Indonesia Guide

Living in Indonesia can be a fantastic experience, one that many would love to experience. The food, the people, the many cultures, the incredible places and the nature are just a few of the highlights of this remarkable country. 

But just like anywhere you choose to live, there are always challenges and things that may be different to your norm, so at Social Expat we have put together a plethora of useful articles and information to help make your transition as smooth and comfortable as possible. 

If you would like to share tips and information from your time living in Indonesia, then feel free to let us know and we would love to publish your experiences! Check out our write for us page or send an email to info@socialexpat.net about how you can write with Social Expat!

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President: Election Day is a National Holiday
President Jokowi has declared Election Day, February 14, 2024, as a national holiday on Tuesday (6/2/14,)...
President Begins State Visit to Vietnam
Vietnam Plus are reporting that President Jokowi and his entourage arrived in Hanoi Thursday (11/1/24,)...
Integrity Pact Signed to Support Peaceful Elections
As Indonesia gears up for presidential elections in February, all three presidential candidates and their...
Kominfo Introduces Digital ID Under Revised ITE Law
According to reporting from Tempo, Indonesia’s Ministry of Communication and Information (Kominfo) have...
President: Indonesia Still Reviewing Potential BRICS Membership
Speaking at the 15th BRICS Summit, which was held at the Sandton Convention Center in Johannesburg, President...
Five New Deputy Ministers Inaugurated
According to the website of The President of The Republic of Indonesia and reporting from Antara News,...
Minister: Southeast Asia Must be a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone
Indonesia’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Retno Marsudi has repeated that all related parties must make all-out...
Indonesia Withdraws as World Beach Games Host
Antara News are reporting that Indonesia has withdrawn its commitment to host the Association of National...
42nd ASEAN Summit Opens in Labuan Bajo
According to the official website of ASEAN Indonesia 2023, the 42nd ASEAN Summit 2023 began on Monday...
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Toyota to Build Hybrid Cars in Indonesia
Jakarta Globe are reporting on a story that suggests Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) will open hybrid...
Air New Zealand Resumes Non-Stop Flights To Bali
Asian Aviation are reporting on the resumption of Air New Zealand flights from Auckland to Denpasar,...
Riau Islands Need Tourism Recovery
Tourism was hit hard during COVID-19, and in places whose economies rely heavily on both foreign and...
Facial Recognition For Public Transportation System Access
Biometric Update are citing reporting from Antara News that the Indonesian government is developing a...
Kominfo Introduces Digital ID Under Revised ITE Law
According to reporting from Tempo, Indonesia’s Ministry of Communication and Information (Kominfo) have...

Andrzej Barski

Director of Seven Stones Indonesia

Andrzej is Co-owner/ Founder and Director of Seven Stones Indonesia. He was born in the UK to Polish parents and has been living in Indonesia for more than 33-years. He is a skilled writer, trainer and marketer with a deep understanding of Indonesia and its many cultures after spending many years travelling across the archipelago from North Sumatra to Irian Jaya.

His experience covers Marketing, Branding, Advertising, Publishing, Real Estate and Training for 5-Star Hotels and Resorts in Bali and Jakarta, which has given him a passion for the customer experience. He’s a published author and a regular contributor to local and regional publications. His interests include conservation, eco-conscious initiatives, spirituality and motorcycles. Andrzej speaks English and Indonesian.

Terje H. Nilsen

Director of Seven Stones Indonesia

Terje is from Norway and has been living in Indonesia for over 20-years. He first came to Indonesia as a child and after earning his degree in Business Administration from the University of Agder in Norway, he moved to Indonesia in 1993, where he has worked in leading positions in education and the fitness/ wellness industries all over Indonesia including Jakarta, Banjarmasin, Medan and Bali.

He was Co-owner and CEO of the Paradise Property Group for 10-years and led the company to great success. He is now Co-owner/ Founder and Director of Seven Stones Indonesia offering market entry services for foreign investors, legal advice, sourcing of investments and in particular real estate investments. He has a soft spot for eco-friendly and socially sustainable projects and investments, while his personal business strengths are in property law, tourism trends, macroeconomics, Indonesian government and regulations. His personal interests are in sport, adventure, history and spiritual experiences.

Terje’s leadership, drive and knowledge are recognised across many industries and his unrivalled network of high level contacts in government and business spans the globe. He believes you do good and do well but always in that order. Terje speaks English, Indonesian and Norwegian.

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Ridwan Jasin Zachrie

CFO of Seven Stones Indonesia, Jakarta

Ridwan is one of Indonesia’s top executives with a long and illustrious career in the financial world. He holds several professional certifications including being a Certified Business Valuer (CBV) issued by the Australian Academy of Finance and Management; Broker-Dealer Representative (WPPE); and The Directorship Certification for Directors and Commissioners, issued by the Indonesian Institute of Commissioners and Directors.

His experience includes being the Managing Director at one of the top investment banking groups in the region, the Recapital Group, the CFO at State-owned enterprises in fishery industry and the CEO at Tanri Abeng & Son Holding. He’s also been an Independent Commissioner in several Financial Service companies and on the Audit and Risk Committee at Bank BTPN Tbk, Berau Coal Energy Tbk, Aetra Air Jakarta as well as working for Citibank, Bank Mandiri and HSBC. His last position was as CFO at PT Citra Putra Mandiri – OSO Group.

Ridwan has won a number of prestigious awards including the Best CFO Awards 2019 (Institute of Certified Management Accountant Australia-Indonesia); Asia Pacific Young Business Leader awarded by Asia 21 Network New York USA (Tokyo 2008); UK Alumni Business Awards 2008 awarded by the British Council; and The Most Inspiring Human Resources Practitioners’ version of Human Capital Magazine 2010.

He’s a member of the Board of Trustees of the Alumni Association of the Faculty of Law, Trisakti University, Co-Founder of the Paramadina Public Policy Institute and actively writes books, publications and articles in the mass media. He co-authored “Korupsi Mengorupsi Indonesia” in 2009, which helps those with an interest in understanding governance in Indonesia and the critical issue of corruption. Ridwan speaks Indonesian and English.

Per Fredrik Ecker

Managing Director of Seven Stones Indonesia, Jakarta

Per is the Managing Director of the Seven Stones Indonesia (SSI) Jakarta office and has more than 25-years’ experience in Indonesia, China, and Western Europe. He previously worked in senior management positions with Q-Free ASA, Siemens AG, and other companies in the telecom sector. Over the last six years, he has been the Chairman of the Indonesia-Norway Business Council (INBC) and recently become elected to be on the board of EuroCham Indonesia.

His most recent experience is within Intelligent Transport Solutions (ITS), Telecom, and other sectors within the Indonesian market. He is today through his position in SSI and by representing Norway Connect, promoting Nordic and European companies that would like to explore business opportunities in the Indonesian market. He’s also playing an active role to help create the Nordic House concept in Jakarta that will provide an excellent platform for Nordic companies entering Indonesia, where they’ll find a community that can offer support with trusted information and affordable services to enter this market.