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East Timor

The Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, commonly known as East Timor (Tetum: Timór Lorosa'e), sits at the transition area between Southeast Asia and Oceania. It lies northwest of Australia in the Lesser Sunda Islands at the eastern end of the Indonesian archipelago. East Timor includes the eastern half of the island of Timor, the Oecussi (Ambeno) region on the northwest portion of the island of Timor, and the small islands of Atauro and Jaco. It is one of only two countries in Asia with a Roman Catholic majority, the other one being the Philippines. Indonesia and East Timor are the only Asian countries reaching south of the Equator, and of them East Timor is the only country entirely in the Southern Hemisphere.

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Indonesia

Indonesia is a huge archipelago of diverse islands scattered over both sides of the Equator between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. With more than 260 million people, Indonesia is the fourth most populous country in the world — after China, India and the USA — and by far the largest in Southeast Asia. While it has land borders with Malaysia to the north and East Timor and Papua New Guinea to the east, its exclusive economic zone also abuts Australia to the south; Palau, the Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore, and Thailand to the north; and India to the northwest. With an extensive, but quickly carved out amount of green forests on all of its islands and half way between the poles, Indonesia is nicknamed The Emerald of the Equator.

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Australia

There is nowhere else quite like Australia, the only country that has a whole continent to itself. With an indigenous culture lasting over 60,000 years and truely global immigration from Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, the continent is famous for its natural wonders, wide open spaces, beaches, deserts, "the bush", and "the Outback". However, it is also a highly urbanised, with cosmopolitan cities such as Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Perth.

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