Indonesian Culture

Religion

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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.
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
    63,160
  • 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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