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Southeast Sulawesi

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Country  Indonesia
Population  2.233 million (2010)
University  Haluoleo University
Languages spoken  Indonesian, Buton, Bugis
Area  38,140 km2
Capital  Kendari
Governor  Saleh Lasata

Southeast Sulawesi (Indonesian: , Sultra for short) is a province of Indonesia on the island of Sulawesi, forming the southeastern peninsula of that island, together with a number of large offshore islands such as Buton, Muna, Kabaena and Wawonii, plus smaller islands and islets. The capital of the province is Kendari, on the east coast of the peninsula.


Map of Southeast Sulawesi

The province has no highway connecting it to the rest of the island, and the primary transportation link is a ferry across the Bone Gulf between Watampone (Bone) in South Sulawesi and the port of Kolaka in Southeast Sulawesi.


The unrevised population of the province was 1,771,951 in the Indonesia 2000 census), increasing to 2,230,569 for the 2010 decennial censuscomprising 1,120,225 males, and 1,110,344 females. Kolaka, Muna and Konawe Selatan were the 3 most populous regencies. The latest official estimate (for January 2014) is 2,417,962.

Most of the population is centered on Buton and Muna islands off the south coast of Sulawesi, and in and around Kendari.

Ethnic groups

The main ethnic groups in Southeast Sulawesi are "Tolaki", "Buton", "Muna" etc.

Administrative divisions

Southeast Sulawesi is divided into twelve regencies (including the new East Kolaka Regency and Konawe Islands Regency, both established in 2013 from parts of Kolaka Regency and Konawe Regency respectively) and two autonomous cities, listed below with their (provisional) populations at the 2010 Census and according to the latest official estimates (for January 2014), although the latter do not take account of the new regencies created since 2010:

In 2012-13 the Indonesian Government enacted the creation of 11 new Regencies and Municipalities, including the following in Southeast Sulawesi:

  • Konawe Islands Regency
  • East Kolaka Regency

On 24 June 2014, the Indonesian Parliament agreed to create three new regencies: West Muna Regency, South Buton Regency and Central Buton Regency based on consideration of technical, administrative, area, strategic and geopolitic factors.

  • South Buton Regency
  • Central Buton Regency
  • West Muna Regency

Under discussion is a proposal to create an additional municipality of Raha. These five new regencies created since 2010, and the potential extra municipality, are not separated in the table above.

Sail Wakatobi-Belitung 2011

Sail Wakatobi-Belitung 2011 (SWB 2011) was the biggest international marine event in Indonesia, following Sail Banda 2010 and Sail Bunaken 2009. The rally started from Darwin, Australia on July 23 and finished in Singapore. In Indonesia it passed through 21 districts and cities.


Southeast Sulawesi in the past, History of Southeast Sulawesi

From the seventeenth century until the early twentieth century, the region was the site of the Buton sultanate (Butung).


Southeast Sulawesi Beautiful Landscapes of Southeast Sulawesi

The two major mountain ranges in Southeast Sulawesi are the Tanggeasinua Range and the Mekongga Range. The major rivers are the Lalinda, the Lasolo, and the Sampara.


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