Timor-Leste Facts and Culture

  • Food and Recipes: Typically, breakfast is served by 7 AM, lunch between noon and 2: 00 PM, and dinner between 6 and 8pm.... More
  • Family: The extended family is paramount in the lives of East Timorese, though families have been split by the recent conflict,... More
  • Fashion: East Timorese dress in casual clothing, including loose pants and patterned shirts for both men and women. In villages, people... More
  • Visiting: Visiting informally between friends and family is enjoyed. An invitation is usual for new acquaintances or strangers. Before entering a... More

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Capital Dili
Government Type semi-presidential republic
Currency IDR
Population 1,261,072
Total Area 5,743 Square Miles
14,874 Square Kilometers
Location Southeastern Asia, northwest of Australia in the Lesser Sunda Islands at the eastern end of the Indonesian archipelago; note - Timor-Leste includes the eastern half of the island of Timor, the Oecussi (Ambeno) region on the northwest portion of the island of Timor, and the islands of Pulau Atauro and Pulau Jaco
Language Tetum (official), Portuguese (official), Indonesian, English

note: there are about 16 indigenous languages; Tetum, Galole, Mambae, and Kemak are spoken by significant numbers of people
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