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Fact Sheet

Timor-Leste, also known as East Timor, is a small country in South East Asia, located about 640 km northwest of Darwin, Australia. It comprises the eastern half of the island of Timor, the enclave of Oecussi-Ambeno in the northwestern part of the island, and Atauro and Jaco islands.

Official Name
Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste


14,609 km2

1.1 Million (UN, 2009)

US Dollar

Tétum and Portuguese are the official languages, Indonesian and English are also widely spoken.

Roman Catholic 98%, Muslim 1%, Protestant 1% (2005)

Time zone
GMT + 9 (no daylight savings)

Telecomminication :  good mobile phone coverage in main centers.

Dialling code

Internet domain

Coffee, rice, corn, cassava, sweet potatoes, soybeans, cabbage, mangoes, bananas and vanilla

Coffee, sandalwood, marble, potential for oil and vanilla exports

Life expectancy
60 years (men), 62 years (women)


Timor Leste has two seasons: wet (December to April) and dry (May to November). Day temperatures are around 30°C to 35°C year-round in the lowland areas, dropping to the low 20s overnight. In the mountain areas, warm-to-hot daytime temperatures drop to 15°C at night, less at altitude. At the end of the dry season in parts of the north coast temperatures hover over 35°C.
Best Diving                                     May-November
Best Trekking                                 May-November
Best Fishing                                   November-March
Best Dolphin/Whale Watching        October-December
Best Birding                                   All Year.


With direct air services daily from Denpasar (Bali) and Darwin (Australia) and three times a week from Singapore to Dili, Timor-Leste is easy to access from international markets.

For more information:

Air Timor
Sriwijaya Air

Tour / Activity Operators

Local tour operators can organize travel arrangements including accommodation, tours, transport and activities. In addition to scheduled small group departures they are happy to customize specific itineraries to meet your needs. Specialized tour programs and activities include diving, fishing, trekking, birding, culture, 4-wheel drive, motorcycle, education and volunteer tourism.

Local tour operators include:

Compass Charters
Eco Discovery
Island Explorer Holidays
Timor Adventures
Timor Mega Tours

Independent Travel

For those wanting to explore Timor- Leste independently local companies rent a wide range of vehicles including 4-wheel drive and motorcycles. Experienced drivers can be arranged if you prefer. Scheduled water taxi services also operate daily between Dili and Atauro Island.
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