Viqueque District

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Coordinates: 8°51′N 126°22′E / 8.850°N 126.367°E / 8.850; 126.367
Viqueque District (Vikeke)
Rice fields in Viqueque, East Timor
Rice fields in Viqueque
Flag of Viqueque.svg
Country  East Timor
Subdistricts Lacluta, Ossu, Uato-Lari, Uato Carabau, Viqueque
Capital Viqueque
 - coordinates 8°51′N 126°22′E / 8.850°N 126.367°E / 8.850; 126.367
Area 1,880 km² (726 sq mi) [1]
Population 73,581 (2011) [2]
Density 39 /km² (101 /sq mi)
District Administrator Francisco Guterres
Timezone Time in East Timor (UTC+9)
ISO 3166-2 TL-VI
Location of Viqueque district
Location of Viqueque district

Viqueque (Tetum: Vikeke) is the largest of the districts of East Timor. The name comes from the ancient name "We Keke"; We means "water" and Keke "bracelet".[3]

Geography[change | change source]

Subdistricts and sucos of the Viqueque district
Cities and rivers of Viqueque district (Borders between 2003 and 2015)

Viqueque is on the south coast of Timor, on the Timor Sea. It has an area of 1,880.39 km2 (726.02 sq mi).[1]

It borders the districts Baucau to the north, Lautém to the east, and Manatuto to the west.

The capital of the district has the same name: Viqueque and the present district administrator is Francisco Guterres.[4]

There are five subdistricts: Lacluta, Ossu, Uato-Lari (which was known in Portuguese Timor as Leça, and, in Tetum, is spelled Watulari), Uato Carabau (spelled Watucarbau in Tetum), and Viqueque.

Among the rivers that flow through the Viqueque district and into the Timor Sea are: Nunuc, Tuco, Cuha, Bularan, Benaro, Beaco and Weburak in the subdistrict Viqueque; Lugassa on the border with Uato -Lari; Saqueto, Bebui, Borouai and Oiqui in the Uato-Lari subdistrict; and Molaiuai and Uaidori in the Uatucarbau subdistrict.

The Ossu subdistrict is surrounded by several mountains: Monte Mundo Perdido in the west, the Builo in the south, the Matebian massif to the east and Fatu Laritame in the north. In Monte Mundo Perdido, 16,100 hectares (40,000 acres) are protected for hunting and for the protection of birds as Important Bird Area. Here, there are many endemic species, including many rare orchids.[5]

Population[change | change source]

The district of Viqueque had a population of 73,581 in 2011.[2] Its density is 39.1 inhabitants per km².

Viqueque is a homeland of the Malayo-Polynesian language Tetum. In East Timor it is co-official with Portuguese. In the east part of the district live speakers of the Papuan language Makasae.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "2010 Census Wall Chart (English)" (pdf). Direcção Nacional de Estatística. Retrieved 15 September 2013.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Timor-Leste in figures 2011" (pdf). Direcção Nacional de Estatística. Retrieved 15 September 2013.
  3. "Koba Lima – Suai". Suai Media Space. Retrieved 15 September 2013.
  4. "2935 civil servants were sworn in by the Public Service Commission". Government of Timor-Leste. 26 July 2011. Retrieved 15 September 2013.
  5. "A lost world in Timor- Leste. Mount Mundo Perdido. A profile of its biodiversity and conservation" (pdf). Bird Life International. Retrieved 15 September 2013.

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