Dili is East Timor's capital - the country's largest city and main sea port. It is located on the Timor Island's northern coast.
East Timor (until 1975 known as Portuguese Timor) is a sovereign state in Southeast Asia. It comprises the eastern half of Timor Island, plus the islands Atauro and Jaco. The country was colonised by Portugal in the 16th century. In November 1975, East Timor was declared an independent state. Nine days later, its territory was invaded and occupied by Indonesia. The occupation ended in 1999, following the UN-sponsored self-determination act. East Timor became a sovereign state on May 20, 2002, joining the UN and the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Macau, Portugal, Sao Tome). East Timor is also one of only 2 Southeast Asian nations that are predominantly Christian - together with the Philippines.