Indonesia is a republic in Southeast Asia with approximately 237 million inhabitants. The archipelago consists of around 17508 islands. The largest islands are Kalimantan, Borneo, Sumatra, Irian Jaya, New Guinea, Sulawesi and Java. It has a border with Papua New Guinea, East Timor and Malaysia. Neighboring countries overseas are Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, the Philippines and Australia. Indonesia is trapped between the Indian and Pacific Ocean. The country has a variety of landscapes such as tropical rain forests, coastal areas, coral reefs, savannah landscapes and mountain ranges. There is largely a tropical climate with dry summers and very rainy winters. The capital Jakarta has almost 9 million inhabitants and many sights: The Monas tower (Monumen Nasional), the old city center, the Chinese district of Glodok, Sea World, parks, the Ragunan zoo and many shopping centers. Other major cities include Surabaya, Medan, Padang, Bandung, Yogyakarta and Denpasar. The Prambanan temples, the rainforest of Sumatra, the temple complex of Borobudur, the site of Sangiran and the national parks of Ujung Kulon, Komodo and Lorentz are on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Sights are the rich flora and fauna, Lake Tobo, the temples on Bali and the volcano the Bromo.

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