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When we asked people about diversity in Indonesia and whether locals are accepting of differences, they said...

"Indonesia is a very diverse country, culturally and religiously. There are hundreds of different ethnic and religious groups coexisting peacefully. People in Indonesia are generally welcoming of diversity, with strong community bonds and mutual respect among its citizens. Despite the country's diversity, the national motto is one of unity: Bhinneka Tunggal Ika, literally translated as 'Unity in Diversity'," mentioned another expat when asked about moving to Indonesia.

"Even though it's a Muslim country, Balikpapan and Jakarta are filled with various nationalities. This is basically because employees of foreign companies live here. And, because many people from Asian countries like Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong take their annual holidays here. Accepting differences? If it means culture, no but they are strong to letting other culture/countries know that being a Muslim means being one," commented one expat who made the move to Jakarta, Indonesia.

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