Facts about Independence Day

Marks Indonesia's declaration of independence from the Netherlands in 1945.

To mark the day, here are 12 interesting facts about Independence Day.

Indonesia is the largest island nation on Earth. Independence Day Facts

Indonesia is the fourth most populous country on earth. Independence Day Facts

Java is the world’s most populous island. Independence Day Facts

Two-thirds of the 17,508 islands that make up Indonesia are uninhabited. Independence Day Facts

The Eruption of Krakatoa in Indonesia in 1883 is believed to be the loudest sound ever heard in recorded history. Independence Day Facts

There’s a volcano in Indonesia that erupts blue lava. Independence Day Facts

The national animal is the komodo dragon, the world's largest lizard. Independence Day Facts

Marco Polo was the first European to visit Indonesia, in 1292. Independence Day Facts

Borobudur is the largest Buddhist temple in the world. Built in the 9th century, it is composed of over two million blocks. Independence Day Facts

Indonesia has the second highest level of biodiversity in the world after Brazil, with more endemic species than anywhere else except Australia. Independence Day Facts

The national mystical animal of Indonesia is the Garuda. It is a golden bird that can be seen on Indonesia’s national emblem. Independence Day Facts

The Indonesian volcano, Mount Tambora, erupted in 1816. The eruption was so intense, it altered the climate so it was incredibly cold throughout the year. 1816 is known as The Year Without A Summer. Independence Day Facts
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