Saturday, July 23, 2011


The regencies of North Sumatra, coloured where they have a majority Batak population. The Karo lands extent significantly to the north and east of the area coloured on the map, almost to Medan. Borders with the Minang and Acehnese are noted

source: wikipedia

Location ethnic groups of Sumatra, the Batak tribes located around Lake Toba in North Sumatra

The Batak lands consist of North Sumatra province, excluding Nias island and the historically Malay kingdoms of the East coast. In addition, part of the Karo lands extend into modern-day East Aceh Regency in Aceh province, while parts of the Mandailing lands lie in Rokan Hulu Regency in Riau. Significant numbers of Batak have migrated in recent years to prosperous neighbouring Riau province.

To the south of North Sumatra are the Muslim Minangkabau of West Sumatra, while to the north there are various Muslim Acehnese peoples.


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