Interesting East Timor Facts

East Timor is an island country located in South-Eastern Asia where it is bordered by the Banda Sea, Pacific Ocean and Timor Sea. It spreads over 14,874 km2 of land. The overall population of East Timor is somewhere in the region of 1,296,311.

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East Timor Fact File: Continent: Asia * Country Name(s): East Timor, Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste * Location: South-Eastern Asia * Bordering: the Banda Sea, Pacific Ocean and Timor Sea * Capital City: Dili * Size: 14,874 km2 * Estimated Population: over 1,296,311 * Currency: United States dollar (USD) * Language(s): Portuguese and Tetum * Country Code: +670

Interesting East Timor Facts for Kids

Interesting Facts for Kids 1: Size & location facts
East Timor forms part of the continent of Asia, it is classed as an island country and is situated in the Banda Sea, Pacific Ocean and Timor Sea in South-Eastern Asia. There are seven continents in the world: Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Europe, Antarctica, Australia (Oceania). Asia is the largest continent in the world, it has 48 countries, with some countries belonging to both Asia and Europe. It spans a total area of 43,820,000 km2 and forms 29.5% of the world's landmass. East Timor is an island country that spreads across a total area of approximately 14,874 km2. It is found occupying the eastern part of the island of Timor of which the remainder is shared with Indonesia. The islands of Atauro, Jaco and Oecusse are located near to Timor Island and also belong to East Timor, as does an exclave on the Indonesia side of Timor.

Interesting Facts for Kids 2: Population facts
The population of this Asian country is somewhere in the region of 1,296,311 people. The majority of East Timor's inhabitants reside in Dili which is the country's most populous city. East Timor has a low to average population when compared to most other countries across the world, its overall population density is approximately 76 people per sq km. The estimated population of Asia is approximately 4,393,296,000 inhabitants, making it the continent with the largest population in the world. The continents in order of population, starting with highest population first, are: Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Europe, Australia (Oceania Region) and Antarctica. The total population of the entire world is in excess of 7.6 billion people.

Interesting Facts for Kids 3: Capital & major cities
East Timor's capital city is called Dili. The names of other major cities situated in this country are Same, Maliana, Suai, Liquica and Aileu.

Interesting Facts for Kids 4: Country borders
The following guideline provides details on the approximate border lengths of East Timor:
Coastline 620 km, Indonesia 253 km.

Interesting Facts for Kids 5: Climate and geography facts
East Timor has a hot tropical climate with high humidity, and wet and dry seasons. The temperatures typically range from 20 to 33 degrees Celsius during the driest months which occur from May to November. The geography of East Timor is dominated by mountainous regions. The lowest point of East Timor is the Timor Sea, Savu Sea, and Banda Sea at 0m, and the highest point of elevation is Foho Tatamailau at 2,963m.

Interesting Facts for Kids 6: Natural Resources of East Timor
Natural resources can be defined as materials and substances that occur naturally on Earth. Natural resources are very important across the world, and can be exploited for economic gain. The level of resources that occur naturally in an individual country are influenced by varying factors such as the geography, climate and location of that country. Some countries are very rich in natural resources, where as others have limited to none. Countries that have particularly rich resources include Russia, The United States, Saudi Arabia and Canada. Food, construction and transport are three primary examples of uses of natural resources. The following information provides examples of these uses: fish occurs naturally in streams, rivers, lakes and oceans, and can be caught for food consumption. Wood/timber can be extracted from forests for construction purposes, i.e. to build homes and furniture. Crude oils can be refined into different kinds of fuels in order to power vehicles/cars. The natural resources of East Timor include gold, natural gas, petroleum, manganese and marble.

Interesting Facts for Kids 7: Language facts
The official language of East Timor is Tetun Prasa. Mambai and Makasai are also widely spoken in the Dominican Republic. Other languages that are spoken by a small percentage of the overall population include Tetun Terik, Kemak, Baikenu, Bunak, Fataluku, Tokodede, Waima'a, Naueti, Galoli, Idate and Midiki.

Interesting Facts for Kids 8: Religion facts
The main religion of East Timor is Roman Catholic at approximately 97% of the population. The rest of the population either belongs to other religions or no religion at all.

Interesting Facts for Kids 9: Symbols of East Timor
Each country across the world has its own unique culture, history and identity. Flags, emblems, symbols, colors, mottos, anthems and songs are used to symbolize the pride and individuality of a nation. These national symbols are formed through the unique history of a nation and are symbolic of both hardship and prosperity, embodying freedom, strength and unity. Flags, emblems, colors, songs and mottos reflect the past, present and future aspirations of a country, and create an important image to the rest of the world. National symbols can include a mixture of things that are symbolic to a country such as animals, birds, flowers, trees, geographical features, tools of agriculture, crops, and tools of war. The following facts and information provide a guide to some of the most important national symbols, songs and colors of East Timor:

  • National symbol(s): Mount Ramelau

  • National colors: red, yellow, black and white

  • National Anthem/Song: Patria (Translation: Fatherland)

  • National Holiday(s): Restoration of Independence Day, 20 May (2002); Proclamation of Independence Day, 28 November (1975)

  • National Motto(s): Honra, pátria e povo (Translation: Honour, homeland and people)

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