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The official language of Indonesia is known as Bahasa Indonesia or the language of Indonesia. It’s classified as a part of the Austronesian, or Malayo-Polynesian, language family. Malay-Indonesian is spoken by 250 million people across several different countries including Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore Brunei, southern parts of Thailand, and the Cocos Keeling Islands.
People are said to speak Malay-Indonesian because Malay was the language of the court of Sriwijaya for over 500 years from the 9th to the 14th century. It continued to be used even after the Dutch arrived and colonized the Islands. A standardized version of Malay was developed during the early part of the 20th century and it is known as Bahasa Indonesian.