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RIAU (Jawi : رياو‎, Chinese : 廖内; pinyin : Liào nèi) is a province of Indonesia
Indonesia
. It is located in the central eastern coast of Sumatra
Sumatra
along the Strait of Malacca
Strait of Malacca
. Until 2004 the province included the offshore Riau Islands , a large group of small islands (of which the principal islands are Batam and Bintan ) located east of Sumatra Island and south of Singapore
Singapore
, before these islands were split off as Riau Islands Province in July 2004. The provincial capital of Riau Province and its largest city is Pekanbaru
Pekanbaru
. Other major cities include Dumai , Selat Panjang , Bagansiapiapi , Bengkalis , Bangkinang , Rengat and Siak Sri Indrapura . The province shares land borders with North Sumatra
Sumatra
to the northwest, West Sumatra
Sumatra
to the west, and Jambi
Jambi
to the south.

The total area for Riau
Riau
province is 87,023.66 km² , which stretches from the slopes of the Bukit Barisan to the Strait of Malacca. Riau has a wet tropical climate with average rainfall ranging between 2000-3000 millimeters per year, and the average rainfall per year is about 160 days.

Riau
Riau
is currently one of the richest provinces in Indonesia
Indonesia
and is rich in natural resources, particularly petroleum , natural gas , rubber , palm oil and fibre plantations. Extensive logging and plantation development in has led to a massive decline in forest cover Riau, and associated fires have contributed to haze across the larger region .

Since the 1970s, much of Indonesia
Indonesia
has experienced a decline in population growth rates. Riau
Riau
has been a significant exception, with increasing rates every decade since 1970 to a 4.35 percent annual rise for the 1990s; however, this rate slowed significantly during the subsequent decade. The provincial population was 5,538,367 at the 2010 census. and according to the estimate for January 2014 this had risen to 6,358,636.

CONTENTS

* 1 Etymology * 2 History

* 3 Demographics

* 3.1 Ethnic groups * 3.2 Religion * 3.3 Education

* 4 Economy

* 4.1 Agriculture and Plantation * 4.2 Forests and Fishery * 4.3 Industry * 4.4 Transportation * 4.5 Finance and Banking

* 5 Language

* 5.1 Riau
Riau
Malay * 5.2 Riau
Riau
Minangkabau

* 6 Administrative divisions * 7 Ecology * 8 Sports * 9 See also * 10 References

ETYMOLOGY

Several theories exist for the origin of the word Riau
Riau
province.

Three theories exist for the origin of Riau's name. One suggests that it is a mutation of the Portuguese name "Rio River", referring to a local river. A Portuguese military expedition explored the Siak river in 1514, searching for a kingdom believed to exist in the region, as well as pursuing followers of Sultan Mahmud Shah who tried to escape income taxes following the fall of the Malacca Sultanate.

A second theory suggests that Riau
Riau
is a mutation of the local word riahi, meaning "sea air".

A third theory says that the province was named after a singer popular in local communities, who was described as rioh ("boisterous").

A fourth theory instead asserts that rioh was a description of locals by settlers from Johor led by Raja Kecik in 1719.

HISTORY

DUTCH COLONIAL PERIOD

The local Siak people could not resist the aggressive Dutch invasion. The Dutch narrowed the sovereign territory of the Siak by establishing a residency in Riau
Riau
(Residentie Riow) at Tanjung Pinang , under the rule of the Dutch East Indies
Dutch East Indies
. The residents were to monitor the coastal areas of Sumatra
Sumatra
. The Sultan of Siak, tied to an agreement with the Netherlands, could not intervene. Siak influence was further weakened by tensions between the Netherlands and the United Kingdom (the latter dominating the Straits of Malacca ) at strategic areas on the east coast of Sumatra. The Sultan of Siak was forced to surrender Siak territory to the Netherlands in an agreement in July 1873, where power was handed to the Dutch Bengkalis. At the same time period, Indragiri began to be influenced by the Dutch (although the latter only managed to control Batavia in 1938), and Dutch dominance of the Siak was a factor of the outbreak of war in Aceh. The Netherlands also quickly abolished smaller kingdoms on the coast that were not subjects. On the coast, the Netherlands moved quickly abolished the kingdoms that still have not been subject. Finally, the Netherlands managed to impeach Sultan of Riau-Lingga, Sultan Abdul Rahman Muazzam Shah in February 1911.

JAPANESE OCCUPATION

Riau
Riau
became a prime target for occupation during the Japanese invasion. Rengat was occupied on March 31, 1942. The rest of Riau
Riau
was then swiftly subjugated under Japanese rule .

Legacy of the Japanese occupation include a now abandoned 300km railway line connecting Muaro Sijunjung and Pekanbaru
Pekanbaru
, completed through forced labor by hundreds of thousands of Riau
Riau
locals.

POST-WAR

Riau
Riau
Province was formerly part of the Central Sumatra
Sumatra
Province, but the rebellion of Dewan Banteng saw Riau
Riau
being occupied on 1 January 1957. On 9 August 1957, then president Soekarno
Soekarno
declared an independent Riau
Riau
Province.

In 1999, the second son of the first Djasit Riau
Riau
took up his parent's post and served as governor in the Provincial Parliament. He was succeeded by former Regent of Indragiri Hilir, Rusli Zainal, who was elected in 2004 and 2008, and then succeeded by Annas Mahmun. Both Rusli Zainal and Annas Mahmun were removed from post and jailed following corruption scandals. Arsyadjuliandi Rachman, nicknamed "Andi", is the current governor of Riau.

Riau
Riau
is under review by the Indonesian government for reorganisation.

DEMOGRAPHICS

The population of the province of Riau
Riau
based on data from the Central Statistics Agency of Riau
Riau
Province in 2010 amounted to 5,543,031 inhabitants. Regency / City which has the largest population is Pekanbaru
Pekanbaru
city with a population of 903 902 inhabitants, while the district / city with the smallest population of Kepulauan Meranti, amounting to 176 371 inhabitants.

ETHNIC GROUPS

Riau
Riau
provincial population consists of diverse ethnic groups. They consist of Java
Java
(25.05%), Minangkabau (11.26%), Batak
Batak
(7.31%), Banjar (3.78%), Chinese (3.72%), and Bugis (2.27% ). The Malays are the largest community with a composition of 37.74% of the entire population of Riau. They generally come from coastal areas in Rokan Hilir, Dumai, Bengkalis, Meranti Islands, up to Pelalawan, Siak, Inderagiri Inderagiri Upstream and Downstream. However, there are also indigenous Minangkabau ethnic clumps mainly from areas Rokan Hulu, Kampar, Kuantan Singingi, and partly Inderagiri Hulu. Also Mandailing community in Rokan Hulu, which is claimed to be a Malay rather than as Minangkabau or Batak. The 19th century, the people of South Kalimantan Banjar and Bugis from South Sulawesi, also began arriving in Riau. They are widely settled in Indragiri Hilirkhususnya Tembilahan. The opening of Caltex oil mining company in the 1940s in Rumbai, encouraging people from throughout the country to try his luck in Riau. Javanese and Sundanese in general, many migrants are in the area. While ethnic Minangkabau generally become merchants and many living in urban areas such as Pekanbaru, Bangkinang, Duri, and Dumai. Likewise, Chinese people are generally the same as the ethnic Minangkabau are becoming merchants and settled especially in Pekanbaru, and many are also found in coastal areas in the east as Bagansiapiapi, Selatpanjang, Rupat and Bengkalis. Other than that in the province, there are a set of indigenous people who live in rural areas and riverbanks, such as Sakai tribe, Akit Tribe, Talang Mamak and Orang Laut.

RELIGION

RELIGION IN RIAU (2010 CENSUS)

religion

percent

Islam   87.98%

Christianity   9.56%

Buddhism   2.06%

Other, not stated or not asked   0.31%

Confucianism   0.07%

Hinduism   0.02%

EDUCATION

Riau
Riau
has several universities, including the University of Riau, Riau Islamic University, University of Muhammadiyah Riau
Riau
Islamic University of Sultan Syarif Kasim Riau, Lancang Kuning University, University Abdurrab, University Sand Pengaraian, Universitas Islam
Islam
Indragiri, Islamic University Kuantan Singingi, Polytechnic of Bengkalis and Politeknik Caltex Riau.

ECONOMY

The economy of Riau
Riau
expands faster (8.66% in 2006) than the Indonesian average (6.04% in 2006), and is largely a resource-based economy, including crude oil (600,000 bpd), palm oil , rubber trees and other forest products . Local government income benefits from a greater share of tax revenue (mainly from crude oil) due to the decentralisation law of 2004.

The province has natural resources, both riches contained in the bowels of the earth, in the form of oil and gas, as well as gold, as well as forest products and plantations. Along with the implementation of regional autonomy, gradually began to apply the system for results or financial balance between central and local. The new rules provide expressly limits the obligations of investors, resource utilization, and revenue-sharing with the surrounding environment.

AGRICULTURE AND PLANTATION

Plantation growing is rubber and oil palm plantations, either run by the state or by the people. There is also a citrus and coconut plantations. For oil palm plantation area currently Riau
Riau
province has a land area of 1:34 million hectares. In addition there have been about 116 palm oil mills (PKS) which operates with the production of coconut palm oil (CPO) 3.3868 million tons per year.

FORESTS AND FISHERY

Deforestation (in Indragiri Hulu); Forestry development essentially includes all efforts to utilize and strengthen the natural resource functions of forests and other natural resources and the ecosystem, both as a patron and life support and preservation of biodiversity as well as resource development. But in reality had lost its three primary functions, namely the function of long-term economic, protection function, and aesthetics as the impact of government policies ago. The loss of the three functions above led to an increased extent of critical lands caused by forest products companies that ignore the aspect of sustainability. The next effect is the decreasing production of non timber forest concessions, while reforestation and afforestation efforts have not been optimally implemented. Another issue that is detrimental not only to the province of Riau
Riau
in particular but Indonesia
Indonesia
in general, is the problem of illegal logging leading to reduced forest areas and the problem of illegal sand dredging.

INDUSTRY

In this province there are several international companies engaged in the oil and gas as well as the processing of forest products and oil. In addition there is also a copra and rubber processing industry. Several major companies including Chevron Pacific Indonesia
Indonesia
a subsidiary of Chevron Corporation, PT. Indah Kiat Pulp & Paper Tbk in Perawang, and PT. Riau
Riau
Andalan Pulp float:right;"> Riau Governmental office in Pekanbaru
Pekanbaru

RIAU MALAY

The dialect of Malay spoken in Riau
Riau
Province is considered by linguists to have one of the least complex grammars among the languages of the world, apart from creoles , possessing neither noun declensions, temporal distinctions, subject/object distinctions, nor singular/plural distinction. For example, the phrase Ayam makan (lit. 'chicken eat') can mean, in context, anything from 'the chicken is eating', to 'I ate some chicken', 'the chicken that is eating' and 'when we were eating chicken'. A possible reason for this is that Riau Malay has been used as a lingua franca for communication between different people in this area during its history, and extensive foreign-language speaker use of this kind tends to simplify the grammar of a language used. The traditional script in Riau
Riau
is Jawi (locally known in Indonesia
Indonesia
as "Arab-Melayu"), an Arabic-based writing in the Malay language.

It is sometimes supposed that Riau
Riau
Malay is the basis for the modern national language, Indonesian . However, it is instead based on Classical Malay, the court language of Johor- Riau
Riau
Sultanate, based primarily from the one used in the Riau archipelago and the state of Johor , Malaysia, which is distinct from the local mainland Riau dialect.

Non-mainstream varieties in Riau
Riau
include Orang Sakai, Orang Asli, Orang Akit, and Orang Laut.

RIAU MINANGKABAU

Minangkabau language
Minangkabau language
is the indigenous language of the western part of Riau, mainly in the Pekanbaru, Kampar, Kuantan, and Rokan Hulu. The pronunciation of Riau
Riau
Minangkabau similar to Payakumbuh-Batusangkar dialect, even differs from that of other dialects varieties of West Sumatra. Historically, Minangkabau language used in the Sultanate of Siak and nowadays also spoken in the lower Siak river basin.

ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISIONS

HISTORICAL POPULATION

YEAR POP. ±%

1971 1,641,545 —

1980 2,168,535 +32.1%

1990 3,303,976 +52.4%

1995 3,900,534 +18.1%

2000 4,957,627 +27.1%

2010 5,538,367 +11.7%

2014 6,358,636 +14.8%

sources: Note: Census years not equidistant, 2010 excludes Riau Islands split.

Riau
Riau
Province is subdivided into ten regencies (kabupaten) and two autonomous cities (kota), listed below with their areas and their populations at the 2010 Census and according to the latest (January 2014) estimates.

NAME AREA (KM2) Population Census 2010 Population Estimate 2014 CAPITAL HDI 2014 Estimates

Dumai City 1,623.38 253,803 291,393 Dumai 0.718 (High)

Pekanbaru
Pekanbaru
City 632.27 897,767 1,030,732 Pekanbaru 0.784 (High)

Bengkalis Regency 6,976.41 498,336 572,143 Bengkalis 0.708 (High)

Indragiri Hulu Regency 7,723.80 363,442 417,270 Rengat 0.671 (Medium)

Indragiri Hilir Regency
Indragiri Hilir Regency
12,614.78 661,779 759,793 Tembilahan 0.638 (Medium)

Kampar Regency 10,983.47 688,204 790,132 Bangkinang 0.707 (High)

Kepulauan Meranti Regency (Meranti Islands) 3,707.84 176,290 202,400 Selat Panjang 0.629 (Medium)

Kuantan Singingi Regency 5,259.36 292,116 335,380 Teluk Kuantan 0.674 (Medium)

Pelalawan Regency 12,758.45 301,829 346,532 Pangkalan Kerinci 0.686 (Medium)

Rokan Hulu Regency 7,588.13 474,843 545,170 Pasir Pangaraian 0.670 (Medium)

Rokan Hilir Regency 8,851.59 553,216 635,151 Bagansiapiapi 0.662 (Medium)

Siak Regency 8,275.18 376,742 432,540 Siak Sri Indrapura 0.714 (High)

ECOLOGY

Forest cover in Riau
Riau
has declined from 78% in 1982 to only 33% in 2005. This has been further reduced an average of 160,000 hectares on average per year, leaving 22%, or 2.45 million hectares left as of 2009. Fires associated with deforestation have contributed to serious haze over the province and cities to the East, such as Singapore
Singapore
and Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur
, Malaysia
Malaysia
. Giam Siak Kecil - Bukit Batu biosphere reserves

Giam Siak Kecil – Bukit Batu Biosphere Reserve , Indonesia, is a peatland area in Sumatra
Sumatra
featuring sustainable timber production and two wildlife reserves, which are home to the Sumatran tiger
Sumatran tiger
, Sumatran elephant , Malayan tapir , and Malayan sun bear . Research activities in the biosphere include the monitoring of flagship species and in-depth study on peatland ecology. Initial studies indicate a real potential for sustainable economic development using native flora and fauna for the economic benefit of local inhabitants.

Cagar Biosfer Giam Siak Kecil Bukit Batu (CB-GSK-BB) is one of seven Biosphere Reserves in Indonesia. They are located in two areas of Riau Province, Bengkalis and Siak . CB-GSK-BB is a trial presented by Riau at the 21st Session of the International Coordinating Council of Man and the Biosphere (UNESCO) in Jeju , South Korea, on 26 May 2009. CB-GSK-BB is one of 22 proposed locations in 17 countries accepted as reserves for the year. A Biosphere Reserve is the only internationally recognised concept of environmental conservation and cultivation. Thus the supervision and development of CB-GSK-BB is a worldwide concern at a regional level.

CB-GSK-BB is a unique type of Peat Swamp Forest in the Kampar Peninsula Peat Forest (with a small area of swamp). Another peculiarity is that the CB-GSK-BB was initiated by private parties in co-operation with the government through BBKSDA (The Center for the Conservation of Natural Resources), including the notorious conglomerate involved in forest destruction, Sinar Mas Group , owning the largest paper and pulp company in Indonesia.

SPORTS

Riau
Riau
has a football team, PSPS Pekanbaru
Pekanbaru
, based in Kaharuddin Nasution Stadium , Pekanbaru. There is football team PS Siak
PS Siak
too. In 2012, Riau
Riau
hosted Pekan Olahraga Nasional .

SEE ALSO

* Indonesia
Indonesia
portal

* Deforestation in Indonesia
Indonesia
* 2012 Pekan Olahraga Nasional * Riau
Riau
Tourism Portal

REFERENCES

* ^ "Provinsi Riau
Riau
Dalam Angka 2016" (PDF) (in Indonesian). Retrieved 2016-09-22. * ^ Aris Ananta; Evi Nurvidya Arifin; M. Sairi Hasbullah; Nur Budi Handayani; Agus Pramono (2015). Demography of Indonesia’s Ethnicity. Institute of Southeast Asian Studies dan BPS – Statistics Indonesia.

* ^ BPS:Laju Pertumbuhan Penduduk menurut Provinsi * ^ Central Bureau of Statistics: Census 2010, retrieved 17 January 2011 (in Indonesian) * ^ "Daftar Gubernur Riau". bahasa Indonesia, ensiklopedia bebas (in Indonesian). 2017-04-03. * ^ "Population by Region and Religion in Indonesia". BPS . 2010. * ^ Riau, Provinsi yang Maju Pesat * ^ McWhorter, John (2001). "The world's simplest grammars are creole grammars". Linguistic Typology. Walter de Gruyter. 5 (2001): 125–166. doi :10.1515/lity.2001.001 . * ^ Gil, David (2008). Miestamo, Matti; Sinnemäki, Kaius; Karlsson, Fred, eds. How complex are isolating languages?. Language complexity: Typology, contact, change (Studies in Language Companion Series 94). Amsterdam: Benjamins. pp. 109–131. * ^ Sneddon 2003, The Indonesian Language: Its History and Role in Modern Society, p. 70 * ^ "Dept. of Linguistics Linguistic Field Work in Riau
Riau
Province, Indonesia". Eva.mpg.de. * ^ Bambang Kaswanti Purwo; Kajian Serba Linguistik: untuk Anton Moeliono, Pereksa Bahasa; BPK Gunung Mulia, 2000 * ^ "Statistics Indonesia". Bps.go.id. * ^ http://www.depkes.go.id/downloads/Penduduk%20Kab%20Kota%20Umur%20Tunggal%202014.pdf Estimasi Penduduk Menurut Umur Tunggal Dan Jenis Kelamin 2014 Kementerian Kesehatan * ^ Indeks-Pembangunan-Manusia-2014 * ^ WWF:The Eleventh Hour for Riau\'s Forests * ^ "Logging moratorium \'a must\' to save Riau
Riau
forests". The Jakarta
Jakarta
Post. 16 May 2009. * ^ "\'Indonesian\'-made haze covers parts of KL, surrounding areas". The Jakarta
Jakarta
Post. 16 June 2012. * ^ http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v6/newsindex.php?id=673630

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North Sumatra
Sumatra
Malacca Strait Peninsular Malaysia
Malaysia
Malacca Strait Peninsular Malaysia
Malaysia

West Sumatra
Sumatra

Malacca Strait Riau Islands

RIAU

West Sumatra
Sumatra
Jambi
Jambi
Jambi
Jambi
Karimata Strait
Karimata Strait

* v * t * e

Regencies, cities , and islands of Riau
Riau

Capital: Pekanbaru
Pekanbaru

REGENCIES

* Bengkalis * Indragiri Hilir * Indragiri Hulu * Kampar * Kepulauan Meranti * Kuantan Singingi * Pelalawan * Rokan Hulu * Rokan Hilir * Siak

CITIES

* Dumai * Pekanbaru
Pekanbaru
* Selatpanjang * Bangkinang * Bagansiapiapi * Siak Sri Indrapura * Teluk Kuantan * Pangkalan Kerinci * Rengat * Tembilahan * Pasirpengaraian

ISLANDS

* Basu * Bengkalis * Halang * Padang * Rangsang * Rupat * Tebing Tinggi Island

See also: List of regencies and cities of Indonesia
Indonesia

* v * t * e

Provinces of Indonesia

Capital: Jakarta
Jakarta

SUMATRA

* Aceh * Bangka-Belitung Islands * Bengkulu * Jambi
Jambi
* Lampung * North Sumatra
Sumatra
* Riau * Riau Islands * South Sumatra
Sumatra
* West Sumatra
Sumatra

JAVA

* Banten * Central Java
Java
* East Java
Java
* West Java
Java
* Jakarta
Jakarta
* Yogyakarta

KALIMANTAN

* Central Kalimantan
Kalimantan
* East Kalimantan
Kalimantan
* North Kalimantan
Kalimantan
* South Kalimantan
Kalimantan
* West Kalimantan
Kalimantan

LESSER SUNDA

* Bali
Bali
* East Nusa Tenggara
East Nusa Tenggara
* West Nusa Tenggara

SULAWESI

* Central Sulawesi * Gorontalo * North Sulawesi * Southeast Sulawesi * South Sulawesi * West Sulawesi

MALUKU

* Maluku * North Maluku

PAPUA

* Papua * West Papua

SPECIAL REGIONS

* Aceh * Jakarta
Jakarta
* Papua * West Papua * Yogyakarta

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* GRP per capita * HDI *

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