North Kayong Regency

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North Kayong
Kayong Utara
Regency
Country  Indonesia
Province West Kalimantan
Capital Sukadana
Government
 • Regent Hildi Hamid
Area
 • Total 4,568.26 km2 (1,763.82 sq mi)
Population (2014)
 • Total 98,866
 • Density 22/km2 (56/sq mi)
Time zone WIB (UTC+7)
Website http://www.kayongutarakab.go.id

North Kayong Regency is a regency of West Kalimantan province in Indonesia. It covers an area of 4,568.26 sq.kms, and had a population of 95,594 at the 2010 Census;[1] the latest official estimate (as at January 2014) is 98,866. The principal town lies in Sukadana. The nearest airport is Ketapang Airport.

Dragon dance liong at Sukadana

History[edit]

North Kayong Regency was created in 2007, following a federal government decision to split the area off from the Ketapang Regency.

Administrative Districts[edit]

The North Kayong Regency consists of five districts (kecamatan), tabulated below with their populations at the 2010 Census[2] and their administrative centres:

District Population
2010 Census[3]
Pulau Maya Karimata 16,619
Sukadana 21,407
Simpang Hilir 28,249
Teluk Batang 19,147
Seponti 10,172

Economy[edit]

The main industries consists in the production of palm oil, rubber and wood.

Education[edit]

The current political leadership has made commitments to provide free education and health care to all residents and primary and secondary school fees that are paid elsewhere in Indonesia have been waived. There are no institutes of higher education. The Regency is currently developing a polytechnic.

Health[edit]

The local government provides free public health care through clinics throughout the province, including a ‘floating clinic’ based on a boat to serve the islands off the west coast of the regency. A privately run clinic is operated by the NGO ASRI in Sukadana town. The nearest hospitals are in the neighboring regency of Ketapang.

Demographics[edit]

North Kayong has a minority population of Chinese with the majority being native. Most Chinese residents in North Kayong are of either Teochew or Hakka. The native Indonesians living there are mainly of Malay descent. In regards to speech, most citizens of North Kayong incorporate a type of Malay accent in their Indonesian, which is somewhat similar to that used in Malaysia.

Chinese lion dance at Chinese temple

Transportation[edit]

The nearest airport is Rahadi Osman Ketapang. The airport has some connecting flights to Pontianak, Semarang via Pangkalan Bun, and Jakarta. Boats from Sukadana, Teluk Melano and Teluk Batang run daily to Pontianak.

Places[edit]

Pulau Datok beach

Hotels[edit]

The largest hotel is the Makhota Kayong in Sukadana.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Biro Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2011.
  2. ^ Biro Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2011.
  3. ^ Biro Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2011.