Indonesia shares borders with Malaysia to the north and Papua New Guinea to the east. The country consists of a group of islands along the equator between the Southeast Asia and Australia. There are five large islands and 17,500 smaller islands (about 6,000 of the smaller ones are inhabited.)


Population: 251 million (2013 est.)
Ethnic Groups: Javanese (40.6%), Sundanese (15%), Madurese (3.3%), Minangkabau (2.7%), Betawi (2.4%,) Bugis (2.4%), Banten (2%), Banjar (1.7%), other or unspecified (29.9%)
Languages: Indonesien (official), English, Dutch, local dialects (of which the most widely spoken is Javanese)
Religions: Muslim (86.1%), Protestant (5.7%), Roman Catholic (3%), Hindu (1.8%), other or unspecified (3.4%)


Indonesian Population:
In Canada: 14,320
In the GTA: 3,705
In the City of Toronto: 1,435

Primary Areas of Settlement in the GTA (Social Atlas):

Indonesia is the world's fourth most populous nation and is home to over 750 distinct people groups, so it is difficult to characterize the Indonesian people in general. Indonesia is not a particularly prosperous nation, but its poverty rate has declined significantly (from 40% in 1976 to 17% in 2007) while life expectancy is on the rise. The Indonesian government recognizes only six religions: Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Catholicism and Protestantism. Atheism is not an option. Religion plays an important part of community life, and a person's religion is displayed on all official documents. The government discourages interfaith marriage - one of the partners must officially convert in these cases. Religious communities are not allowed to try to convert people from a different religion, and can only seek to convert the "non-religious" (for example, animist tribespeople.)

Map of Services and Churches in the GTA: 

Social and Settlement Services in the GTA


Churches in the GTA

Indonesian Reformed Evangelical Church
2737 Bayview Avenue at Trinity Presbyterian Church
Toronto, ON
M2L 1C5
Sunday service: 2pm

Indonesian Christian Church Canada
1000 Petrolia Road
Toronto, ON
M3J 3L7
Phone: 416-665-4777


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