its similar products, and spices






Petroleum and natural gas, textiles, automotive, electrical appliances, apparel, footwear, mining, cement, medical instruments and appliances, handicrafts, chemical fertilizers, plywood, rubber, processed food, jewelry, and tourism



Major Exports



Palm oil, oil and gas, ores and slags, electrical appliances, plywood, textiles, rubber   



Major Exports - Partners



Japan 15%, China 12%, Singapore 9.1%, United States 8.4%, South Korea 7.2% (2014 est.)



Major Imports



Machinery and equipment, chemicals, fuels, foodstuffs



Major Importers Partners



China 16%, Singapore 14%, Japan 11%, South Korea 6.9%, Malaysia 6.1% (2014 est.)



Natural resources



Petroleum, tin, natural gas, nickel, timber, bauxite, copper, fertile soils, coal, gold, silver






Bahasa Indonesia (official, modified form of Malay), English, Dutch, local dialects (of which the most widely spoken in Javanese)



Ethnic groups



Javanese 40.1%, Sundanese 15.5%, Malay 3.7%, Batak 3.6%, Madurese 3%, Betawi 2.9%, Minangkabau 2.7%, Buginese 2.7%, Bantenese 2%, Banjarese 1.7%, Balinese 1.7%, Acehnese 1.4%, Dayak 1.4%, Sasak 1.3%, Chinese 1.2%, other 15% (2010 est.)






Tropical; hot, humid; more moderate in highlands.






South eastern Asia, archipelago between the Indian ocean and  the pacific ocean