Historical Perspective on Why Indonesia has Big Population

Historical Perspective on Why Indonesia has Big Population

Indonesia is a vast and diverse country, with a population of over 270 million people, making it the fourth most populous country in the world. The reasons for Indonesia's large population are complex and multifaceted, with various historical, social, economic, and cultural factors at play.

One of the primary factors contributing to Indonesia's large population is its geographic location. The archipelago is situated in a strategic location between the Indian and Pacific Oceans, making it a center for trade and commerce for centuries. The country's many islands provided opportunities for fishing, agriculture, and transportation, and the natural resources of the land and sea made it an attractive destination for immigrants.

Another key factor that contributed to Indonesia's large population is the country's history of colonization. Indonesia was colonized by the Dutch for over 300 years, during which time the Dutch brought in immigrants from other parts of the Dutch empire, such as China and India, to work on plantations and other enterprises. These immigrants eventually settled in Indonesia and became part of the country's population.

In addition, Indonesia's history of migration and intermarriage has led to a diverse population with a wide range of ethnicities and cultures. The country is home to hundreds of distinct ethnic groups, each with their own traditions, languages, and customs. This diversity has contributed to the richness and vibrancy of Indonesian culture, as well as to its large population.

The country's economy has also played a significant role in its population growth. Indonesia has experienced steady economic growth over the past few decades, with increasing opportunities for employment and education. The government has invested heavily in infrastructure development and has implemented policies to promote economic growth and job creation, which have helped to attract immigrants from other countries.

Finally, Indonesia's cultural norms and values have also contributed to its large population. The country places a high value on family and children, and having a large family is seen as a source of pride and a way to ensure one's legacy. Additionally, many Indonesians believe that having children is a way to ensure that they will be taken care of in old age, as there is a strong tradition of filial piety and caring for one's parents and grandparents.

In conclusion, Indonesia's large population is the result of a complex interplay of historical, economic, social, and cultural factors. Its strategic location, history of colonization, diverse population, growing economy, and cultural norms have all contributed to its population growth over the centuries. As Indonesia continues to develop and evolve, it will be interesting to see how these factors continue to shape its population and society in the years to come.

Akhyari Hananto

I began my career in the banking industry in 1997, and stayed approx 6 years in it. This industry boost his knowledge about the economic condition in Indonesia, both macro and micro, and how to More understand it. My banking career continued in Yogyakarta when I joined in a program funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB),as the coordinator for a program aimed to help improve the quality of learning and teaching process in private universities in Yogyakarta. When the earthquake stroke Yogyakarta, I chose to join an international NGO working in the area of ?disaster response and management, which allows me to help rebuild the city, as well as other disaster-stricken area in Indonesia. I went on to become the coordinator for emergency response in the Asia Pacific region. Then I was assigned for 1 year in Cambodia, as a country coordinator mostly to deliver developmental programs (water and sanitation, education, livelihood). In 2009, he continued his career as a protocol and HR officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya, and two years later I joined the Political and Economic Section until now, where i have to deal with extensive range of people and government officials, as well as private and government institution troughout eastern Indonesia. I am the founder and Editor-in-Chief in Good News From Indonesia (GNFI), a growing and influential social media movement, and was selected as one of The Most Influential Netizen 2011 by The Marketeers magazine. I also wrote a book on "Fundamentals of Disaster Management in 2007"?, "Good News From Indonesia : Beragam Prestasi Anak Bangsa di dunia"? which was luanched in August 2013, and "Indonesia Bersyukur"? which is launched in Sept 2013. In 2014, 3 books were released in which i was one of the writer; "Indonesia Pelangi Dunia"?, "Indonesia The Untold Stories"? and "Growing! Meretas Jalan Kejayaan" I give lectures to students in lectures nationwide, sharing on full range of issues, from economy, to diplomacy Less
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