Etiquette in East Timor

East Timor is located in Southeast Asia and has a population of 1.2 million people.

The nation is a unitary semi-presidential republic.

There are 15 national languages. The official languages are Tetum and Portuguese.

Most citizens follow Catholicism.

The currency of East Timor is the U.S. dollar.

It’s generally a bad idea to discuss sensitive local politics when travelling abroad. In particular, suggesting East Timor become part of Indonesia or praising Suharto’s Orde Baru will be viewed poorly. The Indonesian occupation is still not a distant memory for many East Timorese.

Most men shake hands when they meet. Women will usually kiss one another on the cheek. Men and women usually shake hands, unless they know one another very well and they choose to kiss on the cheek.

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