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flag Philippines Philippines: Introduction

Capital: Manila


Total Population: 98,393,574
Natural Increase: 1.7%
Density: 330 Inhabitants/km²
Urban Population: 44.6%
Population of main cities including suburbs: Manila Metro (13,503,000); Quezon City (2,680,000); Caloocan (1,379,000); Davao City (1,363,000); Cebu City (1,198,000).
Ethnic Origins: Tagalog 28.1%, Cebuano 13.1%, Ilocano 9%, Bisaya/Binisaya 7.6%, Hiligaynon Ilonggo 7.5%, Bikol 6%, Waray 3.4%, others 25.3%.
Official Language: Filipino and English.
Other Languages Spoken: There are nearly 70 languages in the islands, but the most prevalent minority languages are Visayan (Cebuano), and Ilokano. Spanish is hardly used by the population.
Business Language(s): English. One may however meet Spanish speaking people.
Religion: Catholics 83%; Protestants 9%; Muslims 5%; Others 3%.
Literacy Rate: 92.6%

Local Time:

It is %T:%M %A In Manila

Exchange Rate on :

National Currency: Philippine Peso (PHP)

Country Overview

Area: 300,000 km²
Type of State: Republic based on a presidential government
Type of Economy: Country with intermediate income (lower section), emerging financial market.
Economy which primarily depends on agriculture; world's largest producer of coconut products. The highest birth rate in Asia.
HDI*: 0.660/1
HDI (World Rank): 117/187

Note: (*) The HDI, Human Development Index, is an Indicator Which Synthesizes Several Data Such as Life Expectancy, Level of Education, Professional Careers, Access to Culture etc.


Telephone Code:
To Make a Call From the Philippines, Dial 00
To Make a Call to the Philippines, Dial +63
Internet Suffix: .ph
Computers: 4.5 per 100 Inhabitants
Telephone Lines: 4.1 per 100 Inhabitants
Internet Users: 36.2 per 100 Inhabitants
Access to Electricity: 89.7% of the Population

Foreign Trade in Figures

Foreign Trade Indicators 20092010201120122013
Imports of Goods (million USD) 45,87858,46863,69365,35064,980
Exports of Goods (million USD) 38,43651,49648,30551,99553,977
Imports of Services (million USD) 8,47711,12912,06614,09315,752
Exports of Services (million USD) 10,24814,09517,71118,47822,279

Source: WTO - World Trade Organization - Last Available Data.

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