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Indonesian

A language of Indonesia (Java and Bali)

ISO 639-3ind

Population  22,800,000 in Indonesia (2000). Population total all countries: 23,187,680.
Region  Widespread in Indonesia. Also in Netherlands, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, United States.
Alternate names   Bahasa Indonesia
Classification  Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Malayo-Sumbawan, North and East, Malayic, Malay
Language use  Official language. Over 140,000,000 L2 speakers.
Language development  Fully developed. Bible: 1974–2000.
Writing system  Arabic script. Latin script.
Comments  Reportedly modeled on Riau Malay [zlm] of northeast Sumatra. Has regional variants. Over 80% cognate with Standard Malay [zsm]. Muslim.