Updated: Sep 14, 2022
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Timor-Leste, East Timor, officially the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste
Timor Leste is an island country in Southeast Asia. The country is bordered by Indonesia in the west and the Savu Sea in the north.
Reason for Naming the country
"Timor" is derived from "Timur" in the Malay language which means "east", which became recorded as Timor in Portuguese, so the name means "East East". In Portuguese Timor-Leste literally means rising sun. In Indonesian, the country is called Timor Timur, thereby using the Portuguese name for the island followed by the word for "east", as adjectives in Indonesian are put after the noun.