Komodo (island)

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The lizard can be found at Komodo dragon
Komodo Island north aerial.jpg
View of the northern end of the island
Location South East Asia
Coordinates 8°33′S 119°27′E / 8.55°S 119.45°E / -8.55; 119.45Coordinates: 8°33′S 119°27′E / 8.55°S 119.45°E / -8.55; 119.45
Archipelago Lesser Sunda Islands
Area 390 km2 (150 sq mi)
Province East Nusa Tenggara
Population c. 2000
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.

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Komodo is between two much larger islands. Sumbawa is on the west side and Flores is on the east.