More On East Nusa Tenggara (NTT)
In our previous articles, we’ve mentioned many times that Flores is part of Indonesia’s East Nusa Tenggara province, also called Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT) in the local language. So today, we’re going to tell you a little bit more about the area called NTT.
Map by courtesy of Lonely Planet
East Nusa Tenggara covers an area of approximately 47,245.82 km2. The area encompassing NTT begins right after Lombok and Sumbawa which forms West Nusa Tenggara, also called Nusa Tenggara Barat or NTB. The three main islands that fall within NTT are Sumba, Flores – including the Komodo National Park, the Solor Islands (Solor, Adonora, and Lomblen), the Alor and Pantar Islands, Sawu, Roti, Semau – and the western half of Timor Island, as well as more than 500 smaller islands. The capital city of NTT is Kupang, which is located on West Timor and is the administrative centre for the government, business, trade and education.
Geographically, East Nusa Tenggara is mountainous, with sweeping valleys, plunging ravines and plenty of active volcanoes. Weather varies depending on altitude with very hot and high temperatures along the coastline and cold, windy weather along the more hilly and mountainous areas. Thanks to its position near the Wallace Line, you’ll find one of the world’s most astounding marine lives in the waters surrounding NTT. This region isn’t very fertile as rainfall varies between 500 mm and 2000 mm a year*.
Unlike other parts of Indonesia, the predominant religion throughout NTT is Roman Catholic. Because of its rich history, geographical layout and cultural diversity, you’ll find many different languages spoken here, all are indigenous to each tribe and location with Bahasa Indonesia as the official language and English widely understood especially amongst those dealing in tourism.
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