Thursday, 23 April 2015

Timor-Leste: The Youngest Country In The World

East Timor, officially the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, is a country in Maritime Southeast Asia. It comprises the eastern half of the island of Timor, the nearby islands of Atauro and Jaco, and Oecusse, an exclave on the northwestern side of the island, within Indonesian West Timor. The country's size is about 15,410 km2. East Timor was colonized by Portugal in the 16th century, and was known as Portuguese Timor until Portugal's decolonization of the country.

In late 1975, East Timor declared its independence but later that year was invaded and occupied by Indonesia and was declared Indonesia's 27th province the following year. In 1999, following the United Nations-sponsored act of self-determination, Indonesia relinquished control of the territory, and East Timor became the first new sovereign state of the 21st century on May 20, 2002. After independence, East Timor became a member of the United Nations and the Community of Portuguese Language Countries. In 2011, East Timor announced its intention to gain membership status in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations by submitting a letter of application to become its eleventh member. The capital and largest city is Dili. The currency is United States dollarc (USD).

Some interesting facts are:
1. In May 2002, East Timor became the first new sovereign state of the twenty-first century.

2. East Timor is one of only two primarily Roman Catholic countries in Southeast Asia, the other being Philippines.

3. Foho Tatamailau (2,963 m) forms the highest point in East Timor.

4. It is said that the island of Timor has a shape much similar to that of a crocodile.

5. Ancient Timor used to export beeswax, spices, and fragrant sandalwood.

6. Printing, soap manufacturing and handicrafts form the major industries of Timor.

7. Their main agricultural produce is coffee, rice, maize and cassava.

8. Poetry is an integral part of the tradition and the island is home to many ardent poets. Even the Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão is a notable poet.

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For tourism details visit: @dntmtci @TurisTimorLeste

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