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Indonesia's capital, Jakarta, is situated on the north-western coast of the main island of Java. Set around a huge bay scattered with many small islands, this city of over 10 million people is the country's economic, cultural and political centre. Originally settled in the 4th century, it has long been an important trading centre due to its port, and was the Dutch East Indies capital during the colonial period when it was known as Batavia. Independence was declared in 1945, and the city has undergone many changes in commerce, infrastructure and population in recent years, rising to be the 26th largest city in the world, up from 171st in 2007

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