Indonesian Culture

Greetings

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  • Greetings between two people of the same gender usually involve a handshake.
  • Some Indonesians may place their hand on their heart or bow slightly after shaking hands.
  • Many Indonesians are not accustomed to touching people of the opposite gender. Women may choose to bow with their hands folded instead of shaking hands.
  • People may greet close relatives by shaking hands and kissing one another on both cheeks.
  • Younger people do not call those older than them by their first name, but rather call them “Bapak” (Mr.), “Ibu” (Mrs.) or “Kakak” (elder).
  • Always greet people in order of their age, from eldest to youngest.
Indonesia
  • Population
    252,812,245
    3.49% of World Population
  • 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%)
  • Ethnicities
    Javanese (40.1%)
    Sudanese (15.1%)
    Malay (3.7%)
    Batak (3.6%)
    Betawi (2.9%)
    Other (30.1%)
  • 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
    48,836
Indonesians in Australia
  • Population
    73,213
    [2016 census]
  • 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%)
  • Languages
    Indonesian (70.2%)
    English (16.3%)
    Mandarin (5.1%)
    Dutch (2.3%)
    Other (6%)
  • English Proficiency
    Well (52.91%)
    Not Well (8.8%)
  • 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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