Borneo

Borneo
Pulau Borneo
Kalimantan
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Topography of Borneo
Geography
LocationSoutheast Asia
Coordinates01°N 114°E / 01°N 114°E / 1; 114
ArchipelagoGreater Sunda Islands
Area743,330 km2 (287,000 sq mi)
Area rank3rd
Highest elevation4,095 m (13,435 ft)
Highest pointMount Kinabalu
Administration
DistrictsBelait
Brunei and Muara
Temburong
Tutong
Largest settlementBandar Seri Begawan (pop. ~50,000)
ProvincesWest Kalimantan
Central Kalimantan
South Kalimantan
East Kalimantan
North Kalimantan
Largest settlementSamarinda (pop. 842,691)
States and FTSabah
Sarawak
Labuan
Largest settlementKuching (pop. 617,886)
Demographics
Population21,258,000 (2014)
Pop. density28.59 /km2 (74.05 /sq mi)
Ethnic groupsMalay: (Bajau, Banjar, Belait, Bruneian, Sarawak)
Dayak: (Bidayuh, Iban, Kadazan-Dusun, Kayan, Kedayan, Lun Bawang/Lun Dayeh, Melanau, Murut, Penan, Rungus)
Chinese: (Bruneian, Malaysian, Indonesian) etc.

Borneo (/; Malay: Pulau Borneo, Indonesian: Kalimantan) is the third-largest island in the world and the largest in Asia.[note 1] At the geographic centre of Maritime Southeast Asia, in relation to major Indonesian islands, it is located north of Java, west of Sulawesi, and east of Sumatra. The island was named after the nation of Brunei.

The island is politically divided among three countries: Malaysia and Brunei in the north, and Indonesia to the south.[1] Approximately 73% of the island is Indonesian territory. In the north, the East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak make up about 26% of the island. Additionally, the Malaysian federal territory of Labuan is situated on a small island just off the coast of Borneo. The sovereign state of Brunei, located on the north coast, comprises about 1% of Borneo's land area. A little more than half of the island is in the Northern Hemisphere including Brunei and the Malaysian portion, while the Indonesian portion spans both the Northern and Southern hemispheres.

Borneo is home to one of the oldest rainforests in the world.

In August 2019, Indonesian president Joko Widodo announced a plan to move the capital from Jakarta to an unnamed city in the East Kalimantan province in Borneo.[2]

Etymology

The island is known by many names. Internationally it is known as Borneo, after Brunei, derived from European contact with the kingdom in the 16th century during the Age of Exploration. The name Brunei possibly derives from the Sanskrit word váruṇa (वरुण), meaning either "water" or Varuna, the Hindu god of rain. Indonesian natives called it Kalimantan,[3] which was derived from the Sanskrit word Kalamanthana, meaning "burning weather island" (to describe its hot and humid tropical weather).[4]

In earlier times, the island was known by other names. In 977, Chinese records began to use the term Bo-ni to refer to Borneo. In 1225, it was also mentioned by the Chinese official Chau Ju-Kua (趙汝适).[5] The Javanese manuscript Nagarakretagama, written by Majapahit court poet Mpu Prapanca in 1365, mentioned the island as Nusa Tanjungnagara, which means the island of the Tanjungpura Kingdom.[6]

Other Languages
Acèh: Kalimantan
Afrikaans: Borneo
አማርኛ: ቦርኒዮ
العربية: بورنيو
asturianu: Borneo
Avañe'ẽ: Vonéo
azərbaycanca: Kalimantan
বাংলা: বোর্নিও
Bân-lâm-gú: Borneo
Basa Banyumasan: Kalimantan
башҡортса: Калимантан
беларуская: Калімантан
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Калімантан
Bikol Central: Borneo
български: Борнео
bosanski: Borneo
brezhoneg: Borneo
català: Borneo
Cebuano: Borneo
čeština: Borneo
Chi-Chewa: Borneo
Cymraeg: Borneo
dansk: Borneo
Deutsch: Borneo
eesti: Kalimantan
Ελληνικά: Βόρνεο
español: Borneo
Esperanto: Borneo
euskara: Borneo
فارسی: بورنئو
føroyskt: Borneo
français: Bornéo
Frysk: Borneo
Gaeilge: Boirneo
Gàidhlig: Borneo
galego: Borneo
客家語/Hak-kâ-ngî: Borneo
한국어: 보르네오섬
Hausa: Borneo
հայերեն: Կալիմանտան
हिन्दी: बोर्नियो
hrvatski: Borneo
Ido: Borneo
Ilokano: Borneo
Bahasa Indonesia: Kalimantan
íslenska: Borneó
italiano: Borneo
עברית: בורנאו
ქართული: კალიმანტანი
қазақша: Калимантан
kernowek: Borneo
Kiswahili: Borneo
Кыргызча: Калимантан
кырык мары: Калимантан
Latina: Borneum
latviešu: Kalimantāna
lietuvių: Borneo
Limburgs: Borneo
lumbaart: Borneo
magyar: Borneó
македонски: Борнео
Malagasy: Bôrneô
മലയാളം: ബോർണിയോ
मराठी: बोर्नियो
მარგალური: კალიმანტანი
Bahasa Melayu: Borneo
မြန်မာဘာသာ: ဘော်နီယိုကျွန်း
Nederlands: Borneo
日本語: ボルネオ島
Nordfriisk: Borneo
norsk: Borneo
norsk nynorsk: Borneo
occitan: Bornèo
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Kalimantan
پنجابی: بورنیو
Tok Pisin: Borneo
polski: Borneo
português: Bornéu
română: Borneo
русский: Калимантан
Scots: Borneo
Seeltersk: Borneo
shqip: Borneo
sicilianu: Borneu
Simple English: Borneo
slovenčina: Borneo
slovenščina: Borneo
српски / srpski: Борнео
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Borneo
Sunda: Kalimantan
suomi: Borneo
svenska: Borneo
Tagalog: Borneo
தமிழ்: போர்னியோ
తెలుగు: బోర్నియో
тоҷикӣ: Борнео
Türkçe: Borneo
Türkmençe: Kalimantan
українська: Калімантан
اردو: بورنیو
Tiếng Việt: Borneo
Winaray: Borneo
吴语: 婆羅洲
粵語: 婆羅洲
žemaitėška: Borneo
中文: 婆罗洲