|Bangka-Belitung Islands Province
Provinsi Kepulauan Bangka Belitung
Downtown Pangkal Pinang, the largest town of the province
|Motto: Serumpun Sebalai (Malay)
(The same root, the same place)
Location of Bangka-Belitung in Indonesia
|• Governor||Rustam Effendi|
|• Vice Governor||Hidayat Arsani|
|• Total||16,424.14 km2 (6,341.40 sq mi)|
|• Density||74/km2 (190/sq mi)|
|• Ethnic groups||Malays (60%), Chinese (Mostly Hakka) (24%), Javanese (4%), Buginese (3%), Madurese (1%), Sundanese (1%)|
|• Religion||Muslim (72%), Buddhist (9.24%), Confucianism (5.25%), Protestantism (3.8%), Roman Catholicism (1.2%), Hindu (0.09%)|
|• Languages||Indonesian, Malay, Hakka (A variety of Chinese)|
|Time zone||WIB (UTC+7)|
The Bangka-Belitung Islands (Indonesian: Kepulauan Bangka Belitung) or (Chinese: 邦加-勿里洞省) is a province of Indonesia, previously a part of South Sumatra Province. Lying off Sumatra, the province comprises two main islands, Bangka and Belitung, and several smaller ones. In 2010 its population was 1,223,048. The capital is Pangkal Pinang.
The Bangka Strait separates Sumatra and Bangka, and the Gaspar Strait separates Bangka and Belitung. The South China Sea is to the north, the Java Sea is to the south, and the province is separated from Borneo in the east by the Karimata Strait.
The first Chinese (Mostly Hakka people) workers who came to Indonesia were mainly men. They began assimilating with local people and intermarriages followed, residents coexisting peacefully in spite of differences in religion and ethnicity. When anti-Chinese riots occurred in some parts of Indonesia in 1998 at the end of the Soeharto regime, local people and those of Chinese descent lived peacefully in the Bangka Belitung province.
According to the Indonesian Health Department, Bangka-Belitung is highly malarious area, with an annual malaria incidence rate of 29.3/1000 population.
|Pangkal Pinang City||118.80||145,945||174,838||159,689||Pangkal Pinang|
|Central Bangka Regency (Bangka Tengah)||2,126.36||133,380||161,075||152,645||Koba|
|South Bangka Regency (Bangka Selatan)||3,607.08||148,912||172,476||164,867||Toboali|
|West Bangka Regency (Bangka Barat)||2,820.61||147,855||175,110||164,555||Muntok|
|Belitung Regency||2,293.69||132,777||155,925||176,041||Tanjung Pandan|
|East Belitung Regency (Belitung Timur)||2,506.91||87,380||106,432||95,827||Manggar|
Bangka-Belitung Islands have many beaches and several small islands. Some beaches are famous for their natural attractiveness with blue sea waters, variety of coral reefs, white sand, and giant granite rock formations. Thus, Bangka-Belitung beaches have attracted tourists from around the world. The most well known beaches in Bangka Island are Pasir Padi, Matras, Parai Tenggiri, Tanjung Pesona, Rambak, Teluk Limau, Teluk Uber, Tanjung Penyusuk,Tanjung Kalian, and Tanjung Kerasak.
Whereas Belitung Island beaches are Tanjung Kiras, Tanjung Pendam, Tanjung Tinggi, Tanjung Kelayang Beach, Tanjung Binga, Panyaeran Beach, Tanjung Kubu, Teluk Gembira, and Tanjung Ru Beach. Most of the beaches in Belitung features the sites for diving, scuba, snorkeling, fishing and sailing.
|Source: Statistics Indonesia 2010|
- Central Bureau of Statistics: Census 2010, retrieved 17 January 2011 (Indonesian)
- Indonesia - Population by Region and Religion
- "Heaven on earth in Bangka Belitung". February 8, 2012.
- Indonesia Health Map 2007, Department of Health, Government of Indonesia.
- Somers Heidhues, Mary F.(1992)Bangka tin and Mentok pepper : Chinese settlement on an Indonesian island Singapore : Social Isuues in Southeast Asia, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. ISBN 981-3035-99-4