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Aceh (pronounced "ah-chey", various spellings include Acheh, Atjeh and Achin) is a province and special territory (daerah istimewa) of Indonesia, located in the northern part of the island of Sumatra, the largest island in the Indonesian archipelago. Population 4.2 million.

For many years, travel in this part of Indonesia had been restricted by the Government due to separatist rebel activities. More recently, on 26 December 2004, the coastal portions of the area were devastated by a huge earthquake triggering a tsunami, which is estimated to have killed up over 160,000 people and completely devastated coastal infrastructure (including the capital city of Banda Aceh), and made over 500,000 people homeless.

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Since the peace agreement was signed in Helsinki on 15 August 2005, the Indonesian Government, in cooperation with the European Union, has been working with the local militia to disarm weapons, with great success. After the tsunami, the UN and numerous international aid agencies moved in, in a quest to reconstruct the area.

The province is governed by Sharia law. Moderate dress and related behaviour under this type of governance is expected. Things are more relaxed on Sabang/Pulau Weh north of Banda Aceh on the northern tip of Sumatra, best known for its snorkeling and diving.

The largest portion of Leuser National Park is in Aceh Province, and provides habitat for many endangered species, including the Sumatran Tiger and forest Rhinoceros.

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