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Pekanbaru (Jawi: ڤكنبارو, Chinese: 北干巴鲁; pinyin: Běigānbālǔ), is the capital of Riau, on the island of Sumatra . It has an area of 632.26 km² with a population of 950,571, making it Sumatra's fourth largest municipality, after Medan, Palembang, and Batam, and the 9th-largest city in Indonesia after Jakarta, Surabaya, Bandung, Medan, Semarang, Makassar, Palembang, and Batam. It is located on the banks of the Siak River, which drains into the Strait of Malacca. As a result, Pekanbaru has direct access to the busy strait and was long known as a trading port (the city name is derived from the Indonesian words for 'new market', "pekan" meaning 'market' and "baru" meaning 'new'). The city is divided into 12 subdistricts (kecamatan). This city is served by the Sultan Syarif Kasim II International Airport and Sungai Duku Port that is located by the Siak River. A settlement has existed on the site since the 17th century. In the late 19th century, the city was developed to serve the coffee and coal industries, and the Dutch built roads to help ship goods to Singapore and Malacca.


A place in Indonesia, Pekanbaru is an interesting place to visit, given its unique culture, history and character. A holiday in Pekanbaru can generally be of 1-2 days.

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Facts and Stats for Pekanbaru*

  • Pollution Statistics in Pekanbaru

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

    • Air Pollution 20 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 33.33 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 33.33 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 41.67 (Moderate)
  • Pekanbaru: Crime and Safety

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

    • Burglary and Theft 37.5 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 33.33 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 56.25 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 18.75 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 25 (Low)
    • Attacks 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Drug offense 25 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 100 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 75 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 18.75 (Very Low)
  • Living in Pekanbaru - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Pekanbaru is 159.33 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 75.61 (High)
    • Climate Index 60.24 (High)
    • Pollution Index 29.77 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 20 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 29.84 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 77.78 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 18.22 (Very High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 53.45 (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 Pekanbaru

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

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.07 USD
    • International Movie per seat 2.8 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 19.19 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 40.58 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 26.32 USD

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

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