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Indonesia City

Overview Indonesia

Insights into the regulations, traditions, and logistics of Indonesia.

Currency: IDR
Calling code: +62
Area: 1.905 million km²
Population: 249.9 million
Density: 144 per km²

1. Are there typical greeting rituals?

Superiors are often called "bapak" or "ibu", which means the equivalent of father or mother, sir or madam. We introduce ourself with a handshake especially in a business environment. Just remember to use right hand when interacting with people especially when giving and receiving things.

2. What business rules are to be followed?

Be friendly, humble and polite.

3. What advantages are there and which of these are actually true?

As with most group orientated cultures, hierarchy plays a major role in Indonesian culture. Hierarchical relationships are respected, emphasized and maintained. Respect is usually shown to those with status, power, position, and age. This can be seen in both the village and the office where the most senior is expected to make group decisions. Although those higher in the hierarchy make decisions, Indonesians are advocates of group discussion and consensus. This ties back to the idea of maintaining strong group cohesiveness and harmonious relationships.

4. What subjects are discussed during small talk?

Current situation including social life, politics, weather, also food.

5. What commodities play an important role in the country and to which countries does it export to and from which countries does it import from tze most part?

a. Export:
Animal or vegetable fats (including palm oil), Paper, rubber Asia, furniture and handicraft
To: South East Asia, Africa and Europe

b. Import:
Machinery and Parts for industrial used and FMCG
From: China, UK and Europe

6. What special logistics obstacles/difficulties are there on location?

Bureaucracy

7. What goods were the most exciting or unusual that were transported by Fr. Meyer's Sohn or of which you have heard?

Live Rhinos from South Africa to Indonesia

8. Are there traditional dishes that are eaten on specific holidays, for instance?

The end of the month of Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting. Mass prayers are held in mosques and large open areas around the country. Celebrated with the traditional dish ketupat (Traditional rice dish, cooked in coconut fronds).

Indonesia Landscape
[Translate to English:] Indonesien
9. What must absolutely be experienced or seen there?
  • The Komodo Dragons
  • Scuba/Snorkel
  • Borobudur
  • Mount Bromo and other Volcanoes
  • Beaches
  • Food & Coffee
    • Popular Indonesian dishes are Satay (like lamb or chicken skewers), Nasi Goreng (a fried rice plate with other foods added to it like fried eggs, vegetables, and chicken), Gudeg (a dish made from boiled young jackfruit, often served with rice, sambal sauce and chicken) and a national favorite, Sambal sauce - a spicy sauce that can be added to rice and many other dishes. 
      Indonesia is also one of the largest coffee producers in the world - the phrase "a cup of Java" actually comes from an Indonesian island of the same name, where the coffee comes from. They are also famous for Kopi Luwak, which is a coffee made from the feces of the Luwak - aka civet cat - that has eaten coffee beans and defecated them. Sounds gross but it is actually rare and the most expensive coffee.
      Bananas are very popular in Indonesia, which is no surprise knowing that the country is one of the top six producers of bananas in the world. If we don't have them for breakfast, we have them as a dessert, deep-fried (aka Pisang Goreng), drizzled with chocolate or served many other ways.
  • The People
Author
Nadine Kinscher-Masur

Corporate Head of Marketing at Fr. Meyer's Sohn

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