The Republic of Indonesia is located on 17,500 islands of the Malay Archipelago, the world's largest island group, and the western part of the island of New Guinea, with a population of 256 million people. The country's land area is 1.92 million square kilometres.
Its capital is Jakarta. Joko Widodo was elected the country's President in July 2014.
In 2015, the country's GDP reached $920 billion, with its foreign trade at $293 billion. In 2015, trade between Indonesia and Russia amounted to $1.96 billion.
Indonesia established diplomatic relations with Russia on 3 February 1950. The most promising areas for bilateral cooperation are high technologies and innovations (including nanotechnology), energy (nuclear power included), peaceful space exploration, aviation, oil and gas, raw materials processing, transport services, maritime infrastructure, shipbuilding, agriculture, medicine, pharmaceuticals, education and tourism.
The two countries have long arranged practical cooperation in the field of emergency response. EMERCOM of Russia provided assistance to Indonesia in search and rescue operations following the AirAsia flight crash off the coast of Sumatra in January 2015, and in extinguishing large-scale forest fires on the same island in October and November 2015.
Indonesia is the largest archipelagic state in the world and the country with the largest Muslim population, as 85 percent of Indonesians are Muslims. It is the largest producer of nutmeg and palm oil.
Every year about 100,000 Russian tourists visit the Indonesian island of Bali.