385,000 (2009). Growing in use and importance.
East Timor north coast, L1 in Dili area; L2 scattered in western part of East Timor.
1 (National). Statutory national language (2002, Constitution, Article 13).
Increasing in use in urban areas. All domains. All ages. Tetun users [tet] have significant difficulty understanding it in many speech domains, and vice versa.
Cultural rituals and themes in Tetun [tet] are not as deeply rooted in Tetun Dili. Christian.