Timor Leste

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Timor Leste

Timor Leste


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Area: 14,874 sq km

Eastern half of Timor and the Ocussi-Ambenu enclave in Indonesian West Timor and Atauro Island.

Population: 1,171,163    Annual Growth: 3.38%

Capital: Dili

Urbanites: 28.1%

HDI Rank: 162 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)


Official language: Portuguese (13.5% understand), Tetum (and its dialects) is understood by 91%. Bahasa Indonesia is also common, understood by 43%    Languages: 19 All languages


Largest Religion: Christian

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr

Challenges for Prayer

Timor appears caught in a descending spiral of poverty, poor health and illiteracy. It is the poor who suffer most from the violence and destruction wrought by various factions. With a shattered infrastructure and ill-equipped public servants, the nation needs transformation in all spheres of life. Major investments are needed in education, job creation, health care and training of leadership. The oil and gas fields of the Timor Sea will hopefully bring the finances required; pray that Australia will be fair and generous in sharing the revenues, and that the income will be justly and wisely invested into projects that benefit the whole population and not just enrich a few.

     For an additional 3 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.

More Information

The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Timor Leste.