Just six countries account for all the world’s annual population growth of about 77 million people each year: India, China, Pakistan, Nigeria, Bangladesh, and Indonesia, in that order.
Indonesia is the fourth most populous country in the world, and has the world’s largest population of Muslims.
The Indonesian archipelago has been an important trade region since at least the seventh century, and gained its independence after World War II.
The name Indonesia comes from the Latin Indus, and the Greek nesos, which means “island”.
Fossilized remains of the “Java Man”, suggest that the Indonesian archipelago was inhabited from two million to 500,000 years ago.