The World of Print is Flat Too! - Part Trois: Indonesia
The president is the head of government and is assisted by a cabinet that he appoints. The president and the vice president were elected by popular vote for the first time on September 20, 2004. While the President is the executive head, the Legislature consists of a 550-member House of Representatives (DPR) elected for a five-year term.
Demographic Trends: Indonesia has numerous related but distinct cultural and linguistic groups, many of which are ethnically Malay. Bahasa Indonesia (a form of Malay) is the national language; English is the most widely spoken foreign language. Education is compulsory for children through grade nine.
Although about 92% of eligible children are enrolled in primary school, a much smaller percentage attends full time. About 44% of secondary school-age children attend junior high school, and some others in this age group attend vocational schools.
Religious freedom is guaranteed by the constitution. The five religions recognized by the state are Islam (87%), Protestantism (6%), Catholicism (3%), Buddhism (2%), and Hinduism (1%). Hinduism, however, is the majority religion on the resort island of Bali with over 90% of the population being Hindus.