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The Indonesian authorities have announced that they will move the capital of the state from the island of Java to the east of the island of Kalimantan.

The process of moving the capital from Jakarta to Kalimantan will be completed by 2024. The new capital will be called Nusantara, and $32.5 billion will be spent from the budget to carry out all necessary activities.

For the first time, the government of the country announced plans to move the capital in 2019.

The authorities decided to take this step because of a whole range of problems that are associated with the current capital of Jakarta and its 30 million people. In addition to huge traffic jams, the city is gradually sinking into the water, about 15 centimeters a year. This is due to the swampy nature of the area and the abundance of rivers passing through Jakarta, which wash out the soil.

Since the independence of Indonesia in 1945, Jakarta has been not a city, but a province with the status of a capital. The earliest mention of the city refers to the period of existence of the Indonesian kingdom of Taruma in the 4th century AD.

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