5 Interesting Facts About East Timor

East Timor is on an island that is also occupied by Indonesia. It sits in the Indian Ocean and is surrounded by Indonesian West Timor. It is a sovereign state in Maritime Southeast Asia. East Timor closest neighbor after Indonesia is Australia to the South. It has two official languages the Tetum and Portuguese. However, Indonesian and English are the working languages in the state. East Timor has interesting facts that you should know.

Fact 1

East Timor has a population of 1,225,000 people as per 2017 tally. However, its population is quickly growing due to the high rate of birth as well as returning refugees. It is the 154th largest country in the world. Dilli is its capital city. Dili is the largest city and acts as the main port and commercial center for people in East Timor. It became the capital city in 2002 after East Timor gained independence. Also in the same year East Timor became the first new sovereign state of the 21ts century. Something to note, East Timor was first colonized by the Portuguese and gained independence in 1975. However, their neighboring country, Indonesia invaded and conquered East Timor till May 2002. 

Fact 2

The country has one national park known as Nino Konis Santana National Park. The park covers 1,236 square kilometers and also includes the 556 square kilometers of the coral triangle. The park was established in 2007 to give the citizens a place to enjoy nature. It links crucial bird areas like Lake Ira Lalaro, Lore, Mount Paitchau and Jacob Island. East Timor highest peak is Mount Ramelau at 2963 m. Their sceneries are beautiful and breathtaking. 

Fact 3

You can easily get to Atauro Island from East Timor capital. The island is 24 kilometers north of Dilli and is home to almost 8000 people. The unique feature of the island is its biodiverse waters. Its water has the most species of reef fish on the planet. Most people engage in diving, whale-watching, and enjoy the white and gold-sand beaches. 

Fact 4

Most of the people are Roman Catholics. The country has a statue of Jesus in Dilli East Timor. It is known as the Cristo Rei of Dili, which is a 27-meter high statue. The statue was a gift from the Indonesian government in 1996. It acts as the main tourist attractions in the country. Also, they have Protestants, Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists. 

Fact 5

East Timor has some of the most valuable resources like gold, petroleum, manganese, natural gas, and marble. They also have fertile lands as they can plant coffee and export it to other countries. They also export marble and sandalwood. However, they import kerosene, machinery, and gasoline. They use US Dollars as their currency to carry out trade.

To sum up, East Timor is a beautiful country, but it is one of the most neglected tourist attraction areas. However, with knowledge of its waters, sceneries you should consider paying a visit to enjoy the attractions.