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Jakarta: Capital of Indonesia
Jakarta, officially the Special Capital Region of Jakarta, is the capital and largest city of Indonesia. On the northwest coast of the world's most-populous island of Java, it is the centre of economy, culture and politics of Indonesia with a population of 10,770,487 in the city as of 2020. Although Jakarta only covers 699.5 square kilometres (270.1 sq mi), the smallest among any Indonesian provinces, its metropolitan area covers 6,392 square kilometres (2,468 sq mi), and is the world's second-most populous urban area after Tokyo, with a population of about 35.934 million as of 2020. Jakarta's business opportunities, as well as its potential to offer a higher standard of living, have attracted migrants from across the Indonesian archipelago, making it a melting pot of numerous cultures. Jakarta is nicknamed the "Big Durian", the thorny strongly-odored fruit native to the region, seen as the Indonesian equivalent of the "Big Apple".

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Tens of thousands of Indonesians protest over new labour law [Video]

Tens of thousands of Indonesians protest over new labour law

Police tried to stop the demonstrations from spreading to the capital Jakarta by blocking factory workers who planned to take part.

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Clashes in Jakarta over Indonesia's new labour law [Video]

Clashes in Jakarta over Indonesia's new labour law

Protesters clashed with police in Jakarta as thousands of students and workers staged rallies across Indonesia on Thursday in opposition to a new law they say will cripple labour rights and harm the..

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Drone footage shows Jakarta cemetery near capacity [Video]

Drone footage shows Jakarta cemetery near capacity

Pondok Ranggon cemetery located in East Jakarta is one of the funeral complexes designated by the Jakarta government as a grave for Covid-19 victims, in addition to another tomb located in West Jakarta..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:54Published
Indonesia: Lockdowns back in capital as hospitals near capacity [Video]

Indonesia: Lockdowns back in capital as hospitals near capacity

Jakarta reintroduces lockdown to try to reduce strain on its health system as it tries to cope with the coronavirus.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:31Published
A river runs through it: 3D art adds some cheer amid virus gloom in Indonesia [Video]

A river runs through it: 3D art adds some cheer amid virus gloom in Indonesia

A 300-metre long 3D artwork adds beauty and serenity to a neighbourhood in Jakarta. The artists from the independent 'Komunitas Perupa Jakarta' were keen to liven the mood during the ongoing..

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:50Published

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