East Timor’s population grew 15 percent in 6 years to 1.066 million people

22 October 2010

Dili, East Timor, 22 Oct – The population of East Timor increased by 15 percent in six years and currently stands at 1.066 million inhabitants, indicates the preliminary report on the 2010 population and housing census released on Thursday in Dili.

According to the preliminary report, East Timor has the highest annual demographic growth compared to other countries in the region, 2.41 percent, followed by Papua New Guinea with 2.17 percent.

Compared to the previous population census in 2004 the population grew by 143,000 people. The Dili district accounted for most of the growth and now has 234,000 inhabitants (21.97 percent of the country’s total population), versus 175,000 in 2004.

As in 2004, the prevalence of males in the national population continues, with 541,000 males and 525,000 females counted.

The 2010 census was carried out from 11 to 25 July. The definitive results will be presented in mid-2011. (macauhub)