Timor Leste, or East Timor, a Southeast Asian nation occupying half the island of Timor, is ringed by coral reefs teeming with marine life. Landmarks in the capital, Dili, speak to the country's struggles for independence from Portugal in 1975 and then Indonesia in 2002. The iconic 27m-tall Cristo Rei de Dili statue sits on a hilltop high over the city, with sweeping views of the surrounding bay.
Languages: Portuguese, Indonesian, Tetum and numberous smaller languages
Ethnic Groups: Austronesian (Malayo-Polynesian), Papuan, small Chinese and European Portuguese descent.
Belief Systems: Catholic 97.57%, Protestant 1.96%, Muslim 0.24, Traditional 0.08, 0.05 Buddhist, 0.02 Hindu
Population: 1,242,000 (2017) (World Rank: 158)
Population Density: 220 people/mi^2 (World Rank: 123nd) (2014 estimate)
Population Growth: 2.36% (2017 est.)
Life Expectancy: 70.18 years (World Rank: 138th) (2021 estimate)
Median Age: 19.6 years (World Rank: 106th) (2020 estimate)
Sites for More Information:
Map of Timor Leste
Timor Leste - Country Profile
Timor Leste - General Information
Government Related Sites:
Timor Leste Embassy
in Washington D.C.
Government Web Sites
by Gunnar Anzinger