East Timor Guide

East Timor Guide

Country data

Location: Southeast Asia

Time zone: CET + 7 (during summer time: CET + 6)

Total area: 14,874 km²

Land area: 14,874 km²

Water area: 0 km²

Length of the state border: 253 km

including: Indonesia: 253 km

Coastline: 706 km

Capital: Dili

Districts: 13
Aileu, Ainaro, Baucau, Bobonaro (Maliana), Cova-Lima (Suai), Dili, Ermera (Gleno), Lautem (Los Palos), Liquica, Manatuto, Manufahi (Same), Oecussi (Ambeno), Viqueque

Electric current: 220 V / 50 Hz

Telephone code: 00 670 (Source: Allcitycodes)

Highest point: Foho Tatamailau 2,963 m


Population: approx. 1.26 million residents (Countryaah, 2021)

Population growth: 2.3% per year

Population density (residents per km²): 85

Life expectancy: 67 (male), 70 (female)

Official language: Portuguese, Tetum


  • 97% Roman Catholic
  • 2% Protestants
  • 1% other


In the tropical climate it is hot and humid all year round.

During the dry season from late April to mid-November, there is often a major drought with very low humidity. Rain hardly falls at all. During the day the temperature is usually around 30-35 ° C and at night around 20 ° C. In the higher mountains it can get much colder at night.

The rainy season lasts from late November to mid-April and often brings with it floods.

Currency / finance

Currency unit: US dollar (USD)

Division: 1 dollar = 100 cents

ATMs: Only available in the capital Dili.

International credit cards: Very few shops accept them.

Regulations: Foreign and national currencies can be imported and exported in unlimited amounts. A declaration is required from an equivalent value of 10,000 US dollars.

In addition to the US dollar, own coins with face values ​​of 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 centavos were issued. One centavo corresponds to one US cent.

Travel advice

There is no embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Timor-Leste. The German embassy in Jakarta / Indonesia is responsible.

In urgent emergencies, German nationals can contact the Portuguese embassy in Dili.


Most of the population, around 70 percent, works in agriculture, forestry and fishing.

However, the highest share of the gross domestic product (over 75%) is made up of the extraction and export of oil.

Industries: handicrafts, soap making, textiles

Natural resources: natural gas, petroleum, gold, manganese, marble

Land use:

  • Usable land: 10%
  • Grain cultivation: 5%
  • Pasture area: 10%
  • Forests: 49%
  • other: 26%
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