North Sulawesi

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North Sulawesi
Sulawesi Utara
Gunung Tampusu.JPG
Gunung Lokon.jpg Danau Tondano.jpg
Manado Bay and Bunaken Island.JPG
Clockwise, from top left : Mount Tampusu, Lake Tondano, Bunaken National Park, Mount Lokon
Flag of North Sulawesi
Official seal of North Sulawesi
Motto: Si Tou Timou Tumou Tou (Minahasan)
(Human purpose in life is to nurture and educate others)
Location of North Sulawesi in Indonesia
Location of North Sulawesi in Indonesia
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Country  Indonesia
Capital Lambang kota manado.jpg Manado
 • Governor Olly Dondokambey
 • Vice Governor Steven Kandouw
 • Total 13,851.64 km2 (5,348.15 sq mi)
Population (2014)[1]
 • Total 2,382,941
 • Density 170/km2 (450/sq mi)
 • Ethnic groups Minahasan, Mongondow, Sangirese, Talaud, Gorontaloan, Bugis, Javanese
 • Religion Protestantism (63.6%), Islam (30.9%), Roman Catholicism (4.4%), Hinduism (0.58%), Buddhism (0.14%), Confucianism (0.02%)
 • Languages Indonesian (official), Manado Malay (lingua franca)
Time zone WITA (UTC+8)
Vehicle registration DB, DL (Sangihe & Talaud Islands)
HDI Steady 0.696 (High)
HDI rank 8th (2014)

North Sulawesi (Indonesian: Sulawesi Utara) is a province of Indonesia. It is located on the northern peninsula of the island of Sulawesi, on the Minahasa Peninsula. The province's capital and largest city is Manado, and its population was 2,270,596 according to the 2010 census;[2] the latest official estimate (for January 2014) is 2,382,941.


North Sulawesi recorded 2,270,596 people in the decennial 2010 Census, with 1,157,551 males and 1,108,378 females, growing at 1.41% over the previous census.[3] The slowest growing regency was that of the Sangihe Islands. In 2010, about 68% were Christian (predominantly Protestant with a sizable Catholic minority), one of the few exceptions in the predominantly Muslim Indonesia, due to the prominent Dutch missionary activity during the colonial era. Also, because the Muslim-majority region of Gorontalo (then comprising a city and two regencies) was split off to form a new province in 2000. There are also Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist minorities. The largest ethnic groups are the Minahasan in the north of the province and the Mongondow to the south. The province's chief city is Manado with population of 430,790 people in 2014.

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1971 1,718,543 —    
1980 2,115,384 +23.1%
1990 2,478,119 +17.1%
1995 2,649,093 +6.9%
2000 2,000,872 −24.5%
2010 2,270,596 +13.5%
2014 2,382,941 +4.9%
Source: Badan Pusat Statistik 2011.
The decline in 2000 is due to the separation of Gorontalo Province.

Administrative divisions

North Sulawesi is divided into eleven regencies (Indonesian: kabupaten) and four independent cities (Indonesian: kotamadya), listed below with their areas and their populations at the 2010 Census and according to the latest official estimate (for January 2014).

Name Area (km2) Population
Census 2010
Estimate 2014
Sangihe Islands Regency
(Kepulauan Sangihe)
461.11 126,100 132,339 Tahuna
Sitaro Islands Regency
(Kepulauan Siau Tagulandang Biaro)
275.96 63,801 66,958 Ondong Siau
Talaud Islands Regency
(Kepulauan Talaud)
1,240.40 83,434 87,562 Melonguane
Northern (islands) sector 1,977.47 273,335 286,859
Bitung (city) 302.89 187,652 196,936
Manado (city) 157.27 410,481 430,790
Tomohon (city) 114.20 91,553 96,083
Minahasa Regency 1,114.87 310,384 325,741 Tondano
North Minahasa Regency
(Minahasa Utara)
918.49 188,904 198,251 Airmadidi
South Minahasa Regency
(Minahasa Selatan)
1,409.97 195,553 205,229 Amurang
Southeast Minahasa Regency
(Minahasa Tenggara)
710.83 100,443 105,413 Ratahan
Eastern (Minahasa) sector 4,728.52 1,484,970 1,558,443
Kotamobagu (city) 68.06 107,459 112,776
Bolaang Mongondow Regency 2,871.65 213,484 224,047 Kotamobagu
East Bolaang Mongondow Regency
(Bolaang Mongondow Timur)
910.18 63,654 66,803 Tutuyan
North Bolaang Mongondow Regency
(Bolaang Mongondow Utara)
1,680.00 70,693 74,191 Boroko
South Bolaang Mongondow Regency
(Bolaang Mongondow Selatan)
1,615.86 57,001 59,821 Molibagu
Western (Bolaang Mongondow) sector 7,145.75 512,291 537,638

Proposed new province of Bolaang Mongondow Raya

On 25 October 2013, the Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR) began reviewing draft laws on the establishment of 57 prospective regencies and 8 new provinces; one of the proposed provinces is Bolaang Mongondow Raya in North Sulawesi. If the bill is approved, this will comprise Kotamobagu City and the four regencies following it in the table above.[4]

Nature Tourist Parks and Animal Sanctuaries

There are 5 Nature Tourist Parks and Animal Sanctuaries in North Sulawesi and all are under government jurisdiction:[5]


  1. Accessed July 26, 2007.
  2. Penduduk - BPS Sulut
  3. BPS
  4. Jakarta Post, 14 November 2013
  5. "Surga alam yang tersembunyi di utara Indonesia. Sulawesi Utara". November 3, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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