The Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, commonly known as East Timor, is in Southeast Asia. It lies in the Lesser Sunda Islands at the eastern end of the Indonesian archipelago and at the base of the “Coral Triangle”, which hosts the highest diversity of coral reef fish species on earth. The country has some of the world’s best scuba diving, although tourism is still in its infancy. Timor-Leste has two official languages, Tetum and Portuguese, and about 37 others. Coffee is the country’s main export. Ancient legend says that the island of Timor was formed by an elderly crocodile, out of gratitude to a local boy who had helped it when it was sick. Timor-Leste

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