Jakarta is the capital and largest city of Indonesia. Jakarta's economy depends heavily on financial service, trade, and manufacturing. Industry includes electronics, automotive, chemicals, mechanical engineering and biomedical sciences manufacturing. Indonesia is in South Eastern Asia, archipelago between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. Tropical; hot, humid; more moderate in highlands. Mostly coastal lowlands; larger islands have interior mountains. The official language is Bahasa Indonesia. English is also spoken by the educated elite and large numbers of the middle classes in the major cities with varying degrees of fluency. A few members of the older generation speak Dutch. The main religion is Islam. The economy of Indonesia is the largest economy in Southeast Asia, is one of the emerging market economies of the world, and is also a member of G-20 major economies. It has a market-based economy in which the government plays a significant role by owning more than 164 state-owned enterprises and administers prices on several basic goods, including fuel, rice, and electricity. Most Indonesians, especially Javanese, tend to avoid confrontation. As a result, it is considered impolite to contradict other people, especially guests. They may therefore avoid saying 'no' when in fact they mean "no". Expatriate business dress is relatively casual because of the climate. Expatriates should however dress conservatively. The security risk for expatriates in Indonesia varies considerably across the country, but is generally medium, however Maluku, Aceh, Papua, and West Papua carry a higher risk. Risks include violent and non-violent crime, risks associated with protest action, and terrorism. Other risks include natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, flooding and volcanic eruptions. The population in Jakarta is 30.326 Mil (2015 est.), while the inflation rate is 6.25% (2015 est.).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates in In Jakarta, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized follows (Exact cost of living percentages only available in personalised reports): Jakarta as at 1 January 2016 is average in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very High 2) Clothing: Low 3) Communication: Very Low 4) Education: Very Low 5) Furniture & Appliances: Low 6) Groceries: Average 7) Healthcare: Low 8) Household Accommodation: High 9) Miscellaneous: Low 10) Personal Care: Very Low 11) Recreation & Culture: Very Low 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Low 13) Transport: Low Jakarta is for example -7.9% cheaper than Douglas for groceries, 16.5% more expensive for household costs than Israel, and -32.2% cheaper for transport costs than Jerusalem. The hardship premium for Jakarta for an expat from Kobe, is for example 10%, i.e. host location (Jakarta) premium of 30% minus home (Kobe) location premium of 20%. Jakarta is ranked as a high degree of hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship or expat pay in Jakarta? Register subscribe to your home location and Jakarta and run your personalised reports.