Area: 15,007 sq. km.
Cities: Capital--Dili, Baucau.
Climate: Tropical; hot, semi-arid; rainy and dry seasons.
Nationality: Noun--Timorese; adjective--Timorese.
Population (2004): 923,198.
Religion: Catholic 96.5%.
Languages: Portuguese, Tetum (official languages); English, Bahasa
Indonesia (working languages).
Health: Life expectancy--55.5 years. Mortality rate
(under 5)--126 per 1,000 live births.
Type: Parliamentary democracy.
Independence (from Portugal): November 28, 1975.
Restoration of independence: May 20, 2002. (See History section.)
Constitution: March 2002.
Branches: Executive--president (head of state), prime
minister (head of government), cabinet. Legislative--unicameral
parliament. Judicial--Supreme Court and supporting hierarchy.
As the Supreme Court has not yet been formed, the Court of Appeal
functions, on an interim basis, as the Supreme Court.
Major political parties: Revolutionary Front of Independent East
Timor (FRETILIN), Democratic Party (PD), Social Democratic Party (PSD),
Timorese Social Democratic Association (ASDT), Timorese Democratic
Union (UDT), and Klibur Oan Timor Asuwain (KOTA).
GDP (2004 est.): $322 million.
GDP per capita (nominal): $430.
GDP composition by sector: Services 57%, agriculture 25%, industry
Industry: Types--coffee, oil and natural gas.
Trade: Exports--coffee, oil and natural gas. Major markets--Australia,
Europe, Japan, United States. Imports--basic manufactures,
commodities. Major sources--Australia, Europe, Indonesia,
Japan, United States.