Javanese people

The Javanese people (Javanese: Ngoko: ꦮꦺꦴꦁꦗꦮ (Wóng Jåwå), Krama: ꦠꦶꦪꦁꦗꦮꦶ (Tiyang Jawi);[17] Indonesian: Suku Jawa or Orang Jawa) are a Southeast Asian ethnic group native to the Indonesian island of Java. With approximately 100 million people,[18] they form the largest ethnic group in Indonesia. They are predominantly located in the central to eastern parts of the island. There are also significant numbers of people of Javanese descent in most provinces of Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Suriname, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and the Netherlands.

Javanese people
Ngoko: ꦮꦺꦴꦁꦗꦮ (Wóng Jåwå)
Krama: ꦠꦶꦪꦁꦗꦮꦶ (Tiyang Jawi)
A Javanese bride and groom wearing their traditional garb
Total population
c. 95–100 million
Regions with significant populations
 Taiwan190,000–240,000 (2018)[3][4]
 Hong Kong151,021 (2016)[5]
 Saudi Arabia150,000 (2014)[6][7]
 Singapore150,000 (2018)[8]
 United Arab Emirates114,000 (2014)[9]
 Suriname102,000 (2019)[10]
 Jordan48,000 (2014)[9]
 Sri Lanka8,500[11]
 Oman33,000 (2014)[9]
 Qatar28,000 (2014)[9]
 Netherlands21,700 (Javanese Surinamese)[12][13]
 Macau7,000–16,000 (2016)[14]
 New Caledonia4,100[15]
Predominantly Also
Sunni Islam (97.17%)
Christians (2.56%, of which 1.59% Protestants and 0.97% Roman Catholics), Hindu (0.16%), Buddhist (0.10%), others (0.01%)[16]
Related ethnic groups

The Javanese ethnic group has many sub-groups, such as the Osing, Tenggerese and Banyumasan.

A majority of the Javanese people identify themselves as Sunni Muslims, with a small minority identifying as Christians and Hindus. However, Javanese civilization has been influenced by more than a millennium of interactions between the native animism Kejawen and the Indian HinduBuddhist culture, and this influence is still visible in Javanese history, culture, traditions, and art forms. Javanese heritage has created the largest temples in the world like Prambanan and Borobudur. With a sizeable global population, the Javanese are considered significant as they are the fourth largest ethnic group among Muslims in the world after the Arabs,[19] Bengalis[20] and Punjabis.[21]