one of the four Greater Sunda Islands, governed by Indonesia

Sulawesi (formerly known as Celebes) is one of the four larger Sunda Islands of Indonesia, and is between Borneo and the Maluku Islands.

Topography of Sulawesi



Sulawesi is the world's eleventh-largest island, covering an area of 174,600 km2. The island is surrounded by Borneo to the west, by the Philippines to the north, by Maluku to the east, and by Flores and Timor to the south. It has a distinctive shape, dominated by four large peninsulas: the Semenanjung Minahassa; the East Peninsula; the South Peninsula; and the South-east Peninsula. The central part of the island is ruggedly mountainous, such that the island's peninsulas have traditionally been remote from each other, with better connections by sea than by road.

Major cities


These are the ten largest cities in Sulawesi by population in 2010.[1]

City, Province Population
Makassar, South Sulawesi 1,339,374
Manado, North Sulawesi 675,354
Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi 289,153
Palu, Central Sulawesi 335,297
Gorontalo, Gorontalo 1,097,990
Bitung, North Sulawesi 387,932
Palopo, South Sulawesi 148,033
Baubau, Southeast Sulawesi 137,118
Parepare, South Sulawesi 129,542
Kotamobagu, North Sulawesi 107,216


  1. "Indonesia: Provinces, Cities & Municipalities". City Population. Retrieved 2010-04-28.