Philippines

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Country Profile: The Philippines

A Closer Look at... the Philippines
OFFICIAL NAME
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Republic of the Philippines
GEOGRAPHY
  Southeastern Asia, archipelago between the Philippine Sea and the South C hina Sea, east of Vietnam
AREA
  299,000 sq km / 115,444 sq miles
COMPARATIVE
  slightly larger than the state of Arizona
POPULATION
  84,619,000
CAPITAL
  Manila (population 10 million in greater metro area)
LITERACY
  95% (age 15+ and can read and write)
LANGUAGE
 

Official: Philipino/Filipino (known as Tagalog)

Other: English

RELIGION
 

Roman Catholic - 82%
Protestant - 9%
Muslim - 5%
Buddhist - 3%

POLITICS
  Democratic Republic with a President elected to a 6-year term
INCOME
  Per capita income = US$ 1,170 per year
CURRENCY
  Philippines Peso (P)
TIME ZONE
  GMT/UTC +8
SOURCES
  Statistics provided by a variety of sources, but mostly the U.S. State Department, the U.N. Statistics Division, and BBC News.

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