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Extensive Definition

Belitung, formerly known as Billiton, is an island on the east coast of Sumatra, Indonesia in the Java Sea. The island is known for its pepper and for its tin. It was in the possession of the British from 1812 until the British ceded control of the island to the Dutch in the Anglo-Dutch Treaty of 1824. Its main town is Tanjungpandan.


It is a small island, moderately rugged terrain with several hills. The highest one is Mount Tajam with the height of only less than . Being surrounded by straits, its sea is moderately calm and shallow. Belitung is popular with its granite boulder white stones beach in Tanjung Tinggi, Tanjung Kelayang, Tanjung Binga and Lengkuas island.


The population is centered in several small towns, populated by approximately 200,000 inhabitants.


Belitung is a producer of tin, clay and silica sands. It also a producer of fishery products, pepper, and palm oil. People work as farmers, fishermen and miners. The island is easily accessible with daily 50-minute flights from Jakarta. Australian mining company BHP Billiton derives its name from this island.

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belitung in German: Belitung
belitung in Estonian: Belitung
belitung in Indonesian: Pulau Belitung
belitung in Italian: Belitung
belitung in Malay (macrolanguage): Pulau Belitung
belitung in Dutch: Billiton
belitung in Japanese: ブリトゥン島
belitung in Norwegian: Belitung
belitung in Polish: Belitung
belitung in Russian: Белитунг
belitung in Finnish: Belitung
belitung in Swedish: Belitung
belitung in Chinese: 勿里洞岛
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