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East Timor

Timor Leste

The two official languages of East Timor are Portuguese and Tetum. The latter of which is the most widely spoken nowadays and is part of the Malayo-Polynesian family of languages. However, before the nation became a sovereign country, Indonesian was the main language on the island.

Presently, English and Indonesian are defined as “working languages” and mainly used by the government. Due to Chinese immigration some communities also speak Mandarin, Cantonese and specially Hakka.

Although the island is quite small it has 31 national languages (with great influence of Mambae, Kemak, Fataluku, Bunak, Galoli and Makasae), most of them coming from the Austronesian family as well as the Malyo-Polynesian family, with some of them having Papuan roots.
Population: 1200000
Languages: Portugueseofficial
Time Zone: UTC+09:00
Calling code: +670
Currency:
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Embaixadores Polly de Timor Leste

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Countries where Portuguese is spoken

Países onde se fala português

Dependent territories where Portuguese is spoken

Territórios dependentes onde o português é falado

Transnational organizations where Portuguese is an official language

Organizações internacionais onde o português é a língua oficial

Regions where Portuguese is spoken

As regiões onde se fala o português

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