East Timor travel guide

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East Timor is located in South-eastern Asia part of Oceania. It's total area is 15K km² and 61.8% of it is forest area. As of 2023 it has a total population of 1.4M. 32.5% lives in cities whereas 67.5% lives in rural areas.
East Timor ( (listen)), also known as Timor-Leste (; Portuguese pronunciation: [ti.ˈmoɾ ˈɫɛʃ.tɨ]), officially the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, is a country in Southeast Asia. It comprises the eastern half of the island of Timor, of which the western half is administered by Indonesia, the exclave of Oecusse on the island's north-western half, and the minor islands of Atauro and Jaco. Australia is the country's southern neighbour, separated by the Timor Sea. The country's size is 14,874 square kilometres (5,743 sq mi). Dili is its capital and largest city.

East Timor came under Portuguese influence in the sixteenth century, remaining a Portuguese colony until 1975. Internal conflict preceded a unilateral declaration of independence and an Indonesian invasion and annexation. Resistance continued throughout Indonesian rule, and in 1999 a United Nations–sponsored act of self-determination led to Indonesia relinquishing control of the territory. On 20 May 2002, as Timor-Leste, it became the first new sovereign state of the 21st century. That same year, relations with Indonesia were established and normalized, with Indonesia also supporting East Timor's accession into ASEAN.

The national government runs on a semi-presidential system, with the popularly elected president sharing power with a prime minister appointed by the National Parliament. Power is centralised under the national government, although many local leaders have informal influence. The country maintains a policy of international cooperation, and is a member of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries, an observer of the Pacific Islands Forum, and an applicant for ASEAN membership. The country remains relatively poor, with an economy that relies heavily on natural resources, especially oil, and foreign aid.

The total population is over 1.1 million, and is heavily skewed towards young people due to a high fertility rate. Education has led to the increasing literacy over the past half-century, especially in the two official languages of Portuguese and Tetum. High ethnic and linguistic diversity is reflected by the 30 indigenous languages spoken in the country. The majority of the population is Catholic, which exists alongside strong local traditions, especially in rural areas.

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💬 Languages

Portuguese is the official language.

💵 Currencies

The official currency is United States dollar [1 USD = 1 USD].

🏧 Cash / Credit card usage

We don't have any data for credit card usage in East Timor.

🧑‍🤝‍🧑 Tourism

In 2019, 74.8K tourists arrived to East Timor. In 2018, tourism has contributed to East Timor economy with a total of 78M $ income (%64).

📱 Bandwidth

Mobile internet & wifi is 🐌slow with 7.36 Mbps. Broadband is 🐌slow with 8.21 Mbps.

Mobile & Wifi (0.22 / 10)

Broadband (0.28 / 10)

☀️ Climate

Averag yearly temperature is 🔥 25 °C and very hot. Current 3 months (July, August and September) average is ☀️ 24 °C and hot. Current season (summer) is ☀️ 24 °C and hot.
Yearly average25 °C 🔥
3 month average24 °C ☀️
Spring average25 °C 🔥
Summer average24 °C ☀️
Fall average26 °C 🔥
Winter average26 °C 🔥
About seasons: Remember that seasons in Southern Hemisphere are opposite of the Northern one. This means that in Argentina and Australia, winter begins in June. Currently season averages are rendered according Northern Hemisphere.

📈 Economics

In 2023, gross national income (GNI) was 2.9B $ and with %-28.1 decrease GNI per capita was 2.1K $. In 2019, consumer inflation was calculated as %1.

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