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Indonesia: Interesting facts about country that is home to most corrupt leader of all time

For starters, Indonesia is a country in Southeast Asia and Oceania between the Indian and Pacific oceans consisting of over seventeen thousand islands.

The islands include Sumatra, Java, Sulawesi, and parts of Borneo and New Guinea, covering an area of 1,904,569 square kilometres.

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Karno Stadium

The Karno Stadium is one of the largest stadium in the world.

In 1962 during the the Asian Games it hosted up to 120,800 people.

Construction began on 8 February 1960 and finished on 21 July 1962, in time to host the aforementioned games.

Its construction was partially funded through a special loan from the Soviet Union.

Most corrupt leader

The Global Corruption Report of 2004 showed that former Indonesian President Suharto was the most corrupt leader of all time, embezzling between 15 billion USD and 35 billion USD.

Suharto was a politician and military dictator, who was the second President of Indonesia.

Widely classified as a dictator by foreign observers, Suharto was president for 31 years, from the coup d’etat against Sukarno in 1967 until his overthrow in 1998.

Suharto embezzled between 15 billion USD and 35 billion USD Photo: Courtesy

Lake Toba

Lake Toba is the largest volcanic lake in the world with a surface elevation of about 2,953 ft.

The lake is about 100 kilometres long, 30 kilometres wide, and up to 1,657 ft deep.

The lake’s supervolcanic eruption that occurred 70,000 years ago was the largest known explosive eruption on Earth in the last 25 million years.

According to the Toba catastrophe theory, it killed most humans living at that time.

Grasberg mine

Located near Puncak Jaya, the Grasberg mine is the seventh-largest gold mine and the second-largest copper mine in the world.

The mine is located in Mimika Regency, Papua, Indonesia near Puncak Jaya, the highest mountain in the country with over 19,500 employees.

Indomie record

In 2005, Indomie broke the Guinness Book of World Records category for “The Largest Packet of Instant Noodles”, creating a packet that was 3.4m x 2.355m x 0.47m, with a net weight of 664.938 kg.

The noodles was made using the same ingredients as a regular pack of instant noodle and was certified fit for human consumption.

Komodo dragon

The Asian country hosts the largest lizard in the world which grows to a maximum 3 meters in length and weighing up to approximately 70 kilograms.

The dragon is a member of the monitor lizard family Varanidae that is endemic to the Indonesian islands of Komodo, Rinca, Flores, and Gili Motang.

Komodo
The lizard grows to a maximum 3 meters in length and weighing up to approximately 70 kilograms Photo: Courtesy

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Languages

More than 700 languages and dialects are spoken across the Indonesia with Papua, just one province, having over 270 spoken dialects.

With over 84 million speakers, Javanese is the second most prominent language in Indonesia after Bahasa Indonesia.

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