Indonesia is located in Southeast Asia, archipelago between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean.
Population: 248,645,008 (July 2012 est.)
Capital City: Jakarta
Climate: Tropical; hot, humid; more moderate in highlands
Time difference: UTC+7 (12 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Source: CIA World Fact Book
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