Betawi people

Betawi people
Betawi wedding costume demonstrate both Middle Eastern (groom) and Chinese (bride) influences.
Total population
6,807,968 (2010 census)[1]
Regions with significant populations
 Indonesia (Jakarta: 2,700,722)[1]
 Brunei (Bandar Seri Begawan: 920)
Betawi, Indonesian
Sunni Islam (predominantly), Christianity
Related ethnic groups
Sundanese, Javanese, Balinese, Malay, Tionghoa, Ambonese, Cocos Malays

Betawi people or Betawis (Orang Betawi in Indonesian, meaning "people of Batavia") are an Austronesian ethnic group native to the city of Jakarta and its immediate outskirts, as such often described as the native inhabitants of the city.[2] They are the descendants of the people who inhabited Batavia (the colonial name of Jakarta) from during the 17th century.[3][4]

However, the term "native" itself is questionable, since the Betawi people emerged in the 18th century as an amalgamation of various immigrant ethnic groups into Batavia.[5]


The name "Betawi" is derived from Batavia, the old colonial name of Jakarta.[4] In neighboring Javanese and Sundanese languages, the term "Betawi" originally referred to colonial Batavia. Thus the term orang Betawi means "people of Batavia" or "Batavians", collectively consisting of diverse ethnic groups and various demographics from the area of the coastal Dutch colony, either within the 17th century fortified city of Old Batavia (now the Kota area of modern Jakarta) or surrounding villages.

Ironically, the name Batavia itself is ultimately derived from the name of a people - the Batavians, a tribe who lived in the time of the Roman Empire in the territory of the present-day Netherlands.

Other Languages
العربية: شعب بتاوي
беларуская: Бетаві
français: Betawi
Bahasa Indonesia: Suku Betawi
Basa Jawa: Wong Betawi
Bahasa Melayu: Suku Betawi
Baso Minangkabau: Suku Betawi
Türkçe: Bataviler