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Capital: Manila


Total Population: 103,320,222
Natural Increase: 1.6%
Density: 347 Inhabitants/km²
Urban Population: 44.3%
Population of main cities: Quezon (2,761,720); Manila (1,652,171); Caloocan (1,489,040); Davao (1,449,296); Cebu (866,171); Antipolo (677,741); Pasig (669,773)
Ethnic Origins: The population is comprised of a vast amount of ethnic communities, in particular Tagalog (around 28% of the population), Cebuano (about 13%), Ilocano (9%), Bisaya/Binisaya (7%), Hiligaynon Ilonggo (8%), Bikol (6%) and Waray (3%), with others ethnic groups representing around 26% of the population. (Philippine Statistics Authority)
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%
National Currency: Philippine Peso (PHP)
Exchange rate (average of the last 30 days):
1 PHP = 0.0161 EUR

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*: 0.668/1
HDI (World Rank): 115/188

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 call from the Philippines, dial 00
To call 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: 87.5% of the Population

Foreign Trade in Figures

Foreign Trade Indicators 20122013201420152016
Imports of Goods (million USD) 65,35065,70567,71969,92086,290
Exports of Goods (million USD) 52,09956,69862,10058,64856,313
Imports of Services (million USD) 13,96216,05820,60723,59924,233
Exports of Services (million USD) 20,42523,32125,48328,15331,357

Source: WTO – World Trade Organisation, 2017


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