Fohoren ( Fohorem, Fohorém, Fuorém ) is a Suco and the capital of East Timor subdistrict Fohorem in the district of Cova Lima. Foho means "mountain ", Ren means " peak ".

The place

The place is located 94 km southwest Fohoren from the state capital Dili and about 20 km north- west of the district capital of Suai in a straight line at an altitude of 595 m. In close proximity to Fohoren are several villages which form a more or less closed settlement with Fohoren. These are: Fatuc Bitic Laran ( Fatukbitiklaran ) Nularan, Sadahur ( Sadahor ) Lo'o Hali ( Loohali ) and Fatuhesi ( Fatubesi ). There is a primary school ( Escola Primaria Catolica N. Shra do Rosario ), two preparatory schools for the secondary stage, a converted helipad and community health center. While leading an overland road from Tilomar after Fohoren, but had to be brought in 2007 the polls by helicopter to the polling station in elementary school and picked up for the parliamentary elections in East Timor.

Sundays is a weekly market in Fohoren.

The Suco

In Suco Fohoren live 1,606 inhabitants (2010, 2004: 1,468 ). About 85 % of the population give Tetum Terik as their native language. About 10 % speak Tetum Prasa Bunak and a minority.

The Suco is located in the south of the sub-district Fohorem and has an area of ​​39.93 km ². To the west it borders on the Suco Dato Rua, on the north by Lactos and Dato Tolu. South of the subdistrict Tilomar, with its Sucos Beiseuc and Lalawa, southeast of Suai subdistrict with the Suco Debos and northeast of the sub-district Maucatar with the Suco Ogues. A part along the western border, the river flows Bora. It flows into the border river in the south, the Maubui. Similarly, the Nanamauk, the flows coming from Dato Tolu through the center Fohorens. On the southeast corner of the Sucos Maubui meets the Asaematen, the eastern border river. Together they form the river Tafara.

In the west are the most major settlements. Most form a settlement center with the place Fohoren. A little further south-east, the village is Fatuc Laran ( Fato Claran ). In the center of Sucos is located on the western shore of Nanamauk the place Maubesi and east of the Sucos the villages Loroquida ( Lorokida ) and Baukama.

In Suco are the five aldeias Fatuc Bitic Laran, Fatuc Laran, Lo'o Hali, Loroquida and Sadahur.


Fohorem was one of the traditional kingdoms of Timor, which were ruled by a Liurai. It appears on a list of Afonso de Castro, a former governor of Portuguese Timor, who performed 47 kingdoms in 1868.

According to oral traditions Fohorem Nutetu had secured through diplomacy, marriage alliances and conquests against other empires, the supremacy in the region. In Dato Tolu there is an ancient sword that is in a stone. It should come from the ancestors. Five more striking stones found there in a Betelnusshain. You should discuss with the five princesses are related, who ruled according to an ancient legend Camenaça, Suai, Maucatar, Taroman and Fohorem under the suzerainty of her father. Of these, the name is derived. " Koba " ( from which " Kova " derives ) is a basket for ritual ceremonies and " lima ", the word for "five".

Governor José Celestino da Silva led in March 1895 offensive against Fohorem and other neighboring kingdoms around them finally to submit for Portugal. Fohoren was the administrative center of the Portuguese in the region. The Estado Novo was known as Nova Gouveia. After the Second World War Fohoren was part of the circle ( conselho ) fronteira whose capital was Bobonaro. 1961 Cova Lima became an independent district with Suai as its capital.


In the elections of 2004/2005 Alarico Agustinho was elected Chefe de Suco. In the 2009 elections, Agusto Cardoso won.