North Kalimantan

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This article is about an Indonesian province. For the historical proposed political entity, see North Borneo Federation.
North Kalimantan
Kalimantan Utara
Official seal of North Kalimantan
Motto: Benuanta
North Kalimantan in Indonesia
North Kalimantan in Indonesia
Country Indonesia
Capital Tanjung Selor
Largest city Tarakan
 • Acting Governor Irianto Lambrie
 • Total 75,467.70 km2 (29,138.24 sq mi)
Population (2014)
 • Total 607,729
 • Density 8.1/km2 (21/sq mi)
 • Ethnic groups Tidung, Bulungan, Banjar, Dayak, Bugis and Tausūg
 • Languages Indonesian (official), Tidung, and Dayak
Time zone WITA (UTC+8)

North Kalimantan (Indonesian: Kalimantan Utara) is a province of Indonesia. It is located on the Indonesian part of the island of Borneo. The territory now comprising the province had a population of approximately 525,000 according to the 2010 census;[1] the latest official estimate (for January 2014) is 607,729.

North Kalimantan borders the Malaysian states of Sabah to the north and Sarawak to the west, and by the Indonesian province of East Kalimantan to the south.

Formed on 25 October 2012, it is the newest province in Indonesia. It covers 75,467.7 square kilometres. The province's territory was previously part of East Kalimantan.[2]


Tarakan Airport on the eponymous island serves the province, as well as an international ferry port with services to Malaysia from Tawau. There are no international land crossings – entrance into the mainland of the province is by ferry from Tarakan or by road from the south. Large stretches of the roads in this province are of unpaved muddy ditches.


North Kalimantan is divided into four regencies (kabupaten) and one city (kota):

Name Area (km2) Population
2010 Census[3]
2014 estimate
Bulungan Regency 13,925.72 112,663 130,502 Tanjung Selor
Malinau Regency 42,620.70 62,580 72,489 Malinau
Nunukan Regency 13,841.90 140,841 163,141 Nunukan
Tana Tidung Regency 4,828.58 15,202 17,609 Tideng Pale
Tarakan City 250.80 193,370 223,988 Tarakan City
Totals 75,467.70 524,656 607,729 Tanjung Selor

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Biro Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2011.
  2. ^ House Agrees on Creation of Indonesia's 34th Province: 'North Kalimantan'
  3. ^ Biro Pusat Statistik, Jakarta.

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Coordinates: 3°24′54″N 116°27′48″E / 3.4151°N 116.4633°E / 3.4151; 116.4633