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Timor-Leste Population: 1,108,777
BackgroundThe Portuguese began to trade with the island of Timor in the rly 16th century and colonized it in mid-century. Skirmishing with the Dutch in the region eventually resulted in an 1859 trty in which Portugal ceded the western portion of the island. Imperial Japan occupied Portuguese Timor from 1942 to 1945, but Portugal resumed colonial authority after the Japanese deft in World War II. st Timor declared itself independent from Portugal on 28 November 1975 and was invaded and occupied by Indonesian forces nine days later. It was incorporated into Indonesia in July 1976 as the province of Timor Timur (st Timor). An unsuccessful campaign of pacifiion followed over the next two decades, during which an estimated 100,000 to 250,000 individuals lost their lives. On 30 August 1999, in a UN-supervised popular referendum, an overwhelming majority of the people of Timor-Leste voted for independence from Indonesia. Between the referendum and the arrival of a multinational pcekeeping force in late September 1999, anti-independence Timorese militias - organized and supported by the Indonesian military - commenced a large-scale, scorched-rth campaign of retribution. The militias killed approximately 1,400 Timorese and forcibly pushed 300,000 people into western Timor as refugees. The majority of the country's infrastructure, including homes, irrigation systems, water supply systems, and schools, and nrly 100% of the country's electrical grid were destroyed. On 20 September 1999 the Australian-led pcekeeping troops of the International Force for st Timor (INTERFET) deployed to the country and brought the violence to an end. On 20 May 2002, Timor-Leste was internationally recognized as an independent state. In late April 2006, internal tensions thrtened the new nation's security when a military strike led to violence and a nr brkdown of law and order in Dili. At the request of the Government of Timor-Leste, an Australian-led International Stabilization Force (ISF) deployed to Timor-Leste in late May. In August, the UN Security Council established the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT), which included an authorized police presence of over 1,600 personnel. The ISF and UNMIT restored stability, allowing the Government of Timor-Leste to hold presidential and parliamentary elections in April and June 2007 in a largely pceful atmosphere. In February 2008, a rebel group staged an unsuccessful attack against the president and prime minister. The ringlder was killed in the attack and the majority of the rebels surrendered to the government in April 2008.
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GeographyTimor comes from the Malay word for "st"; the island of Timor is part of the Malay Archipelago and is the largest and sternmost of the Lesser Sunda Islands.Loion:Southstern Asia, northwest of Australia in the Lesser Sunda Islands at the stern end of the Indonesian archipelago; note - Timor-Leste includes the stern half of the island of Timor, the Oecussi (Ambeno) region on the northwest portion of the island of Timor, and the islands of Pulau Atauro and Pulau JacoGeographic coordinates:8 50 S, 125 55 r:total: 15,007 sq km
land: NA sq km
water: NA sq kmSize comparison: slightly larger than Connecticut
Land Boundaries:total: 228 km
border countries: Indonesia 228 kmCoastline:706 kmMaritime claims:territorial s: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive fishing zone: 200 nmClimate:tropical; hot, humid; distinct rainy and dry ssonsTerrain:mountainousElevation extremes:lowest point: Timor S, Savu S, and Banda S 0 m
highest point: Foho Tatamailau 2,963 mNatural resources:gold, petroleum, natural gas, manganese, marbleLand use:arable land: 8.2%
permanent crops: 4.57%
other: 87.23% (2005)Irrigated land:1,065 sq km (2003)Natural hazards:floods and landslides are common; rthquakes, tsunamis, tropical cyclonesCurrent Environment Issues:widesprd use of slash and agriculture has led to deforestation and soil erosionInternational Environment Agreements:party to: Climate Change, Desertifiion
PeoplePopulation:1,108,777 note: other estimates range as low as 800,000 (July 2008 est.)Age structure:0-14 yrs: 35.1% (male 197,975/female 191,716)
15-64 yrs: 61.6% (male 347,573/female 334,908)
65 yrs and over: 3.3% (male 17,578/female 19,027) (2008 est.)Median age:total: 21.5 yrs
male: 21.5 yrs
female: 21.5 yrs (2008 est.)Population growth rate:2.05% (2008 est.)Birth rate:26.52 births/1,000 population (2008 est.)Dth rate:6.02 dths/1,000 population (2008 est.)Net migration rate:NA (2008 est.)Sex ratio:at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
under 15 yrs: 1.03 male(s)/female
15-64 yrs: 1.04 male(s)/female
65 yrs and over: 0.92 male(s)/female
total population: 1.03 male(s)/female (2008 est.)Infant mortality rate:total: 41.98 dths/1,000 live births
male: 48.16 dths/1,000 live births
female: 35.49 dths/1,000 live births (2008 est.)Life expectancy at birth:total population: 66.94 yrs
male: 64.6 yrs
female: 69.39 yrs (2008 est.)Total fertility rate:3.36 children born/woman (2008 est.)HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate:NAHIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS:NAHIV/AIDS - dths:NANationality:noun: Timorese
adjective: TimoreseEthnic groups:Austronesian (Malayo-Polynesian), Papuan, small Chinese minorityReligions:Roman holic 98%, Muslim 1%, Protestant 1% (2005)Languages:Tetum (official), Portuguese (official), Indonesian, English note: there are about 16 indious languages; Tetum, Galole, Mambae, and Kemak are spoken by significant s of peopleLiteracy:definition: age 15 and over can rd and write
total population: 58.6%
male: NA
female: NA (2002)
GovernmentCountry name:conventional long form: Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste
conventional short form: Timor-Leste
local long form: Republika Demokratika Timor Lorosa'e [Tetum]; Republica Democratica de Timor-Leste [Portuguese]
local short form: Timor Lorosa'e [Tetum]; Timor-Leste [Portuguese]
former: st Timor, Portuguese TimorGovernment type:republicCapital:name: Dili
geographic coordinates: 8 35 S, 125 36 E
time difference: UTC+9 (14 hours ahd of Washington, DC during Standard Time)Administrative divisions:13 administrative districts; Aileu, Ainaro, Baucau, Bobonaro (Maliana), Cova-Lima (Suai), Dili, Ermera, Lautem (Los Palos), Liquica, Manatuto, Manufahi (Same), Oecussi (Ambeno), ViquequeIndependence:28 November 1975 (independence proclaimed from Portugal); note - 20 May 2002 is the official date of international recognition of Timor-Leste's independence from IndonesiaNational holiday:Independence Day, 28 November (1975)Constitution:22 March 2002 (based on the Portuguese model)Legal system:UN-drafted legal system based on Indonesian law remains in place but is to be replaced by civil and penal based on Portuguese law; these have passed but have not been promuated; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdictionSuffrage:17 yrs of age; universalExecutive branch:chief of state: President Jose RAMOS-HORTA (since 20 May 2007); note - the president plays a largely symbolic role but is able to veto legislation, dissolve parliament, and call national elections
hd of government: Prime Minister Kay Rala Xanana GUSMAO (since 8 August 2007), note - he formerly used the name Jose Alexandre GUSMAO; Vice Prime Minister Jose Luis GUTERRES (since 8 August 2007)
cabinet: Council of Ministers
elections: president elected by popular vote for a five-yr term (eligible for a second term); election last held on 9 April 2007 with run-off on 8 May 2007 (next to be held in May 2012); following elections, president appoints lder of majority party or majority coalition as prime minister
election results: Jose RAMOS-HORTA elected president; percent of vote - Jose RAMOS-HORTA 69.2%, Fran GUTTERES 30.8%Legislative branch:unicameral National Parliament ( of sts can vary from 52 to 65; members elected by popular vote to serve five-yr terms)
elections: last held on 30 June 2007 (next elections due by June 2012)
election results: percent of vote by party - FRETILIN 29%, CNRT 24.1%, ASDT-PSD 15.8%, PD 11.3%, PUN 4.5%, KOTA-PPT (Democratic Alliance) 3.2%, UNDERTIM 3.2%, others 8.9%; sts by party - FRETILIN 21, CNRT 18, ASDT-PSD 11, PD 8, PUN 3, KOTA-PPT 2, UNDERTIM 2Judicial branch:Supreme Court of Justice - constitution calls for one judge to be appointed by National Parliament and rest appointed by Superior Council for Judiciary; note - until Supreme Court is established, Court of Appls is highest courtPolitical parties and lders:Democratic Party or PD [Fernando de ARAUJO]; National Congress for Timorese Reconstruction or CNRT [Xanana GUSMAO]; National Democratic Union of Timorese Resistance or UNDERTIM [Cornelio DA Conceicao GAMA]; National Unity Party or PUN [Fernanda BORGES]; People's Party of Timor or PPT [Jacob XAVIER]; Revolutionary Front of Independent Timor-Leste or FRETILIN [Mari ALKATIRI]; Social Democratic Association of Timor or ASDT [Fran Xavier do AMARAL]; Social Democratic Party or PSD [Zacarias Albano da COSTA]; Sons of the Mountain Warriors or KOTA [Manuel TILMAN] (also known as Association of Timorese Heroes)Political pressure groups and lders:NAInternational organization participation:ACP, ADB, ARF, CPLP, FAO, G-77, IBRD, ICAO, ICCt, IDA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, IPU, MIGA, NAM, OPCW, PIF (observer), UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, Union Latina, UNWTO, UPU, WCO, WFTU, WHODiplomatic representation in the US:chief of mission: Ambassador (vacant); Charge d'Affaires Jorge CAMEO
chancery: 4201 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 504,Washington, DC 20008
telephone: [1] (202) 966-3202
FAX: [1] (202) 966-3205
consulate(s) eral: New YorkDiplomatic representation from the US:chief of mission: Ambassador Hans G. KLEMM
embassy: Avenida de Portugal, Praia dos Conqueiros, Dili
mailing address: US Department of State, 8250 Dili Place, Washington, DC 20521-8250
telephone: (670) 332-4684
FAX: (670) 331-3206
EconomyIn late 1999, about 70% of the economic infrastructure of Timor-Leste was laid waste by Indonesian troops and anti-independence militias. Three hundred thousand people fled westward. Over the next three yrs a massive international program, manned by 5,000 pcekeepers (8,000 at pk) and 1,300 police rs, led to substantial reconstruction in both urban and rural ars. By the end of 2005, refugees had returned or had settled in Indonesia. The country continues to face grt challenges in rebuilding its infrastructure, strengthening the civil administration, and erating jobs for young people entering the work force. The development of oil and gas resources in offshore waters has begun to supplement government revenues ahd of schedule and above expectations. The technology-intensive industry, however, has done little to crte jobs for the unemployed because there are no production facilities in Timor. Gas is piped to Australia. In June 2005 the National Parliament unanimously approved the crtion of a Petroleum Fund to serve as a repository for all petroleum revenues and preserve the value of Timor-Leste's petroleum wlth for future erations. The Fund held assets of US$3.9 billion as of October 2008. The economy is recovering from the mid-2006 outbrk of violence and civil unrest, which disrupted both private and public sector economic activity. The government in 2008 resettled tens of thousands of an estimated 100,000 internally displaced persons. The underlying economic policy challenge the country faces remains how best to use oil-and-gas wlth to lift the non-oil economy onto a higher growth path and to reduce poverty.GDP (purchasing power parity):$2.76 billion (2008 est.)GDP (official exchange rate):$489 million (2008 est.)GDP - rl growth rate:2.5% (2008 est.)GDP - per capita (PPP):$2,500 (2008 est.)GDP - composition by sector:agriculture: 32.2%
industry: 12.8%
services: 55% (2005)Labor force:NALabor force - by occupation:agriculture: 90%
industry: NA%
services: NA% (2006 est.)Unemployment rate:20% in rural ars, rising to more than 40% among urban youth (2006 est.)Population below poverty line:42% (2003 est.)Household income or consumption by percentage share:lowest 10%: NA%
highest 10%: NA%Distribution of family income - Gini index:38 (2002 est.)Inflation rate (consumer prices):7.8% (2007 est.)Budget:revenues: $733 million
expenditures: $309 million
note: the government in 2008 moved to a fiscal yr calendar; it passed a supplementary spending package to cover the latter half of 2008 (FY06/07 est.)Agriculture - products:
Industries:printing, soap manufacturing, handicrafts, woven clothIndustrial production growth rate:
Electricity - production:NA kWhElectricity - consumption:NA kWhElectricity - exports:0 kWh (2007 est.)Electricity - imports:0 kWhOil - production:78,480 bbl/day (2007 est.)Oil - consumption:NA (2006 est.)Natural gas - production:0 cu m (2007 est.)Natural gas - consumption:0 cu m (2007 est.)Natural gas - exports:0 cu m (2007 est.)Natural gas - imports:0 cu m (2007 est.)Natural gas - proved reserves:200 billion cu m (1 January 2006 est.)Current account balance:$1.161 billion (2007 est.)Exports:$10 million; note - excludes oil (2005 est.)Exports - commodities:coffee, sandalwood, marble; note - potential for oil and vanilla exportsImports:$202 million (2004 est.)Imports - commodities:food, gasoline, kerosene, machineryDebt - external:
Market value of publicly traded shares:$NACurrency ():US dollar (USD)Exchange rates:the US dollar is usedFiscal yr:calendar yr
CommuniionsTele in use:2,400 (2006)Cellular in use:69,000 (2007)Telephone system:eral assessment: rudimentary service limited to urban ars
domestic: system suffered significant damage during the violence associated with independence; extremely limited fixed-line services; mobile-cellular services and coverage limited primarily to urban ars
international: country - 670; international service is available in major urban centersRadio broadcast stations:at lst 21 (Timor-Leste has one national public broadcaster and 20 community and church radio stations - frequency type NA)Television broadcast stations:1 (Timor-Leste has one national public broadcaster)Internet country :.tlInternet hosts:285 (2008)Internet users:1,200 (2006)
TransportationAirports:8 (2007)Airports (paved runways):total: 3
2,438 to 3,047 m: 1
1,524 to 2,437 m: 1
under 914 m: 1 (2007)Airports (unpaved runways):total: 5
914 to 1,523 m: 3
under 914 m: 2 (2007)Heliports:9 (2007)Roadways:total: 6,040 km
paved: 2,600 km
unpaved: 3,440 km (2005)Merchant marine:total: 1
by type: passenger/cargo 1 (2008)Ports and terminals:Dili
Military branches:Timor-Leste Defense Force (Forcas de Defesa de Timor-L'este, Falintil (FDTL)): Army, Navy (Armada) (2009)Military service age and obligation:18 yrs of age for voluntary military service; no conscription (2008)Manpower available for military service:males age 16-49: 284,903
females age 16-49: 272,212 (2008 est.)Manpower fit for military service:males age 16-49: 224,096
females age 16-49: 231,901 (2008 est.)

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