Provinces of Indonesia

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Provinces of Indonesia
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Category Province
Location Indonesia
  • 18 August 1945
PopulationsSmallest: 517,623 (South Papua)
Largest: 43,053,732 (West Java)
AreasSmallest: 664 km2 (256 sq mi) (Jakarta)
Largest: 153,564 km2 (59,291 sq mi) (Central Kalimantan)

Provinces of Indonesia are the 38 administrative divisions of Indonesia and the highest tier of the local government (formerly called first-level region provinces or provinsi daerah tingkat I). Provinces are further divided into regencies and cities (formerly called second-level region regencies and cities or kabupaten/kotamadya daerah tingkat II), which are in turn subdivided into districts (kecamatan).



Article 18 paragraph 1 of The 1945 Constitution states that "The Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia is divided into provincial regions and those provincial regions are divided into regencies and city, whereby every one of those provinces, regencies, and municipalities has its regional government, which shall be regulated by laws."

According to the Law on Regional Government (UU 23/2014) the authority of the Provincial Government includes:

  1. Development planning and control;
  2. Planning, utilization, and community peace;
  3. Implementation of public order and public peace;
  4. Provision of public facilities and infrastructure;
  5. Handling the health sector;
  6. Education and allocation of potential human resources;
  7. Handling social problems across districts/cities;
  8. Services in the field of manpower across districts/cities;
  9. Facilitating the development of cooperatives, small and medium enterprises, including across districts/cities;
  10. Environmental control;
  11. Defense services, including across districts/cities;
  12. Population and civil registration services;
  13. Government general administration services;
  14. Investment administration services, including across districts/cities;
  15. The implementation of other basic services that cannot be carried out by districts/cities; and
  16. Other mandatory affairs mandated by laws and regulations.

The authority of the provincial government are government affairs which are located across regencies/municipalities, government affairs whose users are across regencies/municipalities, government affairs whose benefits or negative impacts lie across regencies/municipalities, government affairs which use more resources. efficient if carried out by the province.

Each province has a local government, headed by a governor and a legislative body (DPRD). The governor and members of local representative bodies are elected by popular vote for five-year terms, but governors can only serve for two terms. The general election to elect members of the DPRDs is conducted simultaneously with the national general election. Previously, the general elections for Governor and Vice Governor were not held simultaneously. However, since 2015 regional head elections have been held simultaneously. Under the plan, simultaneous partial local elections will be held in February 2017, June 2018, December 2020, culminating in simultaneous elections for all local executive posts on November 2024 and then every five years.

Current provinces

After the creation of Southwest Papua, Indonesia now has 38 provinces. Twenty-nine ordinary provinces, and nine provinces that have special status. The 1945 constitution mentions that the state of Indonesia acknowledges and respects the special status of some of its regional governments. The special status is divided into two seperate characteristics which in Indonesian are "Istimewa" and "Khusus". The main meaning for both is special in English, however istimewa could also be translated to "privileged".

6 provinces in Indonesia that have special characteristics are:

One province has "privileged" characteristics.

Another province has both characteristics

Click on a province name to go to its main article

Geographical units

The provinces are officially grouped into seven geographical units for statistical and national planning purposes, but without administrative function. [1]

mid-2021 [2]
Sumatra 59,185,800
Java 152,787,800
Lesser Sunda Islands 15,140,400
Kalimantan 16,817,400
Sulawesi 20,077,000
Maluku Islands 3,161,800
Western New Guinea 5,512,300

Table of provinces

Provinces of Indonesia [3] [4]
Arms ProvinceIndonesian
ISO [5] CapitalPopulation
estimate) [6]
Area (km2)Density
Geographical unitNo. of cities &
No. of
No. of
Coat of arms of Aceh.svg Aceh AcehAcehID - AC5,333,70057,95677 Sumatra 23518
Coat of arms of Bali.svg Bali BaliBaliID - BA4,362,7005,780621 Lesser Sunda Islands 918
Coat of arms of Bangka Belitung Islands.svg Bangka Belitung Islands Kepulauan Bangka BelitungBabelID - BB1,473,20016,42464 Sumatra 716
Coat of arms of Banten.svg Banten BantenBantenID - BT12,061,5009,662909 Java 844
Coat of arms of Bengkulu.svg Bengkulu BengkuluBengkuluID - BE2,032,90019,91984 Sumatra 1019
Coat of arms of Central Java.svg Central Java Jawa TengahJatengID - JT36,742,50040,800894 Java 35629
Coat of arms of Central Kalimantan.svg Central Kalimantan Kalimantan TengahKaltengID - KT2,702,200153,56414 Kalimantan 14113
Central Papua Papua TengahPateng1,409,00066,12927 Western New Guinea 808
Coat of arms of Central Sulawesi.svg Central Sulawesi Sulawesi TengahSultengID - ST3,021,90061,84141 Sulawesi 13112
Coat of arms of East Java.svg East Java Jawa TimurJatimID - JI40,878,80047,799828 Java 38929
Coat of arms of East Kalimantan.svg East Kalimantan [7] Kalimantan TimurKaltimID - KI3,808,200127,26722 Kalimantan 1037
Coat of Arms of East Nusa Tenggara NEW.png East Nusa Tenggara Nusa Tenggara TimurNTTID - NT5,387,70048,71892 Lesser Sunda Islands 22121
Coat of arms of Gorontalo.svg Gorontalo GorontaloGorontaloID - GO1,181,00011,25794 Sulawesi 615
Coat of arms of Highland Papua Province.png Highland Papua Papua Pegunungan1,408,600108,47620 Western New Guinea 808
Coat of arms of Jakarta.svg Capital Special Region of Jakarta Daerah Khusus Ibukota JakartaDKI JakartaID - JK10,609,70066412,786 Java 651
Coat of arms of Jambi.svg Jambi JambiJambiID - JA3,585,10050,05857 Sumatra 1129
Coat of arms of Lampung.svg Lampung LampungLampungID - LA9,081,80034,623226 Sumatra 15213
Coat of arms of Maluku.svg Maluku MalukuMalukuID - MA1,862,60046,91432 Maluku Islands 1129
Coat of arms of North Kalimantan.svg North Kalimantan Kalimantan UtaraKaltaraID - KU713,60072,27510 Kalimantan 514
Coat of arms of North Maluku.svg North Maluku Maluku UtaraMalutID - MU1,299,20031,98231 Maluku Islands 1028
Coat of arms of North Sulawesi.svg North Sulawesi Sulawesi UtaraSulutID - SA2,638,60013,851162 Sulawesi 15411
Coat of arms of North Sumatra.svg North Sumatra Sumatra UtaraSumutID - SU14,936,20072,981188 Sumatra 33825
Coat of arms of Papua 2.svg Papua Papua [lower-alpha 2] PapuaID - PA1,020,20081,04914 Western New Guinea 918
Coat of arms of Riau.svg Riau RiauRiauID - RI6,493,60087,02352 Sumatra 12210
Coat of arms of Riau Islands.svg Riau Islands Kepulauan RiauKepriID - KR2,118,2008,201208 Sumatra 725
Coat of arms of Southeast Sulawesi.svg Southeast Sulawesi Sulawesi TenggaraSultraID - SG2,659,20038,06751 Sulawesi 17215
Coat of arms of South Kalimantan.svg South Kalimantan Kalimantan SelatanKalselID - KS4,122,60038,74496 Kalimantan 13211
South Papua Papua SelatanPasel517,600131,4934.1 Western New Guinea 404
Coat of arms of South Sulawesi.svg South Sulawesi Sulawesi SelatanSulselID - SN9,139,50046,717151 Sulawesi 24321
Coat of arms of South Sumatra.svg South Sumatra Sumatra SelatanSumselID - SS8,550,90091,59286 Sumatra 17413
Southwest Papua Papua Barat DayaPBD591,06938,82115 Western New Guinea 615
Coat of arms of West Java.svg West Java Jawa BaratJabarID - JB48,782,40035,3771,176 Java 27918
Coat of arms of West Kalimantan.svg West Kalimantan Kalimantan BaratKalbarID - KB5,470,800147,30730 Kalimantan 14212
Coat of arms of West Nusa Tenggara.svg West Nusa Tenggara Nusa Tenggara BaratNTBID - NB5,390,00018,572234 Lesser Sunda Islands 1028
Coat of arms of West Papua.svg West Papua Papua BaratPabarID - PB [8] 1,156,80097,0248 Western New Guinea 707
Coat of arms of West Sulawesi.svg West Sulawesi Sulawesi BaratSulbarID - SR1,436,80016,78773 Sulawesi 606
Coat of arms of West Sumatra.svg West Sumatra Sumatra BaratSumbarID - SB5,580,20042,012110 Sumatra 19712
Coat of arms of Yogyakarta.svg Special Region of Yogyakarta Daerah Istimewa YogyakartaDIYID - YO3,712,9003,1331,138 Java 514

Former provinces

Old map of Sumatra (1950).svg
Old map of Sulawesi (1960).svg
Three-province Sumatra (1948–56) (L) and two-province Sulawesi (1960–64) with present-day municipality borders

Upon the independence of Indonesia, eight provinces were established. West Java, Central Java, East Java, and Maluku still exist as of today despite later divisions, while Sumatra, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, and Nusa Tenggara, formerly Lesser Sunda (Sunda Kecil) were fully liquidated by dividing them into new provinces. The province of Central Sumatra existed from 1948 to 1957, while East Timor was annexed as a province from 1976 until its power transfer to UNTAET in 1999 prior to its independence as a country in 2002.

Sumatra [9] Bukittinggi / Medan 1945–1948 Central Sumatra
North Sumatra
South Sumatra
Kalimantan [10] Banjarmasin 1945–1956 East Kalimantan
South Kalimantan
West Kalimantan
Nusa Tenggara [11] Singaraja 1945–1958 Bali
East Nusa Tenggara
West Nusa Tenggara
Sulawesi [12] Makassar / Manado 1945–1960North-Central Sulawesi
South-Southeast Sulawesi
Central Sumatra
(Sumatra Tengah) [9] [13]
Bukittinggi 1948–1957 Jambi
West Sumatra
North-Central Sulawesi
(Sulawesi Utara-Tengah) [14]
Manado 1960–1964 North Sulawesi
Central Sulawesi
South-Southeast Sulawesi
(Sulawesi Selatan-Tenggara) [14]
Makassar 1960–1964 South Sulawesi
Southeast Sulawesi
East Timor
(Timor Timur) [15]
Dili 1976–1999 Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste

New provinces made from currently-existing provinces

New province
(current name)
YearNew province
(then name)
Province of origin
West Irian 1949, 1956, [16] 1963, 1969 Papua Maluku
Special Region of Yogyakarta 1950Yogyakarta Central Java
Aceh 1956Aceh North Sumatra
Central Kalimantan 1958Central Kalimantan South Kalimantan
Jakarta Special Capital Region 1959Greater Jakarta West Java
Lampung 1964Lampung South Sumatra
Bengkulu 1967BengkuluSouth Sumatra
North Maluku 1999North Maluku Maluku
Banten 2000BantenWest Java
Bangka Belitung Islands 2000Bangka Belitung IslandsSouth Sumatra
Gorontalo 2000GorontaloNorth Sulawesi
Riau Islands 2002Riau Islands Riau
West Papua 2003West Irian Jaya Irian Jaya
West Sulawesi 2004West Sulawesi South Sulawesi
North Kalimantan 2012North Kalimantan East Kalimantan
Central Papua 2022Central Papua Papua province
Highland Papua 2022Highland Papua Papua
South Papua 2022South Papua Papua
Southwest Papua 2022Southwest Papua West Papua

Renamed provinces

YearOld name
Old name
New name
New name
Current name
1954Sunda KecilLesser SundaNusa TenggaraNusa Tenggaranon-existent
1959AcehAcehDaerah Istimewa AcehAceh Special Region Aceh
1961Jakarta RayaGreater JakartaDaerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta RayaGreater Jakarta Special Capital Region Jakarta Special Capital Region
1973Irian BaratWest IrianIrian JayaIrian Jaya Papua
1990Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta RayaGreater Jakarta Special Capital RegionDaerah Khusus Ibukota JakartaJakarta Special Capital RegionJakarta Special Capital Region
2001Daerah Istimewa AcehAceh Special RegionNanggroë Aceh DarussalamState of Aceh, the Abode of PeaceAceh
2002Irian JayaIrian JayaPapuaPapuaPapua
2007Irian Jaya BaratWest Irian JayaPapua BaratWest Papua West Papua
2009Nanggroë Aceh DarussalamState of Aceh, the Abode of PeaceAcehAcehAceh
Old map of Maluku (before 1999).svg
Old map of Papua (before 2001).svg
Pre-1999 Maluku (L) and Irian Jaya (now Papua, R) with present-day municipality borders
Provinces in Western New Guinea, after the split of Papua Province into four provinces in July 2022 Indonesian administrative divisions in western New Guinea (as at July 2022).svg
Provinces in Western New Guinea, after the split of Papua Province into four provinces in July 2022

Former provincial capitals

See also


  1. Jakarta is a province-level Capital Special Region comprising five Kota Administrasis (administrative cities/municipalities) and one Kabupaten Administrasi (administrative regency).
  2. Since 25 July 2022 Papua Province has been reduced to just the northern part of Western New Guinea, plus three regencies in Cenderawasih Bay, with most of the previous parts of the province split off to form three new provinces. Figures have been adjusted to take account of this separation.

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