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 (2010)[1]
 • Total 1,531,402
 • Density 33/km2 (85/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 has a population of 1,531,402 (2010).[citation needed]

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%
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 as follows:

Regency Capital Area (km²) Population (2010)[1]
Maluku Tenggara Barat (Western Southeast Maluku Regency) Saumlaki, in the Tanimbar Islands 10,451.94 105,394
Maluku Barat Daya (Southwest Maluku Regency) Tiakur, in the Leti Islands[3] 4,581.06 70,372
Maluku Tenggara (Southeast Maluku Regency) Langgur, in the Kei Islands 3,410.61 96,429
Kota Tual (City of Tual)
(in the Kei Islands)
254.39 58,073
Kepulauan Aru (Aru Islands Regency) Dobo 6,269.00 83,977
Maluku Tengah (Central Maluku Regency) Masohi 11,595.57 361,287
Seram Bagian Barat (West Seram Regency) Piru or Dataran Hunipopu 4,046.35 164,654
Seram Bagian Timur (East Seram Regency) Bula or Dataran Hunimoa 3,952.08 99,033
Buru (Buru Regency) Namlea 5,466.44 108,235
Buru Selatan (South Buru Regency) Namrole[4] 3,780.56 53,593
Kota Ambon (City of Ambon) 377.00 330,355

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)