About Timor leste



About Timor leste

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.


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Capital: Dili
Population: 1.269 million (2016)
World Bank Currency: United States Dollar
Official languages: Portuguese, Tetun



What needs to be done

  • Primary education, rural water and sanitation, and preventive health care are essential for the next generation.
  • Agriculture, including value-added processing, can sustain livelihoods, reduce imports, and support nutrition
  • Production for local consumption, with interim protection against cheap or damaging imports, should be the priority market
  • Ecotourism, light industry and niche export products can begin to substitute for oil


Where it is

The flag of East Timor

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