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Indonesian authorities chose a name for the new capital

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The new capital of Indonesia, which will be moved from Jakarta to the southeast of the island of Kalimantan, will be called Nusantara, which means "archipelago." This was announced by the Minister of National Development Planning Suharso Monoarfa.

The official explained that the word is well-known outside the country and is often used as its historical name.

"I have received confirmation and a directive from the president (Joko Widodo - ed.) that the new capital will be called Nusantara," the minister concluded.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo announced the relocation of the country's main city from Jakarta back in 2019. This decision was made due to its overcrowding and gradual flooding. The government allocated $32 billion to build the new capital in 2020. However, due to the Сoronavirus pandemic, the project was suspended. It is scheduled to resume in two years. At the same time, Jakarta, which is home to more than ten million people, will remain the economic and business center of Indonesia.

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