Bangka–Belitung Islands is a province of Indonesia. The province includes two main islands, Bangka and Belitung, and several smaller ones that lie east of the Sumatran mainland and northeast of South Sumatra province. The Bangka Strait separates Sumatra and Bangka, and the Gaspar Strait separates Bangka and Belitung. The South China Sea is to the north, the Java Sea is to the south, and the province is separated from Borneo in the east by the Karimata Strait.
The province was formerly part of South Sumatra, but became a separate province along with Banten and Gorontalo in 2000. In 2010 its population was 1,223,048. The capital is Pangkal Pinang.
These islands are the largest producer of tin in Indonesia. They also produce white pepper.
Bangka Belitung has many beaches and smaller islands which have attracted tourists from around the world. The most well known beaches are Matras, Parai, Tanjung Pesona, Batu Bedaun, Remodong, Pasir Padi, Tanjung Kelian, Rebo, and Telok Uber Beach.
According to Health Department of Indonesia (DEPKES), Bangka Belitung is highly malarious area. Annual Malaria Incidence rate at Bangka Belitung is reported as 29.3/1000 population. (Indonesia Health Map 2007, DEPKES, RI)
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