It’s totally true! According to World Atlas, the Republic of Indonesia is one of the few countries in the world with territories stretching across 2 different continents. In addition to most of the area located in Southeast Asia, the country also has sovereign provinces located in Oceania.

In particular, Indonesia’s two provinces Papua and West Papua locates in the region of Oceania. Which, Papua is the province with the largest area in ​​Indonesia, which is up to 319,036 km2. In contrast, West Papua is the province with the smallest population in the country with more than 115,000 people.

The Area of Indonesia

Indonesia map and the national symbol - the Garuda
Indonesia map and the country’s national symbol – the Garuda. The area on the right includes Papua and West Papua which belong to Oceania.

With an area of ​​more than 1.9 million km2, Indonesia is the country with the largest natural area in Southeast Asia today. Indeed, the archipelagic country has a natural area ranked 8th in Asia and 14th in the world. This is also one of the major countries in the world.

Indonesia shares a border with the Oceania nation Papua New Guinea. This contiguous part of the territory is located on the island of New Guinea. Therefore, traveling to Papua New Guinea from Indonesia by crossing the border on the island of New Guinea is always a good idea.

What’s Also There in the Archipelagic Country?

galang refugee camp, ex camp vienam, batam island
Indonesia’s Galang Refugee Camp in Batam island which I visited on the 5 days trip to the country, Singapore, and Malaysia.

According to the country’s information portal, Indonesia leads Southeast Asia in terms of population with more than 270 million people. Of which, more than 87% of the population is Muslim. As a result, this archipelagic nation is also the largest Muslim country in the world today.

In addition to the significant area and population in the region, Indonesia is also the leading country in Southeast Asia in the number of volcanoes, islands, and languages. Yes, it has about 150 volcanoes and more than 17,000 islands. Also, the country has more than 700 native languages resulting from a lot of races and tribes living on the island. So, are you feeling interested to travel Indonesia?


  • WorldAtlas, updated Feb 2021, [online] [Accessed 30 Mar. 2021].


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map indonesia locates in two continents - the broad life's pinterest board


    • Yeah, my [IN FACT] series aims at giving you interesting new things for your trip to be more excited.

  1. Oh I did not know this!
    I have been to Istanbul in Turkey though, that city is also devided into a europe side and an Asian once with only a bridge in beetween 🙂

  2. Wow! Thanks for bringing this up and letting us to know this facts about Indonesia. To be honest it never cling into my mind about this kind of stuff. I love Indonesia, it has a great surrounding especially to all natures lover out there.

    • I love to travel to Indonesia too. Now the country has more reason and a special place that I want to go to.

  3. Wow, I didn’t know that they are part of 2 continents. I love learning new things about the world. I also didn’t know that a large part of Indonesia is Muslim. This is so interesting and makes me want to visit there even more!

    • I’m happy that you like the post a lot.
      Don’t forget to check my [IN FACT] series, there are many interesting things for you to learn.

  4. This truly looks like the trip of a lifetime! Wow, I would love to be able to do something similar, once COVID subsides and life goes back to normal.

  5. That is a lot of islands! But I did not know that Indonesia is located across two continents. Wow. Happy to have learned something new today. Hopefully I get to visit this beautiful country sometime in the future.

  6. I haven’t been to Indonesia, but I saw the pictures and it’s so amazing place. Your post was useful for me.

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