East Timor (Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste) is an island state in Southeast Asia, which occupies a half of the island of Timor and two small neighborhood islands - Atauro (to the north) and Jaco (to the east). The capital - Dili - is very much like the Portuguese province. There are many Catholic churches, a good State Museum, the market where you can buy original products of local craftsmen.
A relief of the country is predominantly mountainous, the highest point is Mount Tatamailau, 2963 m. The climate is sub-equatorial monsoon with dry and wet seasons. The average -temperature + 25-27ºC.
One-third of the country’s territory is covered by forests: deciduous - to the north, to the south - wet evergreen forests, along the northern coast – mangrove forests. In mountainous and foothill areas there are forests of sandalwood.
East Timor is a democratic republic. Official languages are Tetum and Portuguese. It is one of two Catholic countries in Asia, together with the Philippines.
First people appeared on the island about 4 thousand years ago, and first Europeans during the era of great geographical discoveries. For several centuries Timor was a Portuguese colony, and then was occupied by Indonesia. In 2002, after a struggle against Indonesian domination, the country has gained an independence.
Much of the country\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s infrastructure was destroyed during the war, but tourists are attracted here with magnificent beaches, pristine sandalwood forests and unique underwater world. On the island of Los Palos there is the National Park of Jaco, where 25 species of rare birds are found.
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