Indonesia Names New Capital “Nusantara”

The photo shows a rural area of East Kalimantan, near where the new capital will be built. (Aidenvironment, 2005, CC BY-SA 2.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons)

Indonesia will move its political capital from Jakarta on the island of Java and build a new city on the island of Borneo. The new capital now under construction will receive the name “Nusantara” which means, “archipelago.” The city could be ready by the end of 2024.

Jakarta suffers from severe overcrowding, with congested traffic and a significant waste problem. The city is also sinking into the ocean at a rate of 25 centimeters per year.

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Bruce Allen with FMI says, “When Jakarta was designed, it was only designed to handle a few million people. The plan that has been talked about for many years was that they would divide the capital in two. The administrative, or the political side of the capital, would move to a totally different island, and yet the economic capital would remain in Jakarta.”

Allen compares the arrangement to the United States. Washington D.C. serves as the political capital, but the money flows through New York City.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller


  • Pray for a strong Church presence in Indonesia’s new capital city.

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