Denpasar (ᬤᬾᬦ᭄ᬧᬲᬃ) is the capital of Bali and the main gateway to the island. The city is also a hub for other cities in the Lesser Sunda Islands. With the rapid growth of the tourism industry in Bali, Denpasar has encouraged and promoted business activities and ventures, contributing to it having the highest growth rate in Bali Province. It sits at the heart of the Denpasar Extended Metropolitan Area (Sarbagita).
Economy The development of tourism and structural changes in the economy have had a strong impact on Denpasar. Trade, hotels, and restaurants dominate the city's gross regional domestic product. Also boosting the economy of Denpasar is the production of craft items such as souvenir carvings and sculpture. The craft industry, however, is experiencing pressure due to the impact of the global financial crises and competition from other Asian developing countries such as Vietnam, Thailand, India, Malaysia and China. These competitor countries maximise the scale of production by utilising industrial technology, while at Denpasar the craft industry remains focused on traditional skills and handmade goods, limiting the quantity of production.
Denpasar was ranked #420 by the Nomad List which evaluates and ranks remote work hubs by cost, internet, fun and safety. Denpasar has a population of over 897,300 people. Denpasar also forms part of the wider Sarbagita metropolitan area which has a population of over 2,223,070 people.