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Henrik Olsen

"I was amazed how many other members in Jakarta share the same interests as me. And some of them come from Norway, too ! "

Megan Turner

"It's a really helpful site: Via InterNations, we found an international playgroup for our kids (6 and 8 years old) here in Jakarta."

Our Friendly Community of Expats in Jakarta Welcomes You!

Selamat datang, and a warm welcome to our expat community in Jakarta, the rich and vibrant capital city of Indonesia. As an exclusive network for expatriates around the globe, InterNations is your platform to navigate the adventures and challenges of relocating to this thriving Southeast Asian city. We offer a wide variety of resources to make adapting to life in Jakarta as easy and pleasurable as possible. We're a growing community, so please feel free to contribute to this section with your own recommendations and experiences! When you join InterNations, you'll find answers to a range of key concerns, such as how to adapt to Jakarta's conservative culture, where the best places to live are, and how to get the best out of Jakarta's healthcare system. We pride ourselves on facilitating a friendly, inclusive expat community at InterNations, and our members are always happy to offer advice and support for any issues you may be facing. Our goal is not simply to connect you to your fellow travelers, but to help you to integrate fully into the Indonesian way of life. A fascinating and multi-faceted city, Jakarta offers everything from the bustling traditional markets of Pasar Baru and Pasar Tanah Abang to the sleek modern shopping malls of Plaza Indonesia and Senayan City, plus a rich and diverse nightlife and nearby national parks housing some of Indonesia's most distinctive flora and fauna.

With InterNations, you never stand alone. Whether you move to another city or go on a business trip somewhere — our communities are there to make you feel at home wherever you are in the world. Feel free to also check out our other vibrant InterNations Communities like the ones in Riyadh or Amsterdam.

Join Our Exciting Events in Jakarta

Attend our monthly events and activities for Jakarta expatriates to get to know like-minded expatriates in real life.

Find More Information in Our Jakarta Expat Guides

  • Moving to Jakarta

    Moving to Jakarta will take you to a bustling city, complete with skyscrapers and traffic jams. Indeed, Jakarta is often considered to be the “Big Apple” of Southeast Asia. Our guide on moving to Jakarta will help you with your move by providing you with advice on housing, education, visas and more.
  • Living in Jakarta

    As an expat living in Jakarta, you will be living in Indonesia’s largest city. With over ten million inhabitants, Jakarta is a metropolis with international flair. Read the InterNations Guide on Jakarta for more information on Southeast Asia’s “Big Apple,” from culture to healthcare.
  • Working in Jakarta

    Are you thinking of working in Jakarta, also known as the “Big Durian” or “Big Apple”? Indonesia’s capital and largest city, as well as its economic and political center, has plenty of job opportunities. Our guide on working in Jakarta provides info on the economy, visas and health.

Exchange Tips about living in Jakarta

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Read Up on Expat Life in Jakarta

A sprawling metropolis housing over 12 million people, Jakarta is a colorful and multifaceted city with a great deal to recommend to the adventurous expat. Traditional Indonesian culture routinely rubs shoulders with Western-style shopping malls and nightclubs, making for a uniquely blended experience. Many expats who settle in the city initially move here for work-related reasons — Indonesia is South Eastern Asia's largest economy and as such Jakarta is one of the main business hubs of the region. As a nation rich in natural resources, mining and agriculture play a large role in the Indonesian economy, but electronics, manufacturing, and mechanical engineering are also big business — alongside tourism and service delivery. The sheer scale and activity of this city can be a little intimidating at first, but once you settle into the rhythm of Jakarta, you'll find it to be a fascinating and rewarding place to live.

InterNations is the largest global network for expatriates, with communities in 390 cities across the globe. Get to know fellow internationals in your city, before you're moving, or when traveling somewhere and never feel like a stranger. InterNations makes it easy for you to stay in touch with your expat friends, both online and offline, so you can grow your network of friends and contacts from all over the world. Whether they live in Khobar (Eastern Prov.) or Beijing, InterNations allows you to be close to them even if they are miles away.

Build Your Expat Network in Jakarta with InterNations!

InterNations is a unique community that is built on the principles of trust, respect, and friendly exchange between members, creating a safe platform for you to interact with fellow expats, both online and in real life. Feel free to ask questions and share your experiences of all aspects of life in Jakarta, from finding suitable accommodation to getting around the different parts of the city. If you're looking to meet new people, Jakarta's sizeable expat community means there are many opportunities for socializing, including voluntary work with local charities, sports and leisure activities, and outdoor adventures in nearby areas such as Mount Galunggung and Ujung Kulon National Park. Don't forget to check out InterNations' special social events, where expats will have the chance to gather together to share their stories over delicious food and drinks with live entertainment, special discounts, and more!

Henrik Olsen

"I was amazed how many other members in Jakarta share the same interests as me. And some of them come from Norway, too ! "

Megan Turner

"It's a really helpful site: Via InterNations, we found an international playgroup for our kids (6 and 8 years old) here in Jakarta."

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