Balikpapan is a city (population 546,380 as of 2005) on the island of Borneo, in Indonesia. It is the second largest city in the province of East Kalimantan. It is located on an inlet of Makassar Strait, about 115 km from Samarinda, the capital city of East Kalimantan. Mostly surrounded by sea, Balikpapan is an important center of the petroleum, mining, and timber industries.
The city is sometimes called the "Main Gate" of Kalimantan. It has one international airport, called Sepinggan, several harbors such as Semayang and Somber, and one port for the petroleum industry plus the future Kariangau international port.
Beside of that, Balikpapan is well known as the richest, cleanest, and one of the safest city in Indonesia.
Surrounded by a bay and strait, called Balikpapan Bay and Makassar strait, the city also has potential for business, such as trades and tourism. Many diverse people live in this peaceful city; Dayak, Bugis, Javanese, and some foreigners.
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