East Timor

By Hailey Kang

Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste

Timor-Leste, known as East Timor, is a new country. It was independent since 2002, and was an official country in 1999. People have lived there for thousands of years, dating back to the 1500s, but as I wrote, it was an official country since 1999.

Main Products of East Timor

East Timor grows mostly corn, rice, and the leading money crop is coffee. East Timor also produces oil, natural gas, and sandal wood. Portugal has been trading sandalwood with East Timor since the 1500s, and gradually took charge of East Timor. But during a war, they lost charge, and East Timor became independent after a long time of being owned.

Capital of East Timor and About it

Dili is the capital of East Timor, and it is a small country on the island of Timor in Southeast Asia. About 50,000 people live there. Dili is also the country’s main port and largest city. It lies on East Timor’s northern shore.

Population of East Timor

2012 estimate: 1,117,000

East Timor's Size

Total area is 14,919 sq km

Geographic Lanforms

Much of East Timor's territory is rugged and mountainous, but the coastal plains are calm and fertile.


The citizens are called East Timorese, and there are indigenous people. They are called East Indies.


Most of the people are Roman Catholics. Most of the people of East Timor have Southeast Asian or South Pacific roots. Christianity is the chief religion. About three fourths of the people live in rural areas.

East Timor is a developing country.

The daytime temperature average is about 24 degrees celsius.


The major languages are Tetum, Portuguese, Indonesian, and English. But they speak dozens of more languages!


The president is José Ramos-Horta, and East Timor is a multi-party government.


The symbol of East Timor is a star.