Indonesian language

official language of Indonesia
(Redirected from Bahasa Indonesia)

Indonesian language (Bahasa Indonèsia) is the national and official language of Indonesia and is used in the entire country. It is a form of the Malay language. It is the language of official communication, taught in schools and used for broadcast in electronic and digital media. Being the top multilingual (especially trilingual)[3][4] country in the world, most Indonesians also speak their own ethnic or native languages, with the most widely spoken being Javanese and Sundanese which consequently give huge influence into the Indonesian language itself.[5][6]

Bahasa Indonèsia (lit. Indonesian language)
Native to Indonesia
 Papua New Guinea
Native speakers
~300 million (2020)[1]
Over 140 million L2 speakers
Latin (Indonesian alphabet)
Official status
Official language in
Recognised minority
language in
 East Timor (Used when trading with Indonesia)[2]
 United Nations (used in UN peacekeeping missions)
Regulated byBadan Pengembangan dan Pembinaan Bahasa
Language codes
ISO 639-1id
ISO 639-2ind
ISO 639-3ind

With huge speakers throughout the country as well as by the diaspora who live abroad, Indonesian language is listed as one of the most spoken languages worldwide.[7] Indonesian language also officially taught and used in schools, universities, and institutions worldwide, especially in Australia, Netherlands, Japan, South Korea, Timor Leste, Vietnam, Taiwan, United States of America, United Kingdom, etc.[8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17]

Having a long-established historical ties with European countries since the colonialism era, some of Indonesian terms has absorbed into some European languages, mainly the Dutch and English.[18] Indonesian language itself also has numerous loanwords which derived from the European languages, mainly from the Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, and English. Indonesian language also has loanwords derived from Sanskrit, Chinese, and Arabic which diffused in Indonesian due to the trade and religious-based activities that had been done since ancient times within the Indonesian archipelago region.


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