Maluku (province)

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Maluku Province
Provinsi Maluku
Flag of Maluku Province
Official seal of Maluku Province
Motto: Siwa Lima (Ambonese)
(Belongs together)
Location of Maluku in Indonesia
Location of Maluku in Indonesia
Coordinates: 3°42′18″S 128°10′12″E / 3.70500°S 128.17000°E / -3.70500; 128.17000Coordinates: 3°42′18″S 128°10′12″E / 3.70500°S 128.17000°E / -3.70500; 128.17000
Country Indonesia
Capital Ambon
 • Governor Said Assagaff
 • Total 46,914.03 km2 (18,113.61 sq mi)
Population (2014)[1]
 • Total 1,708,190
 • Density 36/km2 (94/sq mi)
Demographics[citation needed]
 • Ethnic groups Significantly mixed ethnicity; Melanesian, Kei (11%), Ambonese (11%), Buton (11%), Malays, Javanese, Chinese
 • Religion Islam (50,8%), Protestantism (41,6%), Catholicism (6,8%), Hinduism (0,4%), Buddhism (<0,1%), Confucianism (<0,1%), others (0,4%)[2]
 • Languages Indonesian, Ambonese, other languages
Time zone WIT (UTC+9)

Maluku Province (Indonesian: Provinsi Maluku) is a province of Indonesia. It comprises the central and southern regions of the Maluku Islands. The main city and capital of Maluku province is Ambon on the small Ambon Island. The province had a population of 1,533,506 at the 2010 Census, and the latest estimate (for January 2014) is 1,708,190.

All the Maluku Islands were part of a single province from 1950 until 1999. In 1999 the northern part of Maluku (then comprising the Maluku Utara Regency, the Halmahera Tengah Regency and the City of Ternate) were split off to form a separate province of North Maluku.

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1971 1,089,565 —    
1980 1,411,006 +29.5%
1990 1,857,790 +31.7%
1995 2,086,516 +12.3%
2000 1,205,539 −42.2%
2010 1,533,506 +27.2%
2014 1,708,190 +11.4%
Source: Badan Pusat Statistik 2010


The province of Maluku is currently divided into nine Regencies and the two Cities of Ambon and Tual, which form the tenth and eleventh Regency-level administrative divisions. The Regencies and Cities, with their administrative capitals, are listed below with their areas and their populations at the 2010 Census and at the latest (2014) Estimates:

Regency Capital Area (km²) Population
Maluku Tenggara Barat
(Western Southeast Maluku)
Saumlaki, in the
Tanimbar Islands
4,465.79 105,341 117,341
Maluku Barat Daya
(Southwest Maluku)
Tiakur, in the
Leti Islands[3]
4,581.06 70,714 78,769
Maluku Tenggara
(Southeast Maluku)
Langgur, in the
Kei Islands
1,031.81 96,442 107,428
Kota Tual (City of Tual)
(in the Kei Islands)
254.39 58,082 64,698
Kepulauan Aru
(Aru Islands)
Dobo 8,152.42 84,138 93,722
Maluku Tengah
(Central Maluku)
Masohi 7,953.81 361,698 402,900
Seram Bagian Barat
(West Seram)
Piru or
Dataran Hunipopu
4,046.35 164,654 183,412
Seram Bagian Timur
(East Seram)
Bula or
Dataran Hunimoa
6,429.88 99,065 110,350
Buru Namlea 4,932.32 108,445 120,798
Buru Selatan
(South Buru)
Namrole[4] 3,780.56 53,671 59,785
Kota Ambon
(City of Ambon)
298.61 331,254 368,987

List of major islands and island groups in Maluku[edit]

Maluku as the south part of the Maluku Islands

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Badan Pusat Statistik Provinsi Maluku, HASIL SENSUS PENDUDUK 2010 Agregat Data per Kabupaten/Kota Provinsi Maluku (Indonesian) Census results (retrieved 02 February 2011)
  2. ^ Data Sensus Penduduk 2010 - Badan Pusat Statistik Republik Indonesia (
  3. ^ UNDANG-UNDANG REPUBLIK INDONESIA NOMOR 31 TAHUN 2008 TENTANG PEMBENTUKAN KABUPATEN MALUKU BARAT DAYA DI PROVINSI MALUKU (Indonesian) (Law of the Indonesian Republic number 31 of the year 2008 on the establishment of Kabupaten Maluku Barat Daya in the Province Maluku)
  4. ^ UNDANG-UNDANG REPUBLIK INDONESIA NOMOR 32 TAHUN 2008 TENTANG PEMBENTUKAN KABUPATEN BURU SELATAN DI PROVINSI MALUKU (Indonesian) (Law of the Indonesian Republic number 32 of the year 2008 on the establishment of Kabupaten Buru Selatan in the Province Maluku)