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View of the northern end of the island
|Location||South East Asia|
|Archipelago||Lesser Sunda Islands|
|Area||390 km2 (150 sq mi)|
|Province||East Nusa Tenggara|
|Ethnic groups||Bugis, others|
Komodo is one of the 17,508 islands in the Republic of Indonesia. The island has a surface area of 390 km² and over 2000 people live there. The people on Komodo are descendants of former convicts. They were sent away to the island and mixed with the Bugis from Sulawesi. Most people are Muslim, but there are also smaller groups of Christians and Hindus.
Komodo is part of the Lesser Sunda chain of islands. It is part of the Komodo National Park. The Komodo dragon is especially famous here. Also, the island is a popular place for Scuba diving. It is part of the East Nusa Tenggara province.