Noted for Cristo Rei of Dili, a statue of Jesus 88.6 feet tall (27 meters) that sits on a sculptured copper globe, Dili is the capital city of East Timor. Located in maritime Southeast Asia, the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste is the sovereign state’s official name.
East Timor’s exported an estimated US$63.7 million worth of products around the globe in 2016.
East Timor’s highest-value exported products are crude oil, coffee, petroleum gas, pasta and electronic circuits according to the International Trade Centre.
Capital Facts for Dili, East Timor: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Archives and Museum of East Timorese Resistance, Presidential Palace, Cemetery of Santa Cruz, Dare War Memorial Museum and the One Dollar Beach
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Dili, East Timor:
- Alex Tilman, actor (born Oct. 4, 1976)
- Mari Alkatiri, first prime minister (born Nov. 26, 1949)
- José Ramos-Horta, UN special representative (born Dec. 26, 1949)
- Martinho de Araujo, Olympic weightlifter (born Jul. 26, 1973)
- Sandra Pires, singer (born Aug. 26, 1969)
- Calisto da Costa, Olympic marathoner (born Feb. 6, 1979)
- Chiquito do Carmo, soccer player/footballer (born Oct. 25, 1986)
- Silverio Pinto Baptista, ombudsman for human rights & justice (born Jun. 20, 1969)
- Eusebio de Almeida (aka Ebi), soccer player/footballer (born Jun. 9, 1985)
- Aguida Fatima Amaral, Olympic women’s marathoner (born May 27, 1972)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches mostly targeting published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a resident of East Timor: East Timorese
Population: 234,331 (Dili)
Density: 12,574 people per square mile (4,855 per square kilometer)
Population: 1,261,072 (East Timor)
Density: 220 people per square mile (85 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$4.975 billion in 2016 (for East Timor, per CIA World Factbook)
GDP per person:$4,200
Note: The above country-level GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars. Credible city GDP statistics for Dili were unavailable.
Official currency used in Dili: US dollars
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on January 19, 2017
Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition. Accessed on January 19, 2017
Facts King, Timor Leste Facts (East Timor). Accessed on January 19, 2017
International Trade Centre, Trade Map. Accessed on August 1, 2017
Official Government Website, Government of Timor-Leste. Accessed on January 19, 2017
The World Factbook, East & Southeast Asia: East Timor, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on January 19, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on January 19, 2017
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Dili. Accessed on January 19, 2017
Wikipedia, East Timor. Accessed on January 19, 2017
Wikipedia, Cristo Rei of Dili. Accessed on January 19, 2017
Including municipal city limits plus nearby communities, the capital Dili’s built-up urban land area measures 18.6 square miles (48.3 square kilometers) with an estimated population of 234,331 residents in 2015.
As of July 2016, East Timor’s national population was 1.3 million people living over land territory equal to 5,743 square miles (14,874 square kilometers)>
Population density is much higher within East Timor’s capital city Dili with an average 12,600 inhabitants per square mile (4,900 per square kilometer).
For East Timor overall, population density drops significantly to an average 220 people per square mile (85 per square kilometer).
East Timor proclaimed its independence from Portugal on November 28, 1975 while May 20, 2002 is when East Timor’s independence from Indonesia was internationally recognized.
As a result, Proclamation of Independence Day is celebrated every November 28 while Restoration of Independence Day occurs on each May 20.