Indonesia will get a new capital in about five years, President Joko Widodo announced on Monday. The new metropolis will be located on the east coast of Borneo in the province of East Kalimantan.

The new city is to be built between the Penajam Paser and Kutai Kartanegara regents.

The Indonesian government is taking this step because the current capital of Jakarta on the island of Java is suffering from severe air pollution and earthquakes.

Moreover, Jakarta is sinking, because the city is pumping up more groundwater than is of course replenished. As a result, the city regularly floods. The risk of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions is also smaller in Borneo than in Java

The move from the capital to Borneo must begin in 2024. The intention of the government to choose a new capital was already announced in July for the Indonesian state news agency.

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