The province (provinsi or propinsi) is the highest tier of local government subnational entity in Indonesia. Each province has its own local government (Pemerintah Daerah Provinsi), headed by the governor (gubernur); and has its own legislative body (Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat Daerah). The Governor and member of representatives are elected by popular vote for 5 years term.
This page is a short summary containing more general information about the province of Bangka-Belitung. Extensive information on Bangka-Belitung can be found in the directories 'Sumatra' and 'South Sumatra' on this website.
Location map of Bangka-Belitung.
Bangka-Belitung is a province of Indonesia. It includes two islands, Bangka and Belitung, and several smaller ones, which lie east of Sumatra, northeast of South Sumatra province. The Bangka Strait separates Sumatra and Bangka, and the Gaspar Strait separates Bangka and Belitung. The South China Sea is to the north, the Java Sea is to the south, and Borneo to the east is separated from Belitung by the Karimata Strait.
The province was formerly part of South Sumatra, but became an independent province along with Banten and Gorontalo in 2000. In 2004 its population was 1,012,655. The capital is Pangkal Pinang. These island prouced large mining (the largest producers of tin in Indonesia). The islands are also abundant with prouction of white pepper CPO etc.
Bangka Belitung also have many beautiful beaches and smaller islands which have attracted many tourists from around the world. The famous beaches are Matras beach, Parai beach, Tanjung Pesona beach, Batu Bedaun beach, Remodong beach, Pasir Padi Beach, Tanjung Kelian Beach, Rebo beach, Telok Uber Beach and many others.
Bangka-Belitung is divided into six regencies (kabupaten) and 1 city (kota):