Comparing United States to Timor-Leste

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If you lived in Timor-Leste instead of United States, you would:


MAKE 59.5% LESS MONEY EVERY YEAR


United States  UNITED STATES ($52,800.00 per capita)
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Timor-Leste  TIMOR-LESTE ($21,400.00 per capita)
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In United States, the GDP per capita is $52,800.00 per capita, while in Timor-Leste, that number is $21,400.00 per capita.
Category: United States vs. Timor-Leste GDP

LIVE 12.2 YEARS LESS


United States  UNITED STATES (79.56 years life expectancy)
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Timor-Leste  TIMOR-LESTE (67.39 years life expectancy)
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In United States, you (on average) will live to approximately 79.56. In Timor-Leste, the average life expectancy is 67.39.
Category: United States vs. Timor-Leste life expectancy

CONSUME 99.5% LESS ELECTRICITY


United States  UNITED STATES (12,186 kWh per capita)
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Timor-Leste  TIMOR-LESTE (56 kWh per capita)
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In United States, electricity consumption use is 12,186 kWh per capita. In Timor-Leste, it is 56 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Timor-Leste electricity consumption

BE 28.9% LESS LIKELY TO HAVE ACCESS TO IMPROVED DRINKING WATER


United States  UNITED STATES (99.2% of people)
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Timor-Leste  TIMOR-LESTE (70.5% of people)
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In United States, 99.2% of people have access to clean drinking water. In Timor-Leste, 70.5% do.
Category: United States vs. Timor-Leste drinking water access

BE 6.29 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DIE IN YOUR INFANCY


United States  UNITED STATES (6.17 per 1000 infants)
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Timor-Leste  TIMOR-LESTE (38.79 per 1000 infants)
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That's 528.7% more likely! In United States, approximately 6.17 per 1000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Timor-Leste, on the other hand, there are a total of 38.79 deaths during infancy per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Timor-Leste infant mortality

BE 2.52 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE UNEMPLOYED


United States  UNITED STATES (7.3% of people)
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Timor-Leste  TIMOR-LESTE (18.4% of people)
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That's 152.1% more likely! In United States, 7.3% of people are unemployed, and in Timor-Leste 18.4% are unemployed.
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HAVE 2.57 TIMES MORE BABIES


United States  UNITED STATES (13.42 babies per 1000 people)
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Timor-Leste  TIMOR-LESTE (34.48 babies per 1000 people)
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That's 156.9% more babies! In United States, there are approximately 13.42 babies per 1000 people. In Timor-Leste, however, there are a total of 34.48 babies per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Timor-Leste birth rate

BE 2.72 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE


United States  UNITED STATES (15.1% of people)
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Timor-Leste  TIMOR-LESTE (41% of people)
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That's 171.5% more likely! In United States, 15.1% of people are below the poverty line. In Timor-Leste, 41% are.
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SEE A 96.5% DECREASE IN COASTLINE


United States  UNITED STATES (19,924km of coastline)
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Timor-Leste  TIMOR-LESTE (706km of coastline)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline, while Timor-Leste has a total of 706 km.
Category: United States vs. Timor-Leste coastline

At a Glance: Timor-Leste

  • Land Area: ~15 thousand sq km (United States is ~661 times bigger than Timor-Leste)
  • Population: ~1 million people (318 million more people live in United States)

How big is Timor-Leste compared to United States? See an in-depth size comparison.

This to-scale map shows a size comparison of Timor-Leste (14,874 sq km) and United States (9,826,675 sq km).


A brief history of Timor-Leste

Timor-Leste is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 14,874 sq km. The Portuguese began to trade with the island of Timor in the early 16th century and colonized it in mid-century. Skirmishing with the Dutch in the region eventually resulted in an 1859 treaty in which Portugal ceded the western portion of the island. Imperial Japan occupied Portuguese Timor from 1942 to 1945, but Portugal resumed colonial authority after the Japanese defeat in World War II. East Timor declared itself independent from Portugal on 28 November 1975 and was invaded and occupied by Indonesian forces nine days later. It was incorporated into Indonesia in July 1976 as the province of Timor Timur (East Timor). An unsuccessful campaign of pacification followed over the next two decades, during which an estimated 100,000 to 250,000 individuals lost their lives. On 30 August 1999, in a UN-supervised popular referendum, an overwhelming majority of the people of Timor-Leste voted for independence from Indonesia. However, in the next three weeks, anti-independence Timorese militias - organized and supported by the Indonesian military - commenced a large-scale, scorched-earth campaign of retribution. The militias killed approximately 1,400 Timorese and forcibly pushed 300,000 people into western Timor as refugees. Most of the country's infrastructure, including homes, irrigation systems, water supply systems, and schools, and nearly 100% of the country's electrical grid were destroyed. On 20 September 1999, Australian-led peacekeeping troops deployed to the country and brought the violence to an end. On 20 May 2002, Timor-Leste was internationally recognized as an independent state. In 2006, internal tensions threatened the new nation's security when a military strike led to violence and a breakdown of law and order. At Dili's request, an Australian-led International Stabilization Force (ISF) deployed to Timor-Leste, and the UN Security Council established the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT), which included an authorized police presence of over 1,600 personnel. The ISF and UNMIT restored stability, allowing for presidential and parliamentary elections in 2007 in a largely peaceful atmosphere. In February 2008, a rebel group staged an unsuccessful attack against the president and prime minister. The ringleader was killed in the attack, and most of the rebels surrendered in April 2008. Since the attack, the government has enjoyed one of its longest periods of post-independence stability, including successful 2012 elections for both the parliament and president. In late 2012, the UN Security Council voted to end its peacekeeping mission in Timor-Leste and both the ISF and UNMIT departed the country by the end of the year.

The data on this page is calculated using data sourced from The World Factbook (2014 data).