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East Timor

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East Timor was invaded and annexed by Indonesia in 1975. Indonesia granted independence to the province in 1999 after a referendum result in favour of independence, and it became fully independent on 20th May 2002.

For supplementary information, see links to post office home pages here External, to postal code pages here External and to other personal name and addressing issues pages here External.

Table of Contents

East Timor - Country information


Local short name form

Official name



1 341 737 (2022) [1]



International telephone access code


ISO 3166 country codes

Car nationality plate code


Internet country code


GRC Country Code


East Timor - Number format

   Note: This section last updated 13th April 2021
   1 234,45

(where , indicates the decimal separator and a space the thousands separator).

East Timor - Date and time formats


   Note: This section last updated 13th April 2021

East Timor - Languages


Tetum Prasa External (50 000 speakers) and Portuguese External are the official languages of East Timor. A further 17 languages are spoken, the most important being Bunak External (50 000 speakers), Galoli External (50 000 speakers), Kemak External (50 000 speakers), Makasae External (70 000 speakers), Mambae External (80 000 speakers) and Tukudede External (50 000 speakers).

East Timor - Example address formats


   Note: This section last updated 26th June 2021

Addresses are generally written in Portuguese and may include a district within Dili. Many addresses do not include a building number. A telephone number may be found written within the address block.




   A table containing information about the relevant position of elements within address blocks can be acquired External

East Timor - Post office box


This may be found as Case Postale or Kotak Pos.

East Timor - Postal codes


   Note: This section last updated 26th June 2021

East Timor has no postal code system.

There a reports of a system being introduced, with each code having the format:


The first two digits indicate a region, the third an office type and the final two a delivery code. It is being written to the right of the city name. As yet, we do not have confirmation that this system has been implemented.

East Timor - Postal code format graphic


East Timor - Postal code format


East Timor - Postal code specifics


East Timor - Postal code regular expression


East Timor - Postal code level of coverage


East Timor - Postal code map


East Timor - Administrative districts


   Note: This section last updated 9th January 2022

East Timor has 13 municipalities External and 1 special administrative region, shown in the list below with an asterisk. They are:

    Aileu External
    Ainaro External
    Atauro External
    Baucau External
    Bobonaro External
    Cova Lima External
    Dili External
    Ermera External
    Lautém External
    Liquiçá External
    Manatuto External
    Manufahi External
    Oe-Cusse Ambeno * External
    Viqueque External

Administrative districts graphic


Telephone numbers in East Timor


   Note: This section last updated 31st July 2012

East Timorean numbers have no area codes. Subscriber numbers have 7 or 8 digits. Mobile numbers commence with 72-78.

   Tables of telephone number information/formats can be acquired – see http://www.grcdi.nl/telephone.htm External 


  1. ^ citypopulation.de/en/timor/admin/ External 20230829

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