United States compared to Timor-Leste

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If you moved to Timor-Leste from United States, you would..


make 92.7% less money


United States United States ($57,300 per capita)
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Timor-Leste Timor-Leste ($4,200 per capita)
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United States has a GDP per capita of $57,300, while in Timor-Leste, the GDP per capita is $4,200.
Category: United States vs. Timor-Leste - GDP Per Capita

live 11.7 years less


United States United States (79.8 years)
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Timor-Leste Timor-Leste (68.1 years)
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In United States, the life expectancy is (on average) 79.8 years. In Timor-Leste, the average life expectancy is 68.1 years.
Category: United States vs. Timor-Leste - Life Expectancy

consume 99.2% less electricty


United States United States (12,077 kWh per capita)
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Timor-Leste Timor-Leste (99 kWh per capita)
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United States consumes around 12,077 kWh per capita of electricity per year. In Timor-Leste, that number is 99 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Timor-Leste - Electricity Consumption

have 2.7 times more babies


United States United States (12.5 babies per 1,000 people)
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Timor-Leste Timor-Leste (33.8 babies per 1,000 people)
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In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Timor-Leste, that number is 33.8 babies per 1,000 people.
Category: United States vs. Timor-Leste - Birth Rate

be 2.5 times more likely to live below the poverty line


United States United States (15.1% of people)
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Timor-Leste Timor-Leste (37% of people)
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In United States, approximately 15.1% of people live below the poverty line. In Timor-Leste, that number is 37% of people.
Category: United States vs. Timor-Leste - Poverty Line

be 27.5% 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 (71.9% of people)
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In United States, 99.2% of people have access to clean drinking water. In Timor-Leste, 71.9% of people do.
Category: United States vs. Timor-Leste - Access to Drinking Water

be 6.3 times more likely to die in your infancy


United States United States (5.8 per 1,000 infants)
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Timor-Leste Timor-Leste (36.3 per 1,000 infants)
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In United States, approximately 5.8 per 1,000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Timor-Leste, on the other hand, 36.3 per 1,000 infants do.
Category: United States vs. Timor-Leste - Infant Mortality

be 2.3 times more likely to be unemployed


United States United States (4.7% of people)
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Timor-Leste Timor-Leste (11% of people)
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In United States, approximately 4.7% of people are unemployed. In Timor-Leste, that number is 11% of people.
Category: United States vs. Timor-Leste - Unemployment

see 96.5% less coastline


United States United States (19,924 km)
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Timor-Leste Timor-Leste (706 km)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Timor-Leste, that number is 706 km.
Category: United States vs. Timor-Leste - Coastline

The statistics on this page are calculated using data sourced from The World Factbook (2017 data).


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


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.

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