The following is a comparison between Indonesia and Malaysia, two countries in Southeast Asia. Let’s read.
Indonesia and Malaysia – country comparison
Which country is larger in area, Indonesia or Malaysia?
Indonesia is the largest country in southeast Asia. It is more than 5.7 times larger than Malaysia.
- Area of Indonesia – approximately 1.9 million sq km
- Area of Malaysia – approximately 329,850 sq km
Which country is more populous, Indonesia or Malaysia?
Indonesia is more populated as well as more densely populated as compared with Malaysia.
- Population of Indonesia – over 275 million (2022)
- Population of Malaysia – 32.5 million (2020)
Are there more islands in Indonesia or Malaysia?
Indonesia ranks among the countries with the most islands. In southeast Asia, it has the highest number of islands.
- Number of islands in Indonesia – over 18,100
- Number of islands in Malaysia – 878
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|Area||approximately 1.9 million sq km||approximately 329,850 sq km|
|Population||over 275 million (2022)||32.5 million (2020)|
|Region||Southeast Asia and Oceania||Southeast Asia|
|Most spoken language||Indonesian language||Malaysian Malay|
|Most popular sport||Football and Badminton||Football and Badminton|
|Capital City||Jakarta||Kuala Lumpur|
|Largest City||Jakarta (Metro Population – 33.5 million/2021)||Kuala Lumpur (Metro Population – around 7.5 million/2020)|
|Currency||Indonesian Rupiah||Malaysian Ringgit|
|Highest mountain||Puncak Jaya (4,884 m)||Mount Kinabalu (4,095 m)|
|Type of government||Unitary presidential republic||Federal parliamentary constitutional monarchy|
|Life expectancy (UN/2021)||67.6||74.9|
|Largest Metropolitan area||Jakarta metropolitan area||Greater Kuala Lumpur|
|Number of Islands||over 18,100||878|
|Major Rivers||Kapuas, Solo, Musi, Mahakam, Barito, Mamberamo, etc||Rajang, Kinabatangan, Pahang, Perak, Baram, Muar, etc|
|National Animal||Komodo dragon||Malayan tiger|
|National Bird||Javan hawk-eagle||Rhino hornbills|
|National Flower||Melati putih (Jasminum sambac)||Hibiscus rosa-sinesis|
|Busiest Airport||Soekarno–Hatta International Airport (serves Jakarta metropolitan area)||Kuala Lumpur International Airport|