The official languages of Timor-Leste are Portuguese and Tetum, although Indonesian and English are also spoken here.
Apparently, ‘Timor’ comes from the Malay word ‘timur’, meaning east; that means that when the country was formerly known as East Timor, it was actually called ‘East East’ when translated!
The United States Dollar is the official currency here.
Timor-Leste has gained independence twice – firstly from Portugal in 1975 and then from Indonesia in 1999.
The average life span here is 68 years.
Fishhooks and beads made from shells which been found on the island have been radiocarbon dated to around 30,000 years ago! What an incredible find!
Local legend has it that the island of Timor was formed from the body of an ageing crocodile as compensation to a little boy who helped him while he was unwell, and natives of the island are thought to be descendants of the little boy!