Manufahi District

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Landscape between Dili and Same
Landscape between Dili and Same
Flag of Manufahi
Map of East Timor highlighting Manufahi District
Map of East Timor highlighting Manufahi District
Coordinates: 9°00′S 125°47′E / 9.000°S 125.783°E / -9.000; 125.783Coordinates: 9°00′S 125°47′E / 9.000°S 125.783°E / -9.000; 125.783
Country  East Timor
Capital Same
Subdistricts Alas, Fatuberlio, Same, Turiscai
 • Total 1,323 km2 (511 sq mi)
Area rank 6th
Population (2015)
 • Total 52,246
 • Rank 11th
 • Density 39/km2 (100/sq mi)
 • Density rank 11th
 • Total 8,901 (as of 2004)
 • Rank 11th
Time zone UTC+9
ISO 3166 code TL-MF

Manufahi is one of the districts of East Timor. It has a population of 52,246 (2015 census) and an area of 1,323 km².[1] The capital of the district is Same.[2] The subdistricts are Alas, Fatuberlio, Same, and Turiscai.

During its time as a Portuguese colony, the district was called Same, after the capital city. It was the epicentre of the Great Rebellion of 1910–12. During the Indonesian occupation the subdistrict Hato-Udo was split off from the district and joined to Ainaro, and the subdistrict Turiscai, previously in Ainaro, was moved to Manufahi.

Manufahi lies on the south coast of East Timor, on the Timor Sea. It borders Manatuto District to the east, Ainaro District to the west, and Aileu District to the north.

Besides the national official languages of Tetum and Portuguese, the Malayo-Polynesian language Mambai is also spoken.

Subdivisions of Manufahi
Cities of Manufahi


  1. ^ "Population and Housing Census 2015: Preliminary Results" (PDF). Statistics Timor-Leste. 2015. Retrieved 2017-02-22. 
  2. ^ Lansell Taudevin (1999). East Timor: Too Little Too Late. Duffy & Snellgrove. ISBN 18-759-8963-3.