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Medan (Indonesian pronunciation: [meˈdan]; Indonesian: Kota Medan) is the capital of North Sumatra province in Indonesia. Located on the northern coast, and with 2,097,610 inhabitants at the 2010 census, Medan is third largest city in Indonesia (behind Jakarta and Surabaya), and the largest Indonesian city outside Java.Its built-up (or metro) area made of 18 municipalities or districts was home to 4,103,696 inhabitants at the 2010 census. The city is bordered by the Deli Serdang Regency to the east, south and west, and the Strait of Malacca to the north. The city was known as Deli when it was established by Dutch tobacco commerce after the formation of the Deli Company. The Deli Railway was established for shipping. Rubber, tea, timber, palm oil, and sugar industries followed. Medan was dubbed by the Dutch Parijs van Soematra due to the city's resemblance to Paris. Lamudi, a worldwide real estate portal, recognized Medan as one among six cities in Asia to feature and preserve several colonial architectural sites, while accompanying its growth as a metropolitan city.


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  • 3 days Medan Orangutan Bukit Lawang
    3 days Medan Orangutan Bukit Lawang New on TripHobo

    Duration: 3 Days

    The tours starts from Kuala Namu Medan airport included transfer service to Hotel Deli River in Medan on Day 1.The next day y...

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  • 3 Days 2 Nights Bukit Lawang & Orangutans
    3 Days 2 Nights Bukit Lawang & Orangutans New on TripHobo

    Duration: 3 Days

    This 3-day package is perfect for adventurous animal lovers who are keen to explore the rainforest of Gunung Leuser National ...

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  • 4 Days 3 Nights Discover Banda Aceh
    4 Days 3 Nights Discover Banda Aceh New on TripHobo

    Duration: 4 Days

    Aceh Dessimated by an earthquake and tsunami in December 2004, Aceh has since recovered, thanks to international aid and the...

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  • 4 Days 3 Nights Fantastic Toba
    4 Days 3 Nights Fantastic Toba New on TripHobo

    Duration: 4 Days

    North Sumatra is the ancestral home of the Batak tribes. The word Batak is a collective term used to identify a number of eth...

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Facts and Stats for Medan*

  • Pollution Statistics in Medan

    Know the pollution level of Medan before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 77.94 (High)
    • Water Pollution 35.71 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 45 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 56.25 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 26.67 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 76.67 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 63.24 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 65.63 (High)
  • Medan: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Medan for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Medan.

    • Burglary and Theft 43.1 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 44.44 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 46.55 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 71.55 (High)
    • Car Stealing 37.93 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 48.28 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 44.64 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 39.66 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 62.07 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 44.83 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 37.07 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 42.24 (Moderate)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 46.55 (Moderate)
  • Living in Medan - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Medan is 110.02 (High)

    • Safety Index 52.13 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 60.65 (High)
    • Pollution Index 71.75 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 31.45 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 35.09 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 67.09 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 12.42 (High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 40.97 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Medan

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Medan

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.1 USD
    • International Movie per seat 3.22 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 29.81 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 59.29 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 32.24 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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