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Timor Leste

Movimento Estudante Cristao Timor Leste


SCM Timor Leste was established after Timor Leste gained independence from Indonesia. It was affiliated to the World Student Christian Federation by the 34th General Assembly.

The first national congress of SCM Timor Leste took place on 16-17 July 2004. The national congress finalise three important areas of SCM TL. They are: 1) Formal recognition of SCM TL members (10 senior friends with 71 student members), 2) the constitution of SCM TL and 3) strategy planning of the period of 2004-2006.



SCM Timor Leste
Sinode IPTL
Rua Comoro
Dili, Timor Leste

E-mail: scm_easttimor[at]


Country information

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Country Timor Leste
Capital name: Dili
geographic coordinates:
8 35 S, 125 36 E
time difference: UTC+9 (14 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Population 1,131,612
other estimates range as low as 800,000 (July 2009 est.)
GMT +9
Location Southeastern Asia, northwest of Australia in the Lesser Sunda Islands at the eastern end of the Indonesian archipelago; note - Timor-Leste includes the eastern half of the island of Timor, the Oecussi (Ambeno) region on the northwest portion of the island of Timor, and the islands of Pulau Atauro and Pulau Jaco
Area total: 15,007 sq km
Ethnic groups Austronesian (Malayo-Polynesian), Papuan, small Chinese minority
Religions Roman Catholic 98%, Muslim 1%, Protestant 1% (2005)
Languages Tetum (official), Portuguese (official), Indonesian, English note: there are about 16 indigenous languages; Tetum, Galole, Mambae, and Kemak are spoken by significant numbers of people
Government type republic
National holiday Independence Day, 28 November (1975)
Constitution 22 March 2002 (based on the Portuguese model)
Legal system UN-drafted legal system based on Indonesian law remains in place but is to be replaced by civil and penal codes based on Portuguese law; these have passed but have not been promulgated; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction
Internet country code .tl


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