Salatiga (Javanese: ꦯꦭꦠꦶꦒ) is a city in Central Java province, Indonesia. Located between the cities of Semarang and Surakarta, it sits at the foot of Mount Merbabu (3,142 m) and Mount Telomoyo, and has a relatively cool climate due to its elevated position. Salatiga is a part of the Semarang metropolitan area.

Javanese transcription(s)
 • Hanacarakaꦯꦭꦠꦶꦒ
Mount Merbabu viewed from Salatiga.
Mount Merbabu viewed from Salatiga.
Official seal of Salatiga
Çrir Astu Swasti Prajabhyah (Be happy, all the People)
Location within Central Java
Location within Central Java
Salatiga is located in Java
Location in Java and Indonesia
Salatiga is located in Indonesia
Salatiga (Indonesia)
Coordinates: 7°19′29″S 110°32′39.79″E / 7.32472°S 110.5443861°E / -7.32472; 110.5443861Coordinates: 7°19′29″S 110°32′39.79″E / 7.32472°S 110.5443861°E / -7.32472; 110.5443861
Country Indonesia
ProvinceFlag of Central Java.svg Central Java
Founded24 July 750
Incorporated1 July 1917
 • MayorYulianto
 • Vice MayorMuh Haris
 • Total56.781 km2 (21.923 sq mi)
Elevation571 m (1,873 ft)
 • Total183,815
 • Density3,200/km2 (8,400/sq mi)
 • Ethnic groupsJavanese


Time zoneUTC+7 (Indonesia Western Standard Time)
Area code(+62) 298
Vehicle registrationH

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Salatiga is thought to be named either after the goddess of Trisala, or after the three wrongs done to the first king of Semarang.

In the first explanation, the people of the village celebrate the goddess of Siddhadewi, who is mentioned in the Monolith of Plumpungan. Siddhadewi was also called Trisala, so the village was called Trisala and in the years to come became Salatri and eventually Salatiga.[3]

The second explanation is based on the story of Ki Ageng Pandanaran, the first regent of Semarang, who was robbed by three muggers, and he thus named the location Salah Telu. Salah means wrong in both Indonesian and Javanese. Telu is Low Javanese for three, spelled is tiga in both the more refined Middle/High Javanese (but pronounced /tigo/ in Javanese respectively /tiga/ in Indonesian). Hence the name Salatiga from Salah Tiga.[4]


The official birth date of Salatiga is 24 July 750 A.D. (the 31st date and 4th year of the Saka calendar). The scroll Monolith of Plumpungan (Prasasti Plumpungan in Sanskrit) by King Bhanu, declares May you be happy! All the people ("Srir = astu swasti prajabhyah") and designated village of Hampran (Desa Hampran) a Perdikan village (Desa Perdikan, meaning a tax-free village).[5] "Çrirastuswasti Prajabyah" is the official motto of Salatiga as written in the government seal.

In 1746, the Dutch East India Company (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie, VOC) built De Hersteller fort in Salatiga because Salatiga was strategically located at the intersection between Semarang, Surakarta and Magelang.[6]

Salatiga street scenery in 1918

On 1 July 1917 the village of Salatiga was designated as a stads gemeente or small town by the Dutch East Indies government.[7] In the colonial era, Salatiga was stratified by race. The Europeans live near the city centre, at the Toentangscheweg (Toentang Road) because it leads to Semarang and also near to Dutch plantations in the Salatiga Afdeling.[8] The Chinese live near the trading centre, the Kalicacing Market, at the Soloscheweg (Solo Road).[9] The native people live outside the European and Chinese communities.[10] The education system was divided by race, with different schools for the Europeans, the Chinese and the natives.[11] Salatiga was led by a burgermeester (mayor), assisted by College van Burgermeester en Wethouders. There was a legislative body, the Stadsgemeenteraad; however, its membership was not proportional, with 8 seats for the Europeans, 1 seat for the Chinese, and only 2 seats for the natives who form the majority of the people.[12] The birth of Salatiga was accompanied by the world economic depression of the 1930s, so the development of the city was halted, and to solve the increase of the city's spending, the salaries of government officials were cut by up to 15%.[13] Salatiga had an important economic role as a hinterland to Semarang, providing products from coffee, rubber, cacao, cotton, spices, tobacco, wheat and vegetable plantations to Semarang to be processed.[14]

Supported by geographical factors, its cool climate, and its luxurious buildings with Indies architecture,[15] Salatiga's beauty was well known during the Dutch colonisation, even it was called De Schoonste Stad van Midden-Java (The Most Beautiful City in Central Java).[16]


Salatiga is divided into four districts (kecamatan): Argomulyo, Tingkir, Sidomukti, and Sidorejo.

Districts of Salatiga by population, area and population density (2015)[17]
District Area (km2) Population Population density (persons/km2)
Argomulyo 18.526 43,424 2,344
Tingkir 10.549 42,888 4,066
Sidomukti 11.459 41,871 3,654
Sidorejo 16.247 55,632 3,424
Total 56.781 183,815 3,237

Bordering Salatiga are the following districts:

  • To the North: Pabelan (Pabelan and Pejaten villages) and Tuntang (Kesongo and Watu Agung villages)
  • To the South: Getasan (Sumogawe, Samirono and Jetak villages) and Tengaran (Patemon and Karang Duren villages)
  • To the East: Pabelan (Ujung-ujung, Sukoharjo and Glawan villages) and Tengaran (Bener, Tegalwaton and Nyamat villages)
  • To the West: Tuntang (Candirejo, Jombor, Sraten and Gedangan villages) and Getasan (Polobogo village)

All these districts are located in Semarang Regency, making Salatiga an enclave within Semarang Regency.


Salatiga is located about 47 km south of Semarang and about 100 km north of Yogyakarta.[citation needed] Its elevation is between 450–800 metres.[18] Salatiga has a tropical monsoon climate (Am) in the Köppen climate classification with the average rainfall of 2,668 mm per year, the highest temperature in October (24.1 °C) and the lowest in January (22.4 °C).[1]

Climate data for Salatiga
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 26.4
Daily mean °C (°F) 22.4
Average low °C (°F) 18.5
Average precipitation mm (inches) 390


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
1900 10,000—    
1905 12,000+3.71%
1920 18,895+3.07%
1929 19,192+0.17%
1930 24,397+27.12%
1961 58,135+2.84%
1971 69,184+1.76%
2000 153,036+2.78%
2010 171,067+1.12%
2015 183,815+1.45%
Source: 1900–1930,[19] 1961–1971,[20] 2000–2010,[21] 2015[2]

As of 2015, Salatiga has a population of 183,815, 89,928 of them are males and 93,887 are females.[2]


As of 2015, Islam was the most practised religion in Salatiga (78%), followed by Protestantism (16%) and Catholicism (5%). Other religions (Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism and aliran kepercayaan) make up less than 1% of the population.[22] Salatiga is repeatedly called "one of the most tolerant cities in Indonesia"[23] and is one of the few cities in Java to hold outdoor Christian festivals during Christmas.[24]


Salatiga is mainly inhabited by the Javanese, with a sizeable minority of Chinese Indonesians and some Bataks from North Sumatra. As a university town, it also hosts an assembly of other ethnicities from as far as Borneo and New Guinea.[citation needed] In total, there are about 30 ethnicities in Salatiga.[25]


There is an emerging processing industry that includes textile, tires and animal slaughter in Salatiga. In 2000, this industry contributes 119.76 billion rupiahs to the economy of Salatiga. Salatiga is located at the intersection to and from Semarang, Surakarta and Yogyakarta, benefiting its trade sector. In 2000, the trade sector contributes 109 billion rupiahs to the economy of Salatiga.[18]



The main road of Salatiga, Jalan Jendral Sudirman

Salatiga is traversed by provincial road that connects Semarang and Surakarta.[26] Tingkir Terminal is the main bus station in Salatiga, serving intercity buses.[27] The Tamansari Terminal serves angkot (share taxis), even though most of the angkot did not stop at the terminal.[28] The Semarang–Solo Toll Road section Bawen-Salatiga was inaugurated on 25 September 2017.[29] There is a plan to build a junction with the toll road at Pattimura Street, closer to the city centre than the current junction, to prevent Salatiga from becoming a dead city.[30][31]

Water supplyEdit

Clean water is supplied by PDAM Salatiga. The water comes from Kaliombo, Senjoyo, Kali Golek Senjoyo, and Kaligetak water springs.[32]


Tertiary educationEdit

Salatiga has several universities and colleges:[33]

  • Satya Wacana Christian University (UKSW), the largest university in Salatiga with 14 Faculties and 3 Doctoral studies, and 14,000 students and 300 faculty members.[citation needed] It was founded in 1956.[34]
  • State Institute for Islamic Studies Salatiga (IAIN Salatiga), an Islamic College specialising in Education. Now, the largest High Education Institution in Salatiga, which is accept up to 10.000 students per year with FIve Faculty (Fakultas Tarbiyah dan Ilmu Keguruan, Fakultas Ekonomi dan Bisnis Islam, Fakultas Syariah, Fakultas Dakwah, Fakultas Ushluhuddin, Adab dan Humaniora dan Sekolah Pascasarjana). Let's join us, Spirituality, Intellectuality, Professionalism[35]
  • Sekolah Tinggi Ilmu Ekonomi (STIE AMA), a private college specialising in Economics


There are 96 elementary schools,[36] 27 junior high schools,[37] 33 senior high schools,[38] and 19 vocational schools[38] in Salatiga. Schools in Salatiga are normally affiliated with the government, universities, or religious institutions. In the past, state-run schools are generally sought after for their quality and subsidised cost however this had changed significantly.[citation needed] Students also generally compete by using final examination grades and written examinations to enter the more popular schools.[citation needed]

Salatiga has one international English-speaking school at elementary and secondary level (Mountainview International Christian School).



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