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The nation of Timor-Leste is an island nation about 400 miles off the northwest coast of Australia. Despite its proximity to that continent, however, it is not similar at all. It has its own languages, climate, and history. These factors have shaped the nation in to a unique state that is very different than any of its neighbors. To get a better understanding of Timor-Leste, it is helpful to learn a few fun facts about it.
5 Facts You Might Not Know
To look at a map of Timor-Leste, it is easy to think that the people of Timor-Leste might have descended from the Indonesians, because of its proximity. This would be incorrect; they are descended from the aboriginal people of Australia.
The majority of the population is Roman Catholic.
Timor-Leste is the nation's newest name. Before that it was East Timor. What makes that peculiar is that the word 'Timor', a word of both Indonesian and Portuguese origins, means east. That means the country was called 'East-East.'
Since there are only a little over one million people living on less than 6,000 square miles it is easy to think they all speak the same language. This is not the case. There are 17 languages spoken there and 15 of them are indigenous. Of those, they can be broken down further into 35 dialects.
Since Timor-Leste does not make the news much, it might be assumed that it is a new country and it is. It has only been under that name for a short time. The history of people there, however, goes back over 5,000 years.

The capital of Timor-Leste is Dili.
East Timor belongs to the Oceanian continent

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Airports in Timor-Leste

Lapangan Terbang Comoro, Baucau, and Oe-Cusse - Oe Cusse

Leaders of Timor-Leste
The Country dialling code of Timor-Leste is +670, and the TLD (Top-level domain) of Timor-Leste is .tp

Map of Timor-Leste



Languages spoken in Timor-Leste

Animals native to Timor-Leste / which animals live in Timor-Leste?

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Coordinates (in Latitude & Longitude) of Timor-Leste

8 50 S, 125 55 E

Kilometers of coastline

706 kilometers

Square kilometers of land

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Square kilometers of water

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Birth rate

26.77 / 1000 population

Death rate

6.19 / 1000 population

Irrigated land

1,065 sq km
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