INDONESIA

  • Jakarta
  • Indonesia is an archipelago comprising over 17,000 islands, which together form the world’s fourth largest country.
  • The population of Indonesia is approximately 248 million, 9.1 million of whom reside in the capital, Jakarta. There are over 300 ethnic groups, but the majority (40.6%) is Javanese. 86% are Muslim, 8.7% Christian, 2% Hindu and 3.4% practice other religions.
  • There are hundreds of languages and dialects spoken in Indonesia, but the national language is Bahasa Indonesia, which is a variation of Bahasa Melayu. English is commonly spoken in the business community, with Dutch and many local dialects (the most widely spoken being Javanese)
  • Time zone: Indonesia’s 3 time zones are from 7 to 9 hours ahead of GMT. There is no change for Daylight Saving Time
  • Electricity: 220 volts and 50 Hertz
  • Housing: There is a wide variety of apartments and houses available for rent throughout Jakarta. Standard housing contracts in Jakarta are for 1 to 3 years, but the rent is paid in its entirety before you move in
  • Schools: There are numerous international schools in Jakarta offering different national and international curricula:
    • ACG International School
    • Australian International School
    • British International School
    • Deutsche Internationale Schule
    • Gandhi Memorial International School
    • Jakarta International Korean School
    • Jakarta International School
    • Jakarta Japanese School
    • Lycée International Français
    • Nederlandse Internationale School
    • New Zealand International School
    • North Jakarta International School
    • Singapore International School
    • There are also international Kindergartens
  • Transportation: Heavy traffic in Jakarta makes driving very challenging, so many people employ drivers
  • Healthcare: Hospitals and clinics in Jakarta have international standard facilities and many doctors have trained overseas
  • Work permits and visas: To work in Indonesia, you will require a Work Permit. There are also many documents, permits and other registrations to attend to
  • Banking and currency: There are many local and international banks in Indonesia, offering a full range of banking services. The local currency is Indonesian Rupiah (IDR)
  • How do I set up my bank account?

    To open a personal bank account in a foreign bank, you will need to produce copies of your passport and KITAS card. You may also require letters of reference from employer and previous bank and another letter regarding income tax. For an account in USD
    you may need to maintain a minimum balance.

  • Is it safe to drink the water?

    Do not drink tap water; it is not suitable for consumption. Do not use for cleaning teeth or contact lenses or first aid. You should use boiled or filtered water. Vegetables should be cleaned with a vegetable washing solution.

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