Suai, East Timor

Suai is a city in East Timor, in Suai Subdistrict. It has a population of 9,866 and is located 138 kilometres (86 mi) to the southwest of Dili, the national capital. Suai is the capital of the Cova Lima District, which is in the southwest of the country. It is located just a few kilometers from the Timor Sea, on the south side of the island.

Location in East Timor
Coordinates: 9°18′45″S 125°15′20″E
Country East Timor
Municipality Cova Lima
Administrative postSuai
  Total302.60 km2 (116.83 sq mi)
13 m (43 ft)
 (2015 census)
  Density33/km2 (84/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+09:00 (TLT)

Suai was the location of the Suai Church Massacre in September 1999. It was one of a number of massacres perpetrated by a pro-Indonesia militia in the time of the Indonesian withdrawal of East Timor.

Following the events of 1999, Suai entered into a friendship program with Port Phillip, a bayside district of Melbourne in Australia. Together they are working towards assisting the community of Suai recover.[1]

Suai is served by Suai Airport which was expanded in 2017.


  1. "Friends of Suai". City of Port Phillip. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
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