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What it Really Means to Localize Your Business in Indonesia

Some founders looking to localize in Indonesia think it’s as easy as getting your PR manager to translate your website. This couldn’t be further from the truth....

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The Gap Between Public and Private Education in Indonesia

By and large, expats in Indonesia send their kids to private international schools. If your family is coming from a semi-developed market with a halfway decent education...

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What Kind of Salary Can a Foreigner Expect in Indonesia?

It’s a common question that many soon-to-be expats bound for the archipelago ask: “How much money can I expect to earn in Indonesia?” If this is something you’re...

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Changes in Immigration Rules: New Paradigm or Business as Usual?

Should the government’s changes to the immigration process – particularly the use of formality agents for visas and stay permit applications – be a cause...

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Despite Protests in Bali, Benoa Bay Reclamation Project Moves Ahead Legally

The Benoa Bay reclamation by PT Tirta Wahana Bali International has drawn fervent protests. But the project looks to be legal, and will be underway shortly. Although...

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Indonesia’s Anti-LGBT Sentiments are Diverting Attention from the Problems at Hand

Indonesia’s sudden uproar of anti-LGBT sentiment could be a tactic used by the government to divert public attention away from the nation’s real problems.   ...

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Valentine’s Day

Indonesia’s top Islamic authority deems Valentine’s Day haram (forbidden) on the grounds that it is an infidel celebration promoting sexual promiscuity. It’s...

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Tintin in Indonesia

  Belgian reporter Tintin is one of the world’s most enduring comic book characters, especially in Indonesia, which was the setting for his 22nd adventure, Flight...

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Stars over Bali

From time immemorial humans have been transfixed by the heavens. The oldest map of the night sky, found in Germany in 1979, is of the Orion constellation carved on a...

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A Decade Gone and Bali’s Spirit Lives On

It was 10 years ago this month that people’s perceptions of the island of Bali changed forever. The idyllic island of the Gods, the artists of the 1930s, the hippies...

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Something Wicked This Way Comes

Belief in black magic is a psychological condition that afflicts millions of people who are susceptible to the power of suggestion because they have been raised to...