The Indonesian-Bahasa Language
Used as a tool to unite their country when they declared their independence, the Indonesian-Bahasa language, spoken by an estimated 210 million people, is the official language of Indonesia. Surprisingly, many of its people don’t speak Indonesian as their first language. More commonly, in everyday conversation, Javanese or Sudanese are spoken, and Indonesian is taught in schools. It is also the official language for politics, administration, and business, which allows the language to continue to serve as a unifying element for its people. Indonesian-Bahasa speakers also reside in the Netherlands, the Philippines, Australia, Saudi Arabia, and the United States.