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People of East Timor



People of East Timor live in the eastern part of the Malay Archipelago which is situated to the south of Australia. The People of East Timor proclaimed their independence on an official basis on 20th May, 2002. The People of East Timor agreed to acquire their Portuguese name Timor Leste on 27th September, 2002 and became the member of the United Nations.

The People of East Timor are mostly followers of Christianity and originate from Polynesian, Papuan and Malayan backgrounds. The official languages of the People of East Timor are Tetum and Portuguese. People of East Timor speak a bit of the Portuguese language and also 40 other kinds of Malayan and Papuan dialects.

The People of East Timor are one of the poorest in the continent of Asia and the country is also ranked as one of the least economically developed nations in the world. The People of East Timor have a literacy rate of 58 percent and the capital city of the People of East Timor is Dili.

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