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Timor-Leste Geography 2018

SOURCE: 2018 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES











Timor-Leste Geography 2018
SOURCE: 2018 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES


Page last updated on February 28, 2018

Location:
Southeastern Asia, northwest of Australia in the Lesser Sunda Islands at the eastern end of the Indonesian archipelago; note - Timor-Leste includes the eastern half of the island of Timor, the Oecussi (Ambeno) region on the northwest portion of the island of Timor, and the islands of Pulau Atauro and Pulau Jaco

Geographic coordinates:
8 50 S, 125 55 E

Map references:
Southeast Asia

Area:
total: 14,874 sq km
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land: 14,874 sq km
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water: 0 sq km
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country comparison to the world: 160

Area - comparative:
slightly larger than Connecticut

Land boundaries:
total: 253 km
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border countries (1): Indonesia 253 km

Coastline:
706 km
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Maritime claims:
territorial sea: 12 nm
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contiguous zone: 24 nm
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exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm
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Climate:
tropical; hot, humid; distinct rainy and dry seasons

Terrain:
mountainous

Elevation:
mean elevation: NA
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elevation extremes: lowest point: Timor Sea, Savu Sea, and Banda Sea 0 m highest point: Foho Tatamailau 2,963 m

Natural resources:
gold, petroleum, natural gas, manganese, marble

Land use:
agricultural land: 25.1% arable land 10.1%; permanent crops 4.9%; permanent pasture 10.1%
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forest: 49.1%
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other: 25.8% (2011 est.)
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Irrigated land:
350 sq km (2012)
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Population - distribution:
most of the population concentrated in the western third of the country, particularly around Dili

Natural hazards:
floods and landslides are common; earthquakes; tsunamis; tropical cyclones

Environment - current issues:
widespread use of slash and burn agriculture has led to deforestation and soil erosion

Environment - international agreements:
party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification
signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements

Geography - note:
Timor comes from the Malay word for "east"; the island of Timor is part of the Malay Archipelago and is the largest and easternmost of the Lesser Sunda Islands

NOTE: 1) The information regarding Timor-Leste on this page is re-published from the 2018 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Timor-Leste Geography 2018 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Timor-Leste Geography 2018 should be addressed to the CIA.
2) The rank that you see is the CIA reported rank, which may habe the following issues:
  a) The assign increasing rank number, alphabetically for countries with the same value of the ranked item, whereas we assign them the same rank.
  b) The CIA sometimes assignes counterintuitive ranks. For example, it assigns unemployment rates in increasing order, whereas we rank them in decreasing order






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