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An Introduction to East Timor

The island of Timor lies at the south end of the Malay Archipelago and is divided between the independent state of East Timor (properly Timor-Leste), and West Timor which belongs to the Indonesian province of East Nusa Tenggara. See full country profile.

Latest Research News from East Timor

Oct 19
Shopper insights firm Kantar Worldpanel has launched a household panel in the United Arab Emirates, driven by a mobile application. Oct 19 2017
Oct 16
Middle Eastern agency 4SiGHT has appointed former Evo Research and TNS researcher Prachi Dixit as Director, Consumer and Market Insights, Middle East and Africa. Oct 16 2017


0 current East Timorese jobs at present - sorry



Fast Facts
Map of East Timor
CAPITAL: Dili
GOVERNMENT: Republic
AREA: 15,007 sq km
POPULATION: 1,066,582 (2010 est.)
MAJOR LANGUAGE: Tetum, Portugese
Native fishing boat, East Timor
Native fishing boat, East Timor


A Taste of Paradise? As the nearest island with a European settlement at the time, Timor was the destination of William Bligh and seamen loyal to him following the infamous mutiny on the Bounty in 1789. It was also where survivors of the wrecked HMS Pandora, sent to arrest the Bounty mutineers, landed in 1791 after that ship sank in the Great Barrier Reef.

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East Timor in Profile

The island of Timor lies at the south end of the Malay Archipelago and is divided between the independent state of East Timor (properly Timor-Leste), and West Timor which belongs to the Indonesian province of East Nusa Tenggara.

East Timor was a colony of Portugal until the latter's withdrawal in 1975. Following internal unrest it was then invaded and annexed by Indonesia, and became known as Timor Timur or 'Tim-Tim' for short - but this was never recognised by the United Nations or Portugal and was resisted by a prolonged guerilla campaign. In a UN-backed referendum in 1999, its people rejected the offer of autonomy within Indonesia. East Timor achieved independence in 2002 and is now officially known as Timor-Leste.The country's economy is one of the world's poorest, with attempts at post-colonial modernisation failing to kick-start trade, and unemployment is rife.

Some Business and General Info

GDP: $2.74bn ($2,521 per capita) (2009 est)

Religions Christianity - 90% of the population. Roman Catholics are the majority on both halves of the island; Catholic outnumber Protestants in West Timor by about a 1.5:1 ratio. Islam - 5%. Animist - 5%.

Currency: US Dollar

Telephone Code: +670

Research Industry

Association: We're not aware of a Market Research association for East Timor.

Overview of Trade and Industry

According to the CIA World Factbook, the main exports of East Timor are Coffee, Sandalwood and Marble ($10m in 2005), and there is also potential for vanilla and oil exports. Imports to East Timor totaled $202m in 2004, and consisted mainly of food, gasoline, kerosene and machinery.

The main industries on East Timor are printing, soap manufacturing, handicrafts and weaving.

Wikipedia notes that the economy of East Timor is one of the world's poorest, in part due to decades of both neglect and misaligned economic priorities under Portuguese and subsequent Indonesian administration, followed by the widespread destruction of infrastructure and property in post-independence violence in 1999.

Under international guidance, much of East Timor's agriculture sector was converted from subsistence crops to cash crops in an attempt at creating an export-oriented ec'nomy. This drive largely failed due to low global market prices on the chosen export crops such as coffee, which is hovering at a 20-year-low. Following this policy and lacking its former subsistence crops, East Timor entered 2005 with chronic food shortages. 70% of the population went hungry to varying degrees, and there were at least 58 confirmed deaths from starvation. Parallel to this GDP contraction, consumer prices rose by 4-5% in 2003-2004. It is estimated that 50% of the population is unemployed.

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