Samiksha Jaiswal

Malinau Regency

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Country  Indonesia
Area  39,800 kmĀ²
Province  North Kalimantan
Area code(s)  +62 553
Population  62,423 (2010)
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Time zone  Central Indonesian Time (UTC+8)

Malinau Regency is a regency of North Kalimantan Province in Indonesia. The administrative centre is the town of Malinau. Malinau is also often called Earth Intimung. The district is home to the Kayan Mentarang National Park.


Map of Malinau Regency, North Kalimantan, Indonesia


The regency is divided into twelve districts (kecamatan), tabulated below with their 2010 Census population.


Malinau was originally a residential area inhabited by the Tidung ethnic group. Based on information from Tidung community leaders, the name Malinau originated when the Dutch settled an area formerly known as Desa (village) Selamban. At the time Desa Selamban was inhabited by the Tidung Tribe, while across the Kabiran river the village Pelita Canaan was inhabited by the Dayak Abai tribe. When the Dutch arrived in the Desa Selamban they met a group of Abai who were harvesting sago from the sago palm, and asked the name of the river that ran between the two villages. The Abai did not understand the questions, and assumed the Dutch wanted to know what they were working on. One of the Abai said "Mal Inau" which means harvesting sago in the local Abai language; "mal" meaning making, while "inau" means tree. Thus the name Malinau was born. A map of the area made during the colonial period called the local river "the Malinau", and the area has been known as Malinau since.

As people migrated into the area Desa Selamban eventually grew much larger and became a town, renamed Malinau. When Bulungan Regency was divided in 1999, Malinau became the administrative centre of the newly formed Malinau Regency. In December 2012, Malinau Regency became part of the new province of North Kalimantan.

Ethnic Groups

There are a number of indigenous groups in Malinau, namely:

  • Tidung
  • Kenyah
  • Burusu
  • Tagal
  • Merap
  • Punan
  • Lun Bawang / Lun Dayeh
  • Abbay
  • Murut
  • References

    Malinau Regency Wikipedia

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