Belu Regency

Belu Regency is a regency in East Nusa Tenggara province of Indonesia. Established on 20 December 1958,[3] Belu Regency has its seat (capital) in the large town of Atambua.

Belu Regency

Kabupaten Belu

Rai Belu
Coat of arms of Belu Regency
Coat of arms
Nickname(s): 
Belu
Location within East Nusa Tenggara
Location within East Nusa Tenggara
Belu Regency is located in Timor
Belu Regency
Belu Regency
Belu Regency is located in Lesser Sunda Islands
Belu Regency
Belu Regency
Belu Regency (Lesser Sunda Islands)
Belu Regency is located in Indonesia
Belu Regency
Belu Regency
Belu Regency (Indonesia)
Coordinates: 9°20′45″S 124°57′2″E / 9.34583°S 124.95056°E / -9.34583; 124.95056Coordinates: 9°20′45″S 124°57′2″E / 9.34583°S 124.95056°E / -9.34583; 124.95056
Country Indonesia
RegionLesser Sunda Islands
Province East Nusa Tenggara
Settled20 December 1956
CapitalAtambua
Government
 • RegentWilly Lay
 • Vice RegentJ. T. Ose Luan
Area
 • Total496.12 sq mi (1,284.94 km2)
Elevation
1,230 ft (375 m)
Population
 (mid 2020)[1]
 • Total223,176
 • Density450/sq mi (170/km2)
Time zoneUTC+8 (ICST)
Postcodes
856xx, 857xx
Area code(+62) 389
ReligionChristianity 95,45%
Catholic 88,39%
Protestant 7,10%
Islam 4,30%
Hindu 0,19%
Buddha 0,02%[2]
Websitebelukab.go.id

In December 2012 a separate Regency - Malaka Regency - was created from the twelve districts that formerly comprised the southern half of Belu Regency. Belu means friend in Tetum. The residual part of Belu Regency had a population of 188,163 at the 2010 Census, which rose to 206,476 at the 2015 Census[4] and was officially estimated at 223,176 at mid 2020.[5]

Administrative DistrictsEdit

The Belu Regency was until 2013 divided into twenty-four districts (kecamatan), tabulated below with their 2010 Census population. In December 2012, the twelve southern kecamatan were removed to form the new Malaka Regency, leaving the 12 northern kecamatan in Belu Regency. The residual Belu Regency is thus composed of twelve districts (kecamatan), whose areas (in km2) and 2010 Census populations are listed below,[6] together with the official estimates for 2020.[7] The table also includes the location of the district headquarters, the number of administrative villages (rural desa and urban kelurahan) in each district, and its postal code.

Name Area
(in km2)
Population
Census
2010
Population
Estimate
mid 2020[8]
Admini-
strative
centre
Number
of
villages
Post
code
Kota Atambua
(Central Atambua)
24.90 26,396 27,745 Tenukiik 4 85711
-85718
Atambua Barat
(West Atambua)
15.55 21,604 34,059 Sesekoe 4 85713
-85718
Atambua Selatan
(East Atambua)
15.73 22,464 23,216 Asuulun 4 85716
-85718
Total Atambua town 56.18 70,464 85,020 12 85711
-85718
Raimanuk 179.42 14,411 14,040 Arekama 9 85760
Tasifeto Barat
(West Tasifeto)
224.19 22,362 22,814 Kimbana 8 85753
Kakulak Mesak 187.54 17,608 2,834 Umarese 6 85752
Nanaet Dubesi 60.25 4,006 29,058 Tete Seban 4 85751
Tasifeto Timur
(East Tasifeto)
211.37 20,932 23,849 Wedomu 12 85771
Western rural sector (a) 862.77 79,319 92,595 39
Raihat 87.20 13,319 26,575 Bei Sari Loo 6 85773
Lasiolat 64.48 6,166 3,899 Lafuli 7 85771
Lamaknen 105.90 11,583 5,895 Weluli 9 85772
Lamaknen Selatan
(South Lamaknen)
18.41 7,312 9,192 Pie Bulak 8 85770
Eastern salient (b) 365.99 38,380 45,561 30
Totals for regency 1,284.94 188,163 223,176 81

Note: (a) the five westerly rural kecamatan, mainly surrounding or south of Atambua. (b) the area projecting into East Timor.

MediaEdit

Belu Regency is served with four radio stations that cover the wider area around this regency (including Malaka Regency, Alor Regency, and Timor Tengah Utara Regency), which are RRI Pro1 Atambua (FM 91.5 MHz) RRI Pro2 Atambua (FM 99.8 MHz) RRI Pro3 (FM 99.0 MHz), and Saluran Citra Budaya Timor (alias Pro4) (FM 93.1 MHz). There's still a lot of radio that can be found in the town.

The regency is only served with two television stations (TVRI - including TVRI East Nusa Tenggara, Belu TV) and a few other East Timor stations that reach the border pass.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Badan Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2020.
  2. ^ "Kabupaten Belu Dalam Angka 2019". www.belukab.bps.go.id (in Indonesian). Retrieved 13 February 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Government of Indonesia (9 August 1958), Establishment of the Second-level Administrative Regions under the First-level Administrative Region of Bali, West Nusa Tenggara and East Nusa Tenggara (in Indonesian ed.), Indonesia Ministry of Law and Justice, UU No. 69/1958, retrieved 24 August 2007 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Badan Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2018.
  5. ^ Badan Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2018.
  6. ^ Biro Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2011.
  7. ^ Badan Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 20209.
  8. ^ Badan Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2020.