An Overview of Jakarta

Jakarta, formerly Batavia, is the capital and largest city of Indonesia. Officially known as the Special Capital Territory of Jakarta, it is located on the northwest coast of Java, has an area of 661 square kilometers (255 sq mi), and a population of 18,900,000.  Jakarta is the country’s economic, cultural and political center. It is the most populous city in Indonesia and in Southeast Asia. The urban area, Jabodetabek, is the second largest in the world. Established in the fourth century, the city became an important trading port for the Kingdom of Sunda. It was the de facto capital of the Dutch East Indies (when it was known as “Batavia”) and has continued as the capital of Indonesia since the country’s independence was declared in 1945. Bounded to the north by the Java Sea and the south by the low Bogor Hills, Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, has long been the focus of the country’s changing political face, most dramatically with the student-led demonstrations against Suharto in 1998. (source 1, source 2)

Religion in Jakarta & Indonesia

The first principle of Indonesia’s ideology states the Pancasila: “belief in the one and only God.” A number of different religions are practiced in the country, and their collective influence on the country’s political, economical, and cultural life is significant. Based on the 2010 census, 87.18% were Muslim (including Shias and Sunnis), 6.96% Protestant, 2.91% Catholic, 1.69% Hindu, 0.72% Buddhist, 0.05% Khong Hu Chu, 0.13% other, and 0.38% unstated or not asked.

Similar with the general feature of Indonesia, most residents in Jakarta are Muslims (85.5%). 5.2% are Protestants, 4.77% are Catholics, 0.97% are Hindus, and 3.56% are Buddhists (source).

The Indonesian Constitution guarantees the right to the freedom of religion. However, the government only recognizes six official religions, namely Islam, Protestantism, Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Confucianism (source).

Would you pray that God would send laborers to this city and country to lift His name high?