Timor-Leste, or East Timor, a Southeast Asian nation occupying half the island of Timor, is ringed by coral reefs teeming with marine life.
Landmarks in the capital, Dili, speak to the country’s struggles for independence from Portugal in 1975 and then Indonesia in 2002.
The iconic 27m-tall Cristo Rei de Dili statue sits on a hilltop high over the city, with sweeping views of the surrounding bay.

Fact file

Capital: Dili
Currency: United States Dollar, Indonesian rupiah, East Timor centavo coins
Religions: Catholicism Protestant, Sunni Muslim
Languages: Portuguese, Tetun

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