Rising sea levels prompt Indonesia to relocate the capital

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On 18th January 2022 Indonesia’s parliament passed a law approving the relocation of its capital from slowly sinking Jakarta to a site 2,000 kilometers away on the jungle-clad Borneo island.

  • The new capital will be named “Nusantara”
  • The new capital will cover about 56,180 hectares in East Kalimantan province on the Indonesian part of Borneo.
  • This was first proposed by President Joko Widodo in April 2019, citing rising sea levels due to climate change and severe congestion on densely populated Java island.

About Indonesia

Indonesia officially the Republic of Indonesia is a country in Southeast Asia and Oceania between the Indian Ocean and Pacific ocean. 

  • It consists of over 17,000 islands, making it the world's largest island country
  • Indonesia is the most populous Muslim-majority country in the world . 
  • Java, the world's most populous island, is home to more than half of the country's population.
  • Indonesia is a presidential, constitutional republic with an elected legislature. 
  • The country's capital, Jakarta, is the world's second-most populous urban agglomeration after Tokyo-Yokohama, Japan.
  • Delhi, India is the third-most populous urban agglomeration in the world.
  • Official language - Indonesian
  • Legislature - People's Consultative Assembly (MPR)
  • Currency - Indonesian Rupiah

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