Tarakan, North Kalimantan

Tarakan
City of Tarakan
Kota Tarakan
Skyline of Tarakan
Official seal of Tarakan
Seal
Location within North Kalimantan
Location within North Kalimantan
Tarakan is located in Kalimantan
Tarakan
Tarakan
Location in Kalimantan and Indonesia
Tarakan is located in Indonesia
Tarakan
Tarakan
Tarakan (Indonesia)
Coordinates: 3°18′0″N 117°38′0″E / 3°18′0″N 117°38′0″E / 3.30000; 117.63333
Country Indonesia
Province North Kalimantan
Established15 December 1997
Government
 • MayorSofyan Raga
 • Vice MayorKhaerudin Arief Hidayat
Elevation
0 m (0 ft)
Population
(2010)
 • Total193,069
Time zoneUTC+8 (Indonesia Central Time)
www.tarakankota.go.id

Tarakan is the largest city of the Indonesian province of North Kalimantan. The island of Tarakan is located in northern Borneo, just across the border from Sabah, Malaysia. Once a major oil-producing region during the colonial period, Tarakan had great strategic importance during the Pacific War and was among the first Japanese targets early in the war. It is the sole city within the newly established (in 2012) Indonesian province of North Kalimantan.

Etymology

The name Tarakan comes from the Tidung language: Tarak (meeting place) and ngakan (to eat); thus Tarakan was originally a meeting place for sailors and traders in the Tidung area to eat, rest and trade their catch.[1]

Other Languages
Afrikaans: Tarakan
العربية: تاراكان
Bân-lâm-gú: Tarakan
čeština: Tarakan (město)
Esperanto: Tarakan
فارسی: تاراکان
français: Tarakan
한국어: 타라칸
Bahasa Indonesia: Kota Tarakan
italiano: Tarakan
Basa Jawa: Kutha Tarakan
Malagasy: Kota Tarakan
മലയാളം: തരകൻ
Bahasa Melayu: Kota Tarakan
日本語: タラカン市
polski: Tarakan
svenska: Tarakan
ᨅᨔ ᨕᨘᨁᨗ: Tarakan
中文: 打拉根