Timor-Leste is the newest country in Asia becoming independent in 2002 after a history of colonisation and occupation. It is strategically located in Southeast Asia, 550 km north of Australia and includes the enclave of Oecusse-Ambeno. It is the only Portugese speaking country in Asia.
The Timor-Leste economy has grown significantly since independence and has been one of the fastest growing economies in the world (IMF 2015). Economic growth in Timor-Leste is expected to accelerate to 3.9 percent in 2019 and 4.6 percent in 2020 (World Bank Report April 2019).
Timor-Leste has only been independent since 2002 and is already recognised as one of the most democratic countries in Southeast Asia (The Diplomat 2018). Despite being a fledgling democratic country, the principles of democracy are proudly upheld and respected.
Major airlines operating into Dili are Air North (Darwin), Sriwijawa Air (Bali), Citilink (Bali) and Air Timor (Kupang). Timor-Leste has made significant investments in its airports, roads and ports over the past few years and there are travel options by boat, bus and taxi.