Provinces of Indonesia

Provinces of Indonesia are the 34 largest subdivisions of the Indonesia and the highest tier of the local government (formerly called first-level region provinces or provinsi daerah tingkat I). Provinces are further divided into regencies and cities (formerly called second-level region regencies and cities or kabupaten/kotamadya daerah tingkat II), which are in turn subdivided into districts (kecamatan).

Provinces of Indonesia
CategoryProvince
LocationIndonesia
Number34 provinces
PopulationsSmallest: 622,350 (North Kalimantan)
Largest: 43,053,732 (West Java)
AreasSmallest: 664 km2 (256 sq mi) (Jakarta)
Largest: 319,036 km2 (123,180 sq mi) (Papua)
Government
Subdivisions

BackgroundEdit

Each province has a local government, headed by a governor, and a legislative body. The governor and members of local representative bodies are elected by popular vote for five-year terms.

Current provincesEdit

Indonesia has 34 provinces. Five provinces have special status:

The provinces are officially grouped into seven geographical units.[1]

Click on a province name to go to its main article.

Table of provincesEdit

Provinces of Indonesia[2][3]
Arms Province Indonesian name Indonesian acronym ISO[4] Capital Population (2020 Census)[5] Population approximately equal Area (km2) Population density
per km2
(2010)
Geographical unit Number
of cities and
regencies
Number
of cities
Number of
regencies
  Aceh Aceh Aceh ID-AC Banda Aceh 5,274,871   Palestine 57,956 77 Sumatra 23 5 18
  Bali Bali Bali ID-BA Denpasar 4,317,404   Panama 5,780 621 Lesser Sunda Islands 9 1 8
  Bangka Belitung Islands Kepulauan Bangka Belitung Babel ID-BB Pangkalpinang 1,455,678   Bahrain 16,424 64 Sumatra 7 1 6
  Banten Banten Banten ID-BT Serang (largest city: Tangerang) 11,904,562   Bolivia 9,662 909 Java 8 4 4
  Bengkulu Bengkulu Bengkulu ID-BE Bengkulu 2,010,670   Lesotho 19,919 84 Sumatra 10 1 9
  Central Java Jawa Tengah Jateng ID-JT Semarang 36,516,035   Morocco 40,800 894 Java 35 6 29
  Central Kalimantan Kalimantan Tengah Kalteng ID-KT Palangka Raya 2,669,969   Moldova 153,564 14 Kalimantan 14 1 13
  Central Sulawesi Sulawesi Tengah Sulteng ID-ST Palu 2,985,734   Armenia 61,841 41 Sulawesi 13 1 12
  East Java Jawa Timur Jatim ID-JI Surabaya 40,665,696   Iraq 47,799 828 Java 38 9 29
  East Kalimantan[6] Kalimantan Timur Kaltim ID-KI Samarinda (largest city: Balikpapan) 3,766,039   Georgia 127,267 22 Kalimantan 10 3 7
  East Nusa Tenggara Nusa Tenggara Timur NTT ID-NT Kupang 5,325,566   Norway 48,718 92 Lesser Sunda Islands 22 1 21
  Gorontalo Gorontalo Gorontalo ID-GO Gorontalo 1,171,681   Eswatini 11,257 94 Sulawesi 6 1 5
  Special Capital Region of Jakarta Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta DKI ID-JK Jakarta[a] 10,562,088   Dominican Republic 664 12,786 Java 6 5 1
  Jambi Jambi Jambi ID-JA Jambi 3,548,228   Uruguay 50,058 57 Sumatra 11 2 9
  Lampung Lampung Lampung ID-LA Bandar Lampung 9,007,848   Austria 34,623 226 Sumatra 15 2 13
  Maluku Maluku Maluku ID-MA Ambon 1,848,923   Latvia 46,914 32 Maluku Islands 11 2 9
  North Kalimantan Kalimantan Utara Kaltara ID-KU Tanjung Selor (largest city: Tarakan) 701,814   Macau 72,275 10 Kalimantan 5 1 4
  North Maluku Maluku Utara Malut ID-MU Sofifi (largest city: Ternate) 1,282,937   Mauritius 31,982 31 Maluku Islands 10 2 8
  North Sulawesi Sulawesi Utara Sulut ID-SA Manado 2,621,923   Moldova 13,851 162 Sulawesi 15 4 11
  North Sumatra Sumatra Utara Sumut ID-SU Medan 14,799,361   Cambodia 72,981 188 Sumatra 33 8 25
  Papua Papua Papua ID-PA Jayapura 4,303,707   Panama 319,036 8 Western New Guinea 29 1 28
  Riau Riau Riau ID-RI Pekanbaru 6,394,087   Turkmenistan 87,023 52 Sumatra 12 2 10
  Riau Islands Kepulauan Riau Kepri ID-KR Tanjungpinang (largest city: Batam) 2,064,564   North Macedonia 8,201 208 Sumatra 7 2 5
  Southeast Sulawesi Sulawesi Tenggara Sultra ID-SG Kendari 2,624,875   Moldova 38,067 51 Sulawesi 17 2 15
  South Kalimantan Kalimantan Selatan Kalsel ID-KS Banjarmasin 4,073,584   Croatia 38,744 96 Kalimantan 13 2 11
  South Sulawesi Sulawesi Selatan Sulsel ID-SN Makassar 9,073,509   Austria 46,717 151 Sulawesi 24 3 21
  South Sumatra Sumatra Selatan Sumsel ID-SS Palembang 8,467,432   Sierra Leone 91,592 86 Sumatra 17 4 13
  West Java Jawa Barat Jabar ID-JB Bandung (largest city: Bekasi) 48,274,162   Kenya 35,377 1,176 Java 27 9 18
  West Kalimantan Kalimantan Barat Kalbar ID-KB Pontianak 5,414,390   Slovakia 147,307 30 Kalimantan 14 2 12
  West Nusa Tenggara Nusa Tenggara Barat NTB ID-NB Mataram 5,320,092   Norway 18,572 234 Lesser Sunda Islands 10 2 8
  West Papua Papua Barat Pabar ID-PB[7] Manokwari (largest city: Sorong) 1,134,068   Eswatini 97,024 8 Western New Guinea 13 1 12
  West Sulawesi Sulawesi Barat Sulbar ID-SR Mamuju 1,419,229   Trinidad and Tobago 16,787 73 Sulawesi 6 0 6
  West Sumatra Sumatra Barat Sumbar ID-SB Padang 5,534,472   Finland 42,012 110 Sumatra 19 7 12
  Special Region of Yogyakarta Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta DIY ID-YO Yogyakarta 3,668,719   Eritrea 3,133 1,138 Java 5 1 4

Former provincesEdit

 
Three-province Sumatra (1948–56)
 
Two-province Sulawesi (1960–64)
 
Coat of arms of East Timor province

Upon the independence of Indonesia, eight provinces were established: West Java, Central Java, East Java, and Maluku still exist as of today despite later divisions, while Sumatra, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, and Nusa Tenggara were fully liquidated by dividing them into new provinces. The province of Central Sumatra existed from 1948 to 1957, while East Timor was annexed as a province from 1976 until its power transfer to UNTAET in 1999 prior to its independence as a country in 2002.

Province Capital Period Successor(s)
Sumatra[8] Bukittinggi / Medan 1945–1948 Central Sumatra
North Sumatra
South Sumatra
Kalimantan[9] Banjarmasin 1945–1956 East Kalimantan
South Kalimantan
West Kalimantan
Nusa Tenggara
(formerly Lesser Sunda (Sunda Kecil))[10]
Singaraja 1945–1958 Bali
East Nusa Tenggara
West Nusa Tenggara
Sulawesi[11] Makassar / Manado 1945–1960 North-Central Sulawesi
South-Southeast Sulawesi
Central Sumatra
(Sumatra Tengah)[8][12]
Bukittinggi 1948–1957 Jambi
Riau
West Sumatra
North-Central Sulawesi
(Sulawesi Utara-Tengah)[13]
Manado 1960–1964 North Sulawesi
Central Sulawesi
South-Southeast Sulawesi
(Sulawesi Selatan-Tenggara)[13]
Makassar 1960–1964 South Sulawesi
Southeast Sulawesi
East Timor
(Timor Timur)[14]
Dili 1976–1999 Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste

New provinces made from currently-existing provincesEdit

 
The provinces' development in Indonesia over the years
Pre-1999 Maluku (L) and Irian Jaya (now Papua, R)
New province
(current name)
Year New province
(then name)
Province of origin
Aceh 1956 Aceh North Sumatra
Central Kalimantan 1958 Central Kalimantan South Kalimantan
Lampung 1964 Lampung South Sumatra
Central Sulawesi 1964 Central Sulawesi North Sulawesi
Southeast Sulawesi 1964 Southeast Sulawesi South Sulawesi
Bengkulu 1967 Bengkulu South Sumatra
West Papua 1999 West Irian Jaya Irian Jaya
North Maluku 1999 North Maluku Maluku
Banten 2000 Banten West Java
Bangka Belitung Islands 2000 Bangka Belitung Islands South Sumatra
Gorontalo 2000 Gorontalo North Sulawesi
Riau Islands 2002 Riau Islands Riau
West Sulawesi 2004 West Sulawesi South Sulawesi
North Kalimantan 2012 North Kalimantan East Kalimantan

Renamed provincesEdit

Year Old name
(Indonesian)
Old name
(English)
New name
(Indonesian)
New name
(English)
Current name
1959 Aceh Aceh Daerah Istimewa Aceh Aceh Special Region Aceh
1973 Irian Barat West Irian Irian Jaya Irian Jaya Papua
1990 Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta Raya Greater Jakarta Special Capital Region Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta Jakarta Special Capital Region Jakarta Special Capital Region
2001 Daerah Istimewa Aceh Aceh Special Region Nanggroë Aceh Darussalam State of Aceh, the Abode of Peace Aceh
2002 Irian Jaya Irian Jaya Papua Papua Papua
2007 Irian Jaya Barat West Irian Jaya Papua Barat West Papua West Papua
2009 Nanggroë Aceh Darussalam State of Aceh, the Abode of Peace Aceh Aceh Aceh

See alsoEdit

General:

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Jakarta is a provincial-level city

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ISO 3166-2:ID
  2. ^ "Data Wilayah – Kementerian Dalam Negeri – Republik Indonesia". Archived from the original on 2012-02-22. Retrieved 2011-02-16.
  3. ^ Buku Induk—Kode dan Data Wilayah Administrasi Pemerintahan per Provinsi, Kabupaten/Kota dan Kecamatan Seluruh Indonesia (PDF) (in Indonesian), Kementerian Dalam Negeri [Ministry of Home Affairs], archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-11-19
  4. ^ ISO 3166-2:ID (ISO 3166-2 codes for the provinces of Indonesia)
  5. ^ Badan Pusat Statistik/Statistics Indonesia, Jakarta, 2021.
  6. ^ Figures adjusted to take account of the separation of Tarakan city and four regencies, as confirmed by Badan Pusat Statistik, to form the new province of North Kalimantan, listed separately in this table.
  7. ^ West Papua was created from the western portion of Papua province in February 2003, initially under the name of Irian Jaya Barat, and was renamed Papua Barat (West Papua) on 7 February 2007. The split remains controversial. In November 2004, the Constitutional Court of Indonesia ruled that the split violated Papua's autonomy laws. However, since the western province had already been created, it should remain separate from Papua. The ruling also aborted the creation of another proposed province, Central Irian Jaya, because the split was not yet completed. As of June 2008, an ISO 3166-2 code has not yet been published for West Papua. If one were to follow precedent, it would be ID-PB. Note: ISO 3166-2 Newsletter II-1 (corrected 2010-02-19) page 18-19 confirms this as ID-PB. See http://www.iso.org/iso/iso_3166-2_newsletter_ii-1_corrected_2010-02-19.pdf . The code ID-IJ now refers to the larger geographical region including Papua and West Papua.
  8. ^ a b "Peraturan Pemerintah Nomor 21 Tahun 1950" [Government Regulation Number 21 of 1950] (PDF), hukum.unsrat.ac.id (in Indonesian), archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-12-11, retrieved 1 May 2020
  9. ^ "Undang-Undang Nomor 25 Tahun 1956" [Act Number 25 of 1956], hukumonline.com (in Indonesian), retrieved 14 November 2018
  10. ^ "Undang-Undang Nomor 64 Tahun 1958" [Act Number 64 of 1958], hukumonline.com (in Indonesian), Republic of Indonesia, retrieved 14 November 2018
  11. ^ "Peraturan Pemerintah Pengganti Undang-Undang Nomor 47 Tahun 1960" [Government Regulation in Lieu of Law Number 47 of 1960], hukumonline.com (in Indonesian), retrieved 14 November 2018
  12. ^ "Undang-Undang Darurat Nomor 19 Tahun 1957" [Emergency Act Number 19 Year 1957], hukumonline.com (in Indonesian), retrieved 14 November 2018
  13. ^ a b "Undang-Undang Nomor 13 Tahun 1964" [Act Number 13 of 1964]. hukumonline.com (in Indonesian). Retrieved 29 January 2020.
  14. ^ Undang-Undang Republik Indonesia Nomor 7 Tahun 1976 [Act of the Republic of Indonesia Number 7 of 1976] (PDF) (in Indonesian), archived from the original (PDF) on 2018-11-14, retrieved 2018-11-14

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