Lombok is an island in West Nusa Tenggara province, Indonesia. It forms part of the chain of the Lesser Sunda Islands, with the Lombok Strait separating it from Bali to the west, and the Alas Strait between it and Sumbawa to the east. It is roughly circular, with a “tail” (Sekotong Peninsula) to the southwest, about 70 km across and a total area of about 4,514 km² (1,825 sq mi). The provincial capital and largest city on the island is Mataram. It is somewhat similar in size and density to neighboring Bali, and shares some cultural heritage, but is administratively part of NTB along with sparsely populated Sumbawa. It is surrounded by a number of smaller islands locally called Gili.
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|Geography||Lombok is an island in West Nusa Tenggara province, Indonesia.|
|Religion||Circa 91.6% Muslim, 5.9% Hindu, 2.5% other|
|Economy||Tourism and Agriculture|
|Transport||20 minutes by air or 1-2 hours by fast ferry from Bali. International flights from Singapore, Malaysia and Perth|
|Tourism||With the opening of the new International Airport, tourist arrivals are estimated to reach 2 million per annum by 2015, compared to Bali with a footfall of 2.8 million international tourists in 2012|