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Jambi is a province of Indonesia. It is located on the east coast of central Sumatra and its capital is Jambi.

Other transcription(s)
 • Jawi جمبي
Mount Kerinci, the highest peak in Sumatra Island
Mount Kerinci, the highest peak in Sumatra Island
Flag of Jambi
Official seal of Jambi
Motto(s): Sepucuk Jambi Sembilan Lurah (Malay proverb)
(One united Jambi, formed from nine regional entities)
Location of Jambi in Indonesia
Location of Jambi in Indonesia
Coordinates: 1°35′S 103°37′E / 1.583°S 103.617°E / -1.583; 103.617Coordinates: 1°35′S 103°37′E / 1.583°S 103.617°E / -1.583; 103.617
Country  Indonesia
Capital Jambi City
 • Governor Zumi Zola (National Mandate Party)
 • Vice Governor Fachrori Umar
 • Total 50,058.16 km2 (19,327.56 sq mi)
Population (2014 Estimate)
 • Total 3,412,459
 • Density 68/km2 (180/sq mi)
 • Ethnic groups Malay (38%), Javanese (28,8%), Kerinci (10%), Minangkabau (5,2%), Batak (3,43%), Banjarese (3,3%), Buginese (3,1%), Sundanese (2,56%), Tionghoa (1,2%), Other (4,41%)[1]
 • Religion Muslim (96.5%), Christian (3%), Buddhist (1%), Hindu (0.117%)
 • Languages Indonesian, Jambi Malay, Kerinci, Kubu
Time zone WIB (UTC+7)
Vehicle registration BH
HDI Steady 0.696 (Medium)
HDI rank 16th (2014)

The province has a land area of 50,058.16 km2, and it has a population of 3,092,265 according to the 2010 Census;[2] by January 2014 this had risen to 3,412,459.



Mosque in Jambi, during the colonial period. ca 1900-1939.

Jambi was the site of the Srivijayan kingdom that engaged in trade throughout the Strait of Malacca and beyond. Jambi succeeded Palembang, its southern economic and military rival, as the capital of the kingdom. The movement of the capital to Jambi was partly induced by the 1025 raid by pirates from the Chola region of southern India, which destroyed much of Palembang.

In the early decades of the Dutch presence in the region (see Dutch East India Company in Indonesia), when the Dutch were one of several traders competing with the British, Chinese, Arabs, and Malays, the Jambi Sultanate profited from trade in pepper with the Dutch. This relationship declined by about 1770, and the sultanate had little contact with the Dutch for about sixty years.[citation needed]

In 1833, minor conflicts with the Dutch (the Indonesian colonial possessions of which were now nationalised as the Dutch East Indies) who were well established in Palembang, meant the Dutch increasingly felt the need to control the actions of Jambi. They coerced Sultan Facharudin to agree to greater Dutch presence in the region and control over trade, although the sultanate remained nominally independent. In 1858 the Dutch, apparently concerned over the risk of competition for control from other foreign powers, invaded Jambi with a force from their capital Batavia. They met little resistance, and Sultan Taha fled upriver, to the inland regions of Jambi. The Dutch installed a puppet ruler, Nazarudin, in the lower region, which included the capital city. For the next forty years Taha maintained the upriver kingdom, and slowly reextended his influence over the lower regions through political agreements and marriage connections. In 1904, however, the Dutch were stronger and, as a part of a larger campaign to consolidate control over the entire archipelago, soldiers finally managed to capture and kill Taha, and in 1906, the entire area was brought under direct colonial management.

Following the death of Jambi sultan, Taha Saifuddin, on April 27, 1904 and the success of the Dutch controlled areas of the Sultanate of Jambi, Jambi then set as the Residency and entry into the territory Nederlandsch Indie. Jambi's first Resident OL Helfrich was appointed by the Governor General of the Dutch Decree No. 20 dated May 4, 1906 and his inauguration held on July 2, 1906.

Year Pop. ±%
1971 1,006,084 —    
1980 1,445,994 +43.7%
1990 2,020,568 +39.7%
1995 2,369,959 +17.3%
2000 2,407,166 +1.6%
2010 3,092,265 +28.5%
Source: Badan Pusat Statistik 2014

Administrative divisionsEdit

Jambi province is divided into nine regencies (kabupaten) and two cities (kota), listed below with their areas and their populations at the 2010 Census and according to the latest (January 2014) estimates.

Name Area (km2) Population
Census 2010
Estimate 2014
Capital HDI[3]
2014 Estimates
Jambi City 103.54 531,857 586,930 - 0.748 (High)
Sungai Penuh City 391.50 82,293 90,814 - 0.724 (High)
Batanghari Regency 5,804.00 241,334 266,323 Muara Bulian 0.676 (Medium)
Bungo Regency 4,659.00 303,135 334,524 Muara Bungo 0.679 (Medium)
East Tanjung Jabung Regency
(Tanjung Jabung Timur)
5,445.00 205,272 226,527 Muara Sabak 0.598 (Low)
Kerinci Regency 3,355.27 229,495 253,258 Siulak 0.679 (Medium)
Merangin Regency 7,679.00 333,206 367,708 Bangko 0.662 (Medium)
Muaro Jambi Regency 5,326.00 342,952 378,464 Sengeti 0.657 (Medium)
Sarolangun Regency 6,184.00 246,245 271,743 Sarolangun 0.676 (Medium)
Tebo Regency 6,461.00 297,735 328,564 Muara Tebo 0.666 (Medium)
West Tanjung Jabung Regency
(Tanjung Jabung Barat)
4,649.85 278,741 307,604 Kuala Tungkal 0.640 (Medium)
Total province 50,058.16 3,092,265 3,412,459 Jambi


The official language of Jambi province is Indonesian as in all parts of Indonesia. However Jambi is also home to several indigenous languages and dialects such as Jambi Malay, Kerinci language, Kubu language, Lempur Malay, and Rantau Panjang Malay, all of them belong to Malayan languages. [4]

Due to transmigration policy, many ethnic groups from various parts of Indonesia, especially Java, Borneo, Sulawesi and other parts of Sumatra brought their native languages as well. The non-Pribumi people such as the Chinese Indonesians speak various varieties of Chinese.

World Heritage SiteEdit

Muaro Jambi Temples

May 2011: The Jambi provincial administration is striving to have the ancient Muaro Jambi temple site at Muaro Jambi village in Maro Sebo District, Muaro Jambi Regency, recognized as a world heritage site.

The site was a Buddhist education center that flourished during the 7th and 8th centuries and is made from bricks similar to those used in Buddhist temples in India.[5]


Religion in Jambi (2010 census)[6]
religion percent
other, not stated or not asked

Islam is the largest religion in Jambi representing 96.5% of the whole population Christianity is 3% Hinduism is 0.25% and Buddhism 0.25%[citation needed]

See alsoEdit


  • Locher-Scholten, Elsbeth. 1993. Rivals and rituals in Jambi, South Sumatra. Modern Asian Studies 27(3):573-591.

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