Mountains, rice fields and pile houses near Palu
|Motto: Maliu Ntinuvu (Palu)
(Unites All The Elements and The Potential that Exists)
Location of Central Sulawesi in Indonesia
|• Governor||Drs. H. Longki Djanggola, M.Si (Great Indonesia Movement Party)|
|• Total||61,841.29 km2 (23,877.06 sq mi)|
|• Density||43/km2 (110/sq mi)|
|• Ethnic groups||Butung (23%), Kaili (20%), Bugis (19%), Tolaki (16%), Muna (15%), Gorontaloan (7%)|
|• Religion||Islam (76.6%), Protestantism (17.3%), Roman Catholicism (3.2%), Hinduism (2.7%), Buddhism (0.16%)|
|• Languages||Indonesian (official)|
|Time zone||WITA (UTC+8)|
Central Sulawesi (Indonesian Sulawesi Tengah) is a province of Indonesia located at the centre of the island of Sulawesi. Its capital and largest city is Palu. The 2010 census recorded a population of 2,633,420 for the province.
Established in 1964, Central Sulawesi has an area of 61,841.29 km2 (23,877 sq mi). It is bordered by the provinces of Gorontalo to the north, West Sulawesi, South Sulawesi and South East Sulawesi to the south, by Maluku to the east, and by the Makassar Strait to the west.
Central Sulawesi is divided into ten regencies and one independent city (Palu), which are listed below with their (provisional) populations at the 2010 Census.
|Parigi Moutong Regency||6,232||*||413,645||Parigi|
|Sigi Regency||5,196||*||214,700||Sigi Biromaru|
|Tojo Una-Una Regency||#||137,880||Ampana|
|Banggai Islands Regency||141,175||171,685||Banggai|
- * The 2000 Census populations for Parigi Moutong Regency and Sigi Regency are included in the figure for Donggala Regency.
- # The 2000 Census population for Tojo Una-Una Regency is included in the figure for Poso Regency.
The decennial 2010 census recorded a population of 2,633,420 for the province, of which 1,349,225 are male. The population grew an average of 1.94% annually from the previous census.There is some sort of religion interaction problems in this area
|Source: Badan Pusat Statistik 2010|
Average annual population growth between 1990 and 2000 was 2.57% and 1.96% from 2000 to 2010.
Morowali Regency, Central Sulawesi is projected to be the biggest seaweed producer in Indonesia for the near future. The seaweed farming types are glaciria. In 2010, Central Sulawesi produced nearly 800,000 tons of seaweed.
Lore Lindu National Park
Lore Lindu National Park is in the highlands south of Palu,
There are over 400 granite megaliths in the area of the Lore Lindu National Park, of which about 30 represent human forms. They vary in size from a few centimetres to approximately4.5 metres (15 ft). The original purpose of the megaliths is unknown. Other megaliths are in form of large pots (Kalamba) and stone plates (Tutu'na). Various archaeological studies have dated the carvings from between 3000 BC to 1300 AD. The Islam reached the region in the 17th Century, short after the islamic avowal of Gowa, the powerful kingdom at the South part of the Sulawesi island. The Dutch colonial rule became established in the 18th Century and began the protestantic missionary of the population. About the quartier of them are now Protestant, which is the highest percentage over the Indonesien archipelago. After the japanese occupation in the Second world war, the Region belonged to the Province North Sulawesi and separated in 1964 to the new formed Province Central Sulawesi. Between 1999 and 2001 the Region has been plagued by inter religious violence between Moslems and Christians, where over 1,000 people were killed. The Malino II Accord was thus made in 2001. However, riots erupted again in September 2006 on the Christian dominated areas of Central Sulawesi, after the execution by firing squad of three Roman Catholics convicted of leading Christian militants during the violence of the early first decade of the 21st century.  The riots appeared to be aimed at government authorities, not Muslims.
Paragliding Open Tournament
In June 2011, an 'Indonesia Open' Paragliding Tournament in which 8 foreign countries participated was held in the province. The participating countries were Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Romania, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, France, Russia and the Philippines.
- Lindu, a group of four indigenous communities
- , Statistics Indonesia
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- Sangadji, Ruslan: C. Sulawesi's Lore Lindu park, home to biological wealth, The Jakarta Post, 5 June 2005, retrieved 11 October 2010
- BBC News: Executions spark Indonesia unrest, 22 September 2006