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.
These are the ten largest cities in Sulawesi by population in 2010.
|Makassar, South Sulawesi||1,339,374|
|Manado, North Sulawesi||675,354|
|Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi||289,153|
|Palu, Central Sulawesi||335,297|
|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|