|Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia) Language Miscellaneous
Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia) is the official language of
Indonesia. Indonesian is a standardized dialect of the Malay
language that was officially defined with the declaration
of Indonesian independence in 1945, and the two languages
remain quite similar.
The language is spoken fluently as a second language by most
Indonesians, who generally use a regional language (examples
are Minangkabau and Javanese) at home and in their local community.
Most formal education, as well as nearly all national media
and other communication, are in Indonesian. In East Timor,
Indonesian is recognized by the constitution as one of the
two working languages (the other is English).
The Indonesian name for the language is Bahasa Indonesia (literally
language of Indonesia); this name is sometimes used in English
as well. The language is sometimes called "Bahasa"
by English-speakers, though this simply means "language"
Indonesia, officially the Republic of Indonesia, is a nation
of 17,508 islands in the South East Asian Archipelago, making
it the world's largest archipelagic state. With a population
of over 200 million, it is the world's fourth most populous
country and the most populous Muslim-majority nation. Its
capital is Jakarta.
The internet made its Indonesian debut in late 1994. By the
end of 1995, there were ca. 200,000 regular users. As of 2005,
over 16 million people were using the internet on a regular