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Timor-Leste now


Is it East Timor or Timor-Leste?

Most of the world knows this small Southeast Asian nation as East Timor, but the country changed its name to Timor-Leste in 2002.

“Timor” refers to the island area shared with Indonesia, and “leste” means “east” in Portuguese.

The official name that the United Nations and the International Organization for Standardization uses is Timor-Leste.


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