L1 users: 385,000 (2009).
L1 in Dili district: East Timor north coast; 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. Also use Tetun [tet], some bilingually, but many others have significant difficulty understanding it in many domains.
Latin script [Latn].
Cultural rituals and themes in Tetun [tet] are not as deeply rooted in Tetun Dili. Christian.