For hundreds of years Indonesia has struggled against colonial rule, it's people have suffered immensely in the past. Then, on August 17, 1945, Indonesia declared its independence from the Netherlands.
Today, Indonesia is the fourth most populous country in the world. It is also the most populous Muslim-majority country in the world. Yet throughout most of the country there is religious tolerance that allows Christians, Hindus and Buddhists and other religions to live side by side with Islam.
Indonesia is developing fast. The potential is huge, and while currently it may seem to lag behind such neighbours as Singapore and Malaysia, I believe with much certainty that Indonesia will surpass the success of many of it's neighbours. I truly believe in Indonesia.
Nobody can deny that the people are friendly and warm, the food is amazing, the scenery is stunning, and the skills of it's people in hand crafting one of the best. One only has to turn to Bali or Jogjakarta to see this.
But Indonesia is also inexpensive compared to it's neighbours. The cost of living is relatively low, private schooling is far less expensive than it's neighbours, food products are cheaper, and eating out in restaurants costs about a third that is costs in neighbouring Malaysia. Transportation is also not expensive and medical treatment is no more expensive and often much cheaper than it's neighbours.
If you consider the cost of retiring to Indonesia against the cost of retiring in either Singapore or Malaysia, and the ease of doing it, then Indonesia wins hands down by a mile. Today's immigration service is nothing like in the past. Today they are friendly, helpful and honest. Similarly, when dealing with other Government departments which these days often require online applications, funny business is pretty much a thing of the past.
Why do I love Indonesia? For all the above reasons, and because I married an Indonesian girl many years ago and was accepted into their family and am as close to them as my own family back home. But the fact that having lived in so many countries around the world, I decided to move to Indonesia where I see a long future for my family is reason enough to say that Indonesia is a truly wonderful place to live, perhaps even the best.